Keynote Speaker - Sharon Allen

Sharon L. Allen is Chairman of the Board of Deloitte LLP. As chairman of an organization with almost $11 billion in annual revenues, Sharon’s governance responsibilities include leading the efforts of the board to provide oversight and guidance to the management of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

Sharon’s influence and governance responsibilities extend beyond her U.S. leadership roles. She is a member of the global board of directors of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, where she serves as the U.S. representative on the global governance committee and chairs the global risk committee.

With 38 years of audit and consulting experience, Sharon works to ensure that Deloitte achieves its vision to be “the Standard of Excellence,” and oversees the organization’s relationships with a number of major multinational clients.

Sharon is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and serves on the board of directors of Catalyst Inc., the national board of the YMCA, and the Autry National Center. She also served on the President’s Export Council in Washington, D.C.

A frequent speaker on governance, diversity, ethics, and workplace issues, Sharon has addressed such prestigious forums as The Boston Club, The City Club of Cleveland, the Dallas Friday Group, the Detroit Economic Club, Fortune Boardroom Reports, Forbes Executive Women’s Forum, and the UN Economic Development Fund. She also has addressed major business schools and leading undergraduate programs including those at Brigham Young University, Cornell, Duke, Howard University, the University of Illinois, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, the University of Texas, and the University of Southern California.

Frequently honored for her contributions to business and community leadership, Sharon was named to Forbes’ list ofThe 100 Most Powerful Women in the World” for four consecutive years. Crain’s NY Business cited her as one of the most powerful business women in New York, and she was recently named by Directorship as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” for the fourth year in a row. She received the “Making A Difference for Women” award from the National Council for Research on Women, has been named the Financial Women’s Association’s “Woman of the Year,” received the Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute, and earned the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business Leader Award. Sharon was named 2009 International Honoree by Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society, and Ethisphere included her on its 2009 list of “The Most Influential People in Business Ethics.”

Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Idaho. In 2004, her alma mater presented her with an honorary doctorate in administrative science.


Carla D. Fox, BB&T

Carla Fox is an Executive Vice President in the Risk Management Organization at BB&T and serves as the Chief Loan Operations Officer.  She began her employment with BB&T in 1990 and held previous roles as the BB&T University Manager and the Support Services Division Manager.

Carla is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  She had the pleasure of joining a learning organization and has had numerous opportunities to study various subjects. Her focus on organizational development provided her certification in MBTI, environmental intelligence and quality management. Carla has also earned her Six Sigma Black Belt.

Carla resides in Winston-Salem, NC and enjoys spending time with her family and playing competitive tennis.