Retired finance executive with achievements in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors; successful as a senior administrator in higher education who focused on financial management to achieve strategic objectives; extensive corporate experience in finance, business planning, new product assessment, marketing and information systems; effective communicator with highly developed analytical and organizing abilities.
Extensive experience early in career with information technology, particularly programming and systems engineering that was invaluable in recommending and developing IT solutions for IBM’s largest customers. Switched career path to finance within IBM after attending the Wharton School and worked in several locations and finance positions before retiring from IBM. Accepted a position at Howard University heading up a new Financial Analysis department and shortly thereafter was appointed University Budget Director. In that role, converted all university departments from a typewritten paper form-based budget system to a computer-based system, improving productivity and accuracy. Initiated and chaired the Budget Task Force, involving students, deans, and senior administrators in the development process for the university budget. Oversaw significant improvements in the quality of financial information provided to the Board of Directors, especially the Finance Committee. Tasked with achieving a number of strategic programs, including construction projects.
Ms. Bell served on the Board of Easterseals DC-MD-VA (Finance Committee) and remains a President’s Council Donor. She also served on the Boards of the Austin Ballet Theatre, Scandrett Disabilities Scholarship Fund and the Greater Washington Urban League Guild. She has received numerous awards for leadership and volunteer roles with many organizations that serve women and children. She is a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which is dedicated to service, and a Leadership Greater Washington alumna.