Detroit’s TCF Financial wants to help bridge the gulf between banking’s upper echelons and the broader community. The bank is launching an Emerging Leaders Advisory Board which will include eight TCF employees and seven external members drawn from young and diverse leaders in government, community non-profits and business owners.
ELAB members will work with TCF executives and its board to bridge the generational gap that exists in modern banking and finance. Key areas of input include technology and relationships in banking; workplace culture; financial needs of future generations; and corporate social responsibility.
“It is important that, as a bank, we hear the voices of our younger leaders who are already reshaping how we do business and interact with each other. We are excited to work with this talented and diverse group of individuals who are leaders in their professions and communities. Their forward-thinking ideas will add a new dimension to our bank and help us to shape the way we think about banking for years to come,” said Gary Torgow, executive chairman of TCF Financial Corp.
ELAB’s community members will develop and execute educational financial literacy and financial wellness events tailored to the needs of future generations, advise on ways to attract and retain talent, and help better position the bank as a socially responsible leader in the financial sector.
Members will serve a one-year term, and the board will expand after the Huntington-TCF merger closes later this year.
“There is an immense amount of talent on this board, and I am eager to see the contributions they will make across the bank,” said Stephen Steinour, Huntington Bancshares chairman, president and CEO. “At Huntington, we are committed to welcoming all generations and diversity of customers and talent, so the work of the Emerging Leaders Advisory Board is extremely important.”
Members of the advisory board include:
- Ghida Dagher, director of appointments, Executive Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan)
- Rachid Elabed, community manager of business operations, ACCESS (Michigan)
- Katarina Flathau, volunteer & strategic giving manager, assistant vice president, TCF Bank (Michigan)
- Anne Kruger, senior legal counsel, vice president, TCF Bank (Minnesota)
- Garrett Jackson, university relations, assistant vice president, TCF Bank (Michigan)
- Vance Jackson, impact development officer, City of Detroit Mayor’s Office (Michigan)
- Molly Greenheck, senior organizational effectiveness specialist, TCF Bank (Minnesota)
- Kamilia Landrum, executive director, Detroit Branch NAACP (Michigan)
- Jonae’ Maxey, founder, Maxey Real Estate Investments (Michigan)
- Latrice McClendon, director of corporate community relations, senior vice president, TCF Bank (Michigan)
- Austyn McElroy, director, customer experience – consumer, vice president, TCF Bank (Minnesota)
- Chelsea Neblett, manager, Detroit Financial Empowerment Center (Michigan)
- Shauen Pearce, economic development and inclusion policy director, City of Minneapolis
- Echo Propp, sponsorship market manager, assistant vice president, TCF Bank (Minnesota)
- James Urquhart, banking center manager, officer, TCF Bank (Illinois)