Chief of Staff, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion & Strategic Philanthropy at WELLS FARGO
Michelle Thornhill is the SVP & Diversity and Inclusion Integration/Strategy manager at Wells Fargo. In this position, she is responsible for providing proactive and strategic leadership consulting to our key stakeholder groups to support the development of a diversity and inclusion strategy and execution model that is supported by all lines of business.
Michelle previously serve as the African American segment manager for Enterprise Marketing Diverse Segments and has extensive experience in navigating and influencing multiple stakeholders to gain alignment. She has over 15 years of experience developing consumer initiatives for diverse audiences in the financial services and non-profit sector, and has traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, in support of these goals. She firmly grasps the multi-faceted nature of the African American segment from her work with the NAACP, teaching at a Historically Black College and University, developing and implementing financial education programs, and consulting with African American business owners Michelle was recognized by Uptown Professional in 2012 as one of the Top 100 Executives and received the Network Journal’s “Twenty Five Influential Black Women in Business Award” in 2011. She currently serves as Chair of the advisory board for New Leaders in Charlotte.
Michelle’s educational credentials blend finance and public policy, with a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
A native of Richmond, Va., Michelle resides in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband, Dr. Wayne L. Thornhill, Esquire, and her two sons, Kwame and Kwasi.