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In celebration of International Women’s Day, Dr. Maryam Alavi, dean of Scheller College of Business, is hosting Teresa White, CEO of Aflac U.S., for a Q&A session.

Teresa White is a veteran in the financial services industry who currently serves as President Emeritus of Aflac U.S. She is a visionary leader with a proven track record of optimizing operations, driving revenues, decreasing expenses, and building high-performing, diverse teams. She has driven business growth and leadership strategies that have improved Aflac’s customer experience, operational efficiency, and operational risk management, ultimately resulting in improved shareholder value. 

Teresa is recognized as the expert in her field. Her current responsibilities include oversight of the company’s extensive distribution network of individual agents and brokers across the country. She is responsible for creating the vision for Aflac U.S. and driving execution of the long-term strategy while strengthening the low-cost model. 

Teresa is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2022 Influential Leader Award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), Forbes’ 50 Over 50: Investment for 2021, Savoy’s 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America and New York Moves’ 2019 Power Women. She was named on Black Enterprise’s lists of the Most Powerful Women in Corporate America for the third consecutive year and the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America for 2019. She also received the 2019 Courier Eco Latino Magazine’s Who’s Who in the African American and Hispanic Community of Columbus, Fort Benning and Phenix City. In 2018, she was included on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Financial Technology Game Changers list for the third consecutive year. 

Teresa holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master's degree in management from Troy University. She is a fellow of the Life Management Institute and an alumna of Leadership Columbus. She serves on the board of directors of Synovus Financial Corp and Landstar System, Inc. Additionally, Teresa is the immediate Past Chair and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.


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