Women in Business
Take a memo: Delaware’s businesswomen have the vision, ability and tenacity to build thriving companies. Meet executives who’ve succeeded despite unthinkable loss, financial obstacles or resistance from employees in male-dominated fields.
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If you’re a Bank of America client, you’ve probably received communication scrutinized by Leslie Gillin, BOA’s direct response and analytical marketing executive. Gillin, who leads a team of 500 professionals, is responsible for all direct marketing and targeted communications for BOA’s consumer and small business bank, including insurance for more than 60 million households and 4 million small-business customers. Gillin has served BOA in Dallas, Canada and England. When she returned to Delaware in 1999, she headed the multicultural marketing group and was responsible for new sales, marketing and partnerships with the NAACP, United Negro College Fund and Asian American Association, as well as U.S. Hispanic and Puerto Rico Marketing.
Moving up Gillin joined BOA as a telesales associate in 1990.
Greatest challenge “To run marketing for the U.S. Consumer Card business during one of the most challenging economic periods in our lives.”
Cynthia Hewitt, a Merrill Lynch financial adviser in Wilmington, gets lots of ink. She has been recognized in the annual Barron’s list of America’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors for five straight years, as well as on its America’s Top 1000 State-by-State list as the No. 1-ranked adviser in Delaware. In 2009 Registered Red magazine named Hewitt one of the Top 100 Advisors in the Nation. Hewitt, who joined Merrill Lynch in 1976, sits on the investment committees of the Delaware Community Foundation, The Tatnall School and the Ulster Project-Delaware. She also is a founding senior partner of the HART Group at Merrill Lynch, as well as a founder of the Fund for Women in Delaware.
Her passion “Helping families make the most of their wealth, whether that’s for providing income in retirement, proper estate planning or philanthropic wishes.”
No I in team: “I have helped put together a first-rate team of investment professionals to better help our clients navigate the growing complexities of the financial services industry.”
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