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Friday Fellow of the Month: Tameka Reed

Wednesday, October 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
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“I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare” ~Maya Angelou

Tameka A. Reed is Assistant Vice President, Community Development Banking Specialist at PNC Bank in Raleigh NC. As a Community Development Banking Specialist, she works with nonprofit organizations in Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina. Community Development Banking is a distinct line of business within PNC’s retail bank that is primarily engaged in affordable housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization and stabilization, financial education and community services to help improve the quality of life for low to moderate income individuals and communities. As part of her role, she is responsible for securing employees in the PNC footprint to help lead sessions in financial education in the low to moderate communities.

Tameka began her banking career 14 years ago with RBC Bank (USA) in the Public Institutional Banking department as a sales assistant where she worked with various municipalities in five states. As a sales assistant, Tameka created a training guide to help with onboarding new employees. Tameka led the training sessions for all new employees. Five years into her banking career, Tameka changed gears and began working in a hybrid role in commercial banking and community development banking as a client and community specialist.

In 2012, with the merger of RBC Bank and PNC Bank Tameka started her journey as a Community Development Banking Specialist. Tameka has the pleasure of working with nonprofit organizations that are entrenched in our low to moderate income communities. One highlight of her job is working with our youth in partnerships with our local boys and girls clubs, after school programs and public schools. It is an amazing opportunity to connect with our local communities and work with our children to ensure that we talk and connect to our children about the importance of being financial literate. Our goal is to break the cycle in our community using predatory lenders as a source of banking. In addition, to talking about financial education and the benefits of having a good relationship with a financial institution; Tameka shares her life struggles as someone who grew up in the inter-city of Camden New Jersey and being a first generation college student.

Tameka is a native of Camden, New Jersey where she resided with her mother and father and she is the oldest sibling. Camden has the reputation as a violent city where opportunities seem limitless for those who reside in the city. Tameka surrounded herself with a small group of friends who believes that you should never become a product of your environment and use your skillset to open new doors. Tameka started working at the age of 14 years old as a cashier at a local fast food restaurant, greeter/cashier at the New Jersey State Aquarium and a proof operator at a local bank. Hard work was never an issue for Tameka, but learning who she was as a person and leader was always challenging.

Although Tameka has not had any formal leadership training or development, she understands that surrounding herself with leaders in the community, formal and informal mentors has helped her become the person she is today.

As a 2017-2019 Friday Fellow, Tameka started this process a little apprehensive as to how she was selected amongst a unique group of individuals from across the state. As she shared in their intimate circle her vision became clear why she was chosen. Her compassion, commitment to her community, listening with an open heart and learning how you can become a change agent in your community is only the beginning. As a leader it is our duty to embrace our diverse community and be courageous to take a chance and have an open mind. There may be times that you are standing alone, but because of your strength to lead and your determination it is only the fuel that you will need in order to succeed. This journey that she has embarked is only the tip of the iceberg as a leader. Leadership is ongoing and it is a life time commitment. As she takes on this role as a leader in her community, she will need to adapt to the ever changing roles that will come before her.  As she continues to go through this journey of leadership, Tameka reflects on the following quote – A Leader, first and foremost, is human. Only when we have the strength to show our vulnerability can we truly lead. ~ Simon Sinek

She currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband and they are the proud parents of two teenage sons. Tameka holds board positions with Raleigh Rescue Mission, Family Resource Center of South Atlantic, EVOLVE Mentoring; Employee Business Resource Group – PNC Recognizing Emerging Professionals (PREP) member and past executive committee leader; Community Home Trust Open Doors Committee, and Sisters Inspiring Sisters Small PEARL Community Advisor; featured in the 2nd Edition of Who’s Who in Black Raleigh & Durham. Tameka is a proud member of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated where she serves as a member of the Finance Committee, Educational Committee, Economic Committee and Regional Program and Planning

Tameka received her B.B.A in Finance from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and Masters of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University, North Carolina.

Each month a new Friday Fellow from the 2017-2019 class is featured.  This is the eleventh feature in the series.  Find previous monthly features in our news archives  here.

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