Hull Fellows Highlight: Cari Campbell

Throughout the 20-plus years of SECF’s Hull Fellows program, SunTrust’s Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice, along with the SunTrust Foundation, have sent numerous staff into the leadership development program.

SunTrust is now Truist, but the name change hasn’t affected the strong relationship between the bank’s philanthropic support arm and the Hull Fellows – Cari Campbell, a first vice president at Truist’s Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice, is keeping the tradition going strong.

“I had heard the Hull Fellows program was an outstanding leadership development program through several colleagues who had participated in the program,” Cari said. “I was encouraged to apply by my then-manager, [SunTrust Foundation President] Stan Little, who thought it would be an outstanding growth opportunity.”

Cari’s Hull experience has been a little different from those of her colleagues – the in-person retreat was delayed to next year due to the pandemic, for example – but she’s still gaining the insights and connections that have made the program a success for so long.

“We have heard from great philanthropic leaders via our monthly webinars which has provided me great additional knowledge and insight,” she said. “I’m so happy to make new friends in the Hull Fellows program and look forward to deepening these relationships at our newly added May 2021 retreat and throughout the coming years.”

Being based in Atlanta, Cari is already part of a rich network of philanthropic professionals. One of them, NCR Foundation Administrator Yvonne Whitaker, is Cari’s Hull mentor.

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about her,” Cari said. “Yvonne is very kind to share her professional expertise and knowledge and has become a great friend. I look forward to our monthly conversations and I have learned so much from her both personally and professionally.”

Cari’s work at Truist puts her in contact with multiple foundations – the Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice provides support to family foundations and public charities, ranging from consulting services to serving as a trustee. Cari said that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for racial justice have already shaped the guidance she provides.

“We share what the state of the current environment is and encourage our clients to consider making grants to help those affected by the pandemic and social justice issues,” Cari said. “I anticipate several organizations will make changes to their strategic priorities as a result of this year’s challenges.”

Even during a difficult year, however, Cari said she has tried to carve out time for enjoying life. She does this by challenging herself – to the Bubbles Challenge.

“I love bubbles and encourage everyone to join my ‘Bubbles Challenge,’ which is enjoying a glass each week to celebrate life!” she said. “It can be champagne, cava, prosecco, or sparkling wine – just share the beauty of this life with friends and family.”


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