Laura Meyer Wellman is 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.
Ms. Wellman 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. A leading provider of employee disaster and hardship relief funds, E4E provides its national roster of Fortune 500 and other companies efficient, turnkey solutions to support their employees experiencing financial hardship due to unexpected life events.
Prior to taking the helm at E4E in early 2014, she served as executive vice president to its parent organization, Foundation For The Carolinas, a community foundation with assets of $2.1 billion, based in Charlotte, NC. Joining the Foundation in 2002, she brought new levels of business oversight to its ever-expanding set of initiatives, with responsibility for strategic development, talent planning, investments, marketing, communications, and administration.
Previously, Ms. Wellman had an extensive career in the financial services industry, encompassing a wide range of executive leadership positions in marketing, management, investments, business development, and other disciplines with Bank of America and Citibank, including both U.S. and international responsibilities. Among her prior positions at Citi are director of investor relations and vice president for Middle East/Africa private banking in New York. She moved to Charlotte as consumer marketing executive for NationsBank, and served as regional marketing executive for its successor company, Bank of America.
Ms. Wellman is President-elect of the Duke Alumni Association, joining the DAA Board of Directors in 2015, and has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility as well as the Trinity Board of Visitors. A committed volunteer to Duke since graduation, she has been active in many disciplines, including Women’s Forum, Duke Forward, and reunion planning, and as a conference panelist.
An active community leader in international, cultural and educational organizations, she currently serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council (Charlotte) and Opera Carolina, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and French-American Chamber of Commerce. She is one of the founding members of the Private Directors Association’s Charlotte Chapter, and recently completed a three-year term as chair of the Investment Committee for the board of Providence Day School.
Ms. Wellman received her A.B. (double major) in Russian and French from Duke and an M.B.A. from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. 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).
Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017, she serves as an observer on the Human Resources Committee and the Institutional Advancement Committee. She is serving a four-year term on the board, two years as an observer and two years as a voting member.