The School of Business recently tapped Kathryn Banks, former senior vice president at Bank of America, as the associate director of the Global Business Resource Center (GBRC). In her new role, Banks is responsible for strengthening the international business major with learning experiences through internships and mentoring programs.
During most of her 20-year work history in finance and investment for the liability management and capital markets divisions at Bank of America, she helped raise the cash needed to bridge the gap between the bank’s daily operational needs and funds provided by deposits and longer-term corporate debt. She can relay to students her first-hand insights into corporate culture, living abroad and the positive impact it had on her professional success.
Her work in the GBRC includes collaborating with the business community and professional and not-for-profit groups devoted to global commerce and seeking internships for students where they gain exposure to real-world learning.
“I want international business students to strengthen their resumes with top-notch internship and work experience,” says Banks, a 1977 CofC alum. “My goal is to inspire students to reach beyond the international business degree. Classroom curriculum should be reinforced with practical experience, particularly with a multi-national company, and cultural awareness gained by working and living in another country.”
In addition, as a part of her GBRC role, Banks works closely with business professors to coordinate the Certified Global Business Professional program.
“I am eager to meet with students to talk about their individual interests and to share their thoughts on what kinds of programs they would like to see offered through our school,” explains Banks. “Students are welcome to contact me or stop by my office.”
Banks earned a bachelor of arts in French and a master in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. When she left Bank of America in 2001, she taught for three semesters in the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte.
Since 2003, she and her husband have resided on Dewees Island, which makes for a very interesting daily commute, beginning and ending with a ferryboat ride. “I am excited to be back on the CofC campus. Every day that I come to work is a walk down memory lane, though an awful lot has changed.”
Contact Kathryn Banks at (843) 953-6621 or at BanksK@cofc.edu. Her office is located at Beatty 306.