Most Powerful Women to Watch: No. 3, Truist Financial's Ellen Fitzsimmons

By Hannah Lang
Oct 26, 2021 10:05 AM ET

Chief Legal Officer and Head of Public Affairs

As one of only two women on the executive leadership team at Truist Financial, Ellen Fitzsimmons knows the power of representation.

That recognition, along with last year’s national reckoning around racial injustice, inspired Fitzsimmons, Truist’s chief legal officer and head of public affairs, to lead a companywide effort to increase the proportion of women and minorities in leadership roles from almost 12% to 15% within three years.

“We've put a goal there that's very specific, and we're very loud about where we are on the path to it and how we're getting there,” Fitzsimmons said.

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