Speaker pushes audience to be extraordinary

Dominic Baez

Students were awed by Raichelle Glover, who visited the college this week courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

“She had an amazing positive energy,” senior Mae Swisher said. “She has this drive to encourage people. She is just a really inspirational woman.”

Glover is the head of Rai Glover Consulting, her own business, which aids  companies in encouraging employees.

Leading a discussion titled “Making Hard Choices,” Tuesday night in Nicholson Library, Glover spoke to an audience that included a mix of students, faculty and staff. Her speech was about how people have to make hard choices in life and how they should approach the decision-making process.

“When she talked about setbacks, she said sometimes the things you don’t do define who you become,” Swisher said.

Glover opened the discussion with a reference to the book “Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson. She described how people settle for ordinary when they need to push themselves to become extraordinary.

She described her value system, which she said has helped her with making many difficult choices.

“I never wanted to compromise my morals,” she said. “My mother used to tell me, ‘You never see a U-haul following a hearse.’ They don’t talk about how much you made at your funeral; they talk about what you did.”

Following her mantra of living life with no regrets, Glover recently retired from a 23-year career with Bank of America, becoming one of the youngest retirees under the bank’s “rule of 60.” The policy allows bank employees to retire when their age and years of service to the company add up to 60       years or more.

She gave up her career to be with her ill father.

Glover was involved with the “Reflections on Leadership: Liberal Education and the Global Economy” panel discussion April 9 night in Ice Auditorium. The panel also featured two distinguished business leaders: Peter B. Hamilton, retired president of Brunswick Corporation’s Boat Group, and Curtis W. Baker, a retired managing director of Merrill Lynch & Co.

The panel discussed topics such as what changes the business world is facing, how colleges can better prepare students for careers in business and misconceptions about careers in                       the fields.

Glover completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of South Carolina. She attended the South Carolina Banker’s School where she served as president of her class and received further certification from Duke University. She is a member of the National Speakers     Association.

Glover is involved in a number of other organizations, including the North Carolina Community Colleges system, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Association board and more than 30 other boards and task forces. She recently served as chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and on the board of directors of the United Way.

Glover’s honors and recognitions are numerous, including being inducted into the W.L. Bonner College Hall of Fame, winning the 2007 Best of the Best award by Charlotte Magazine and the 2005 Maya Angelou Women Who Lead, awarded by Dr. Maya Angelou.

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