Orangeburg Native Shares Banking Expertise during Executive Speaker Series at SC State University

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Benita Evans Lefft"Preparation required for a Successful Career in Banking" is the topic business students will hear on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011  at noon during SC State’s Executive Speaker Series in Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium. Delivering this dynamic presentation will be Benita Evans Lefft, senior vice president at Wells Fargo Bank in Charlotte, N.C.

Lefft serves as manager in the Credit Management Group and is responsible for administering a portfolio of over $850 million in commercial loan assets. She leads a team of 60 employees located in Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Summit, N.J. and Philadelphia, Pa.  

Lefft began her banking career in 1981 as a management trainee at South Carolina National Bank.  Since that time, she has held numerous leadership positions in prominent financial institutions in the southeast and midwest. Lefft joined First Union Bank, now Wells Fargo Bank, 20 years ago.  Since her tenure with Wells Fargo, she has held leadership roles as urban community bank manager, commercial relationship manager, senior commercial loan underwriter, e-marketplace director and chief operating officer for general bank risk management. 

Lefft is active with the Risk Management Association (RMA) Small Business Work Out Officers Round Table and has served on the Board of Directors for Discovery Place, the Charlotte District Mission Society and the Palmetto-Richland Cancer Center.  She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Lefft earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina with a double major in economics and political science. She earned the MBA degree from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

Lefft is married to Joseph R. Lefft, esquire, and they are the parents of three children.

For more information on the Executive Speaker Series, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead, program director, at (803) 516-4864.