GFOA Scholarship Spotlight: Brenda Williams

Brenda received the Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship in 2021.

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Brenda Williams has served as deputy treasurer in the Unclaimed Property Division for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 2013. Brenda holds a BA degree in Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Certificate in Public Executive Treasury Management from the National Institute of Public Finance. She is seeking an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School and plans to graduate in 2021. Upon graduation, Brenda plans to continue her service within state government. She intends to use the knowledge gained through the MBA program to have a broader impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and services provided to the public.

Q & A with Brenda

Where and what are you currently studying?

I am seeking an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Why did you choose this?

I chose the MBA program because I wanted to expand my knowledge and skills in financial accounting and operations to manage operations more effectively within a state government agency. 

What government are you working or hoping to work at in the future?

I am currently working in state government at the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer. 

What are your future career goals?

It is my goal to continue in public service. I hope to advance in executive-level positions within state government and broaden my efforts to improve financial management of programs and services to the public.

Which GFOA scholarship did you receive and how will GFOA’s scholarship help you achieve those goals?

I received the Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship. The skills and tools I am gaining through the MBA program will better prepare me to lead efforts to strengthen financial accountability and increase efficiencies within state government services.