2014 Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership honored 2014 recipient of the annual Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award

Ms. Michelle Y. Lee, Eastern Region President, Community Banking, Wells Fargo

Photo: michelle y. lee, eastern region president, wells fargo  


About the Awardee

Ms. Lee has spent her entire 30 year banking career with Wells Fargo and its predecessor companies.  In her current role, she is in charge of 32,000 employees in 2,700 retail banking locations covering 14 states, from Connecticut to Florida and as far west as Tennessee.  She is also an executive vice president for the company.   A Newark, N.J. native, Ms. Lee serves on the boards of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation; and Junior Achievement of New Jersey, among others. She is a partner member of Choose New Jersey and is past President of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School Foundation in Newark.  Among her numerous accolades, Ms. Lee has received the “Excellence in Business and Community Service Award” from Project ReDirect and was honored at the Girl Scouts of Greater New York’s 100th Anniversary Gala for being a powerful role model for young women.  For Ms. Lee's complete bio, click here.

This year, Ms. Lee chose Marion P. Thomas Charter School (MPTCS). MPTCS is dedicated to serving Newark families and has been educating and inspiring Newark children for more than a decade.  MPTCS' mission is to create a 21st century Village responsive to the needs of children, parents and the Newark community at-large. As one of Newark's top innovative academic institutions, MPTCS differentiates itself by implementing programs such as: single gender classrooms; multi-age, honors programs, performing arts, band and sports programming. Academic innovation continues to be a crucial piece of the school’s blueprint for success and the school sustains its Village by providing project-based educational opportunities which encourage critical thinking and community responsibility. Additionally, MPCTS provides a comprehensive service center that addresses the needs of parents to help ensure a positive home and school environment for its pupils.

To learn more about past recipients, click here.


Support this Award Today

Please consider making a contribution in support of the Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award, in honor of Ms. Lee and for your commitment to Rutgers University and community engagement in the City of Newark.   A check to the Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award may be sent to:

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership
Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award
1 Washington Park, 10th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

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