Opening Doors

Barbara Duck, senior executive vice president and chief information officer of BB&T Corporation, believes leadership starts with open doors. “My parents always encouraged me to pursue what I enjoyed and had passion about, from playing softball to what I wanted to study,” Duck said. “In the environment in which I grew up, we always took the view that all doors were open. I’ve been fortunate to have that same type of environment where I’ve worked my whole career. That’s part of the reason I’m still here.”

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Duck isn’t sure exactly when she began to see herself as a leader, but she knows the process took place over time. “Those open doors allowed me to explore and understand my strengths and weaknesses, get a sense of what management style worked best for me, and gain experience managing different projects and people,” Duck explained.

Commitment to Opportunity

Duck believes that keeping those doors open within an organization requires the commitment of senior leaders. “Our senior leadership team at BB&T believes exposing associates to new areas, co-workers and business challenges enhances their ability to help clients and improves their satisfaction – it is part of being a values-based company,” she said. “Working for an organization with values that align with mine inspires me.”

Sharing Experiences

Duck uses her skills and experience within BB&T and in the community to encourage women to look for open doors. “A couple of organizations I feel are important share a focus on helping women become better leaders,” she said. “I’m a sponsor of WIN, the Women’s Information Network, a business resource group within BB&T, and support the United Way of Forsyth County Women’s Leadership Council.”

PROFILES-IN-LEADERSHIP-Barbara-Duck-inset-bbt-perspectives-2“In both cases, I get to share my experience and knowledge to help women figure out what they want to achieve and how and when to accomplish it. I’ve been fortunate both with my family environment and my company’s culture. Doors were wide open to experiences and opportunities in both settings. I want to help other women see the possibilities are endless. If they have experienced environments that aren’t as open and where options are more limited they may not realize their potential.”

Leveraging Technology

Duck has tremendous passion about opening doors for clients as well as associates and community members. “I’m excited I get to introduce technology to our clients that facilitates daily activities and life experiences for them,” she said. “Technology and our ability to adapt that technology to give individuals greater control in their lives is very fulfilling. I’m glad to be part of an organization that is striving to offer those opportunities to our clients. We’re just beginning to see what technology can do. I can’t wait!”

Barbara Duck has spent her career opening doors for clients, associates and her community at BB&T as they were opened for her. She is committed to continuing to push doors open, for BB&T associates and especially for BB&T clients.

Opening Doors

Barbara Duck, senior executive vice president and chief information officer of BB&T Corporation, believes leadership starts with open doors. “My parents always encouraged me to pursue what I enjoyed and had passion about, from playing softball to what I wanted to study,” Duck said. “In the environment in which I grew up, we always took the view that all doors were open. I’ve been fortunate to have that same type of environment where I’ve worked my whole career. That’s part of the reason I’m still here.”

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Duck isn’t sure exactly when she began to see herself as a leader, but she knows the process took place over time. “Those open doors allowed me to explore and understand my strengths and weaknesses, get a sense of what management style worked best for me, and gain experience managing different projects and people,” Duck explained.

Commitment to Opportunity

Duck believes that keeping those doors open within an organization requires the commitment of senior leaders. “Our senior leadership team at BB&T believes exposing associates to new areas, co-workers and business challenges enhances their ability to help clients and improves their satisfaction – it is part of being a values-based company,” she said. “Working for an organization with values that align with mine inspires me.”

Sharing Experiences

Duck uses her skills and experience within BB&T and in the community to encourage women to look for open doors. “A couple of organizations I feel are important share a focus on helping women become better leaders,” she said. “I’m a sponsor of WIN, the Women’s Information Network, a business resource group within BB&T, and support the United Way of Forsyth County Women’s Leadership Council.”

“In both cases, I get to share my experience and knowledge to help women figure out what they want to achieve and how and when to accomplish it. I’ve been fortunate both with my family environment and my company’s culture. Doors were wide open to experiences and opportunities in both settings. I want to help other women see the possibilities are endless. If they have experienced environments that aren’t as open and where options are more limited they may not realize their potential.”

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Leveraging Technology

Duck has tremendous passion about opening doors for clients as well as associates and community members. “I’m excited I get to introduce technology to our clients that facilitates daily activities and life experiences for them,” she said. “Technology and our ability to adapt that technology to give individuals greater control in their lives is very fulfilling. I’m glad to be part of an organization that is striving to offer those opportunities to our clients. We’re just beginning to see what technology can do. I can’t wait!”

Barbara Duck has spent her career opening doors for clients, associates and her community at BB&T as they were opened for her. She is committed to continuing to push doors open, for BB&T associates and especially for BB&T clients.