Laura Meyer Wellman is President-elect of the Duke University Alumni Association and chair of the Duke Alumni Association Board of Directors. Elected to Duke’s Board of Trustees in 2017, she is serving a four-year term on the board, two years as an observer and two years as a voting member.
Mrs. Wellman is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of France for the Piedmont and Western regions of North Carolina, appointed in 2011 by the Government of France and U.S. Department of State. She most recently served as the first president and chief executive officer of E4E Relief™, a position from which she retired at the end of 2016. Her prior career experience includes leadership roles in marketing, investments, management, and business development at Citibank, Bank of America and Foundation For The Carolinas.
A committed volunteer to Duke since graduation, Mrs. Wellman has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility as well as the Trinity Board of Visitors. She has been active in diverse areas, including Women’s Forum, Duke Forward, the Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee, and reunion planning, and as a conference panelist.
She is an engaged Charlotte-area community leader in international, cultural and educational organizations, currently serving on the boards of the World Affairs Council (Charlotte) and Opera Carolina. Prior board service includes Providence Day School and Charlotte Ballet. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Women Executives and the French-American Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Wellman received her A.B. (double major) in Russian and French from Duke and an M.B.A. from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. She and her husband, Ward, a retired attorney, live in Charlotte. They have two adult children, a son Alex, and a daughter, Edie (Duke A.B.’11).