Mentoring in the Workplace

A mentor is a more experienced individual who, without a goal of personal gain, helps and guides another individual’s development. Though mentors are not after personal gain, mentoring relationships benefit the mentee, the mentor, and the organization by building strong networks and sharing institutional and professional knowledge. This panel is directed at experienced career women who are looking to mentor others.  Panelists will share their experiences as a mentor and their lessons learned to help attendees gain skills and tools necessary to guide the next generation of career women.


Pattie Imperial, Executive Vice President, SunTrust Private Wealth Management

Kirsten Weeks, Sr. Community Manager for Cisco

Colleen Slaughter, Founder and President of Authentic Leadership

Ami Israel, Senior Director, Clinical Project Management, General Medicine, Quintiles

Alice Lutz, Chief Executive Office, Triangle Family Services


Pattie Imperial, Executive Vice President, Carolina Private Wealth Management at SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.

Pattie Imperial

Pattie Imperial currently serves as the Executive Vice President of SunTrust Bank’s Private Wealth Management division for the Carolinas.  In this role, her responsibilities include oversight of eleven Private Wealth Management offices which provide financial advice to legal firms, partners, medical practices, physicians, business owners and individuals of wealth.

She began her SunTrust career in 1985 in Macon, Georgia.  In 1988, Pattie moved to Columbus, Georgia where she worked in Retail Banking, Mortgage Banking and Private Wealth Management until 2002.  In 2002, she and her family moved to Savannah, Georgia, to assist the bank with merging several markets into the Georgia Region Private Wealth Management.  In 2005, she moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to assist with merger and integration of SunTrust Private Wealth Management in the Carolinas.

Pattie’s past community involvement has included Board Member and/or Trustee for City of Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Historic Columbus Foundation, Southwest Georgia Chapter Arthritis Foundation, and Chairman of Deacons to First Presbyterian of Columbus, Georgia and past President of Columbus Lawyers Auxiliary.  She is an alumna of Leadership Columbus.  Currently, Pattie is a member of Triangle United Way Women’s Leadership Counsel, White Memorial Presbyterian Church Step Up Committee and Junior League.  Pattie will be an upcoming Board Member of Dress for Success.  Pattie facilitates a work-life balance session as part of the Georgia region mentoring program.  Pattie enjoys the Arts, music, and working with organizations that help women and children.

Pattie is a graduate of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.  Pattie is married to Robert Imperial, a law partner with Williams Mullen.  They have two children and reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Kirsten Weeks

Kirsten Weeks, Sr. Community Manager for Cisco

Kirsten Weeks is Sr. Community Relations Manager for Cisco, overseeing the company’s Community Relations programs at Cisco’s major U.S. locations.

Immediately prior to joining Cisco in February 2007, Weeks served in several communications roles during her four-year tenure with the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer.

Prior to joining the Treasurer’s office, Weeks worked for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and as assistant press secretary for North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt.  She also worked as press secretary for the National Partnership for Women and Families (formerly the Women’s Legal Defense Fund), a non-profit advocacy organization in Washington, DC.

Weeks is a native North Carolinian.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from North Carolina State University.  She also holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Roy H. Park Fellow and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School.


Alice Lutz

Alice Lutz, CEO of Triangle Family Services

“People forget the Facts and details but they don’t forget how you make them feel”. “Do something for someone every day especially yourself”. Mantras by which Alice Lutz adheres to whether in her personal, professional or volunteer role(s).   Alice Lutz  joined Triangle Family Services in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer. Alice brings 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management including serving as Executive Director and in leadership roles and as a board member for various nonprofits. Highlights include:  agency management, extensive fundraising experience, organizational development, educator , project management, comprehensive marketing and communication plans, and management of corporate partnerships. Alice has benefited from mentors and served as mentor in a variety of settings. Lutz earned her Marketing degree from Virginia Tech; is a graduate of the Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Program with the Duke University of Continuing Studies Program; graduate of the Walt Disney World Business Excellence Leadership Program and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

As CEO Alice leads a team of 60 employees at Triangle Family Services – a 74 year old human service agency that meet the needs of families in crisis. Primary program areas include mental health; financial stability and family safety programs. Visit


Ami Israel, Senior Director, Clinical Project Management, General Medicine, Quintiles

Ms. Israel  has over 25 years experience in project management, 15 years working in areas of clinical research and international public health, five years in the leadership and management of the CDC National HIV/AIDS/STI multiple call centre environments and six years within hospital settings. She has broad experience in training and management. In her current role, she oversees the North/South America leadership for the Muscle, Bone and Cartilage unit  managing staff, programmes and business within the general medicine division. Most recently, she applied experience in organizational behaviour, change management and communication to lead the Quintiles Clinical Trial Management system core team in their communication efforts to develop and deploy Phase I/II of a new system targeted for over 10,000 global users to monitor on-going trials. She has extensive experience working in developing countries with HIV/AIDS/STDs and family planning programmes.

Ami is an advisory member on the Quintiles Developing Women Leaders Committee, with active roles on several sub-committees. She is a formal mentor within the Quintiles Mentor Program as well as within the HBA (healthcare women’s business association) Mentor Program.