Leah Wallace is Vice President of Workforce Development and Diversity and Inclusion with Citi. She has responsibility for development, implementation and assessment of strategic initiatives that drive a diverse and inclusive workforce. Her duties also include driving employee engagement, oversight of employee diversity networks, and utilization of best practices for talent development and mobility. Prior to this position, Ms. Wallace served as Vice President of Client Development and Field Sales for several Oil Credit Card Portfolios including ExxonMobil and BP Oil. Ms. Wallace joined Citi in February of 2004. She has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry in relationship and field sales management, business development, training, event management, and marketing, as well as extensive involvement working with youth-based charitable organizations.
Prior to working for Citi, Ms. Wallace served as President of LDW Management Consultants, a Los Angeles-based firm that provided contract-consulting services focused on event management, training, business operations management, fundraising and marketing. Ms. Wallace has also held National Sales and Marketing positions with Experian, British Telecom and iNet Company of America.
Awarded the “Honored Citizen” award by Arlington Public Schools in 2016, a strong advocate for community involvement, Ms. Wallace is very active in providing mentoring and financial literacy education to youth and young adults. She has been awarded The President’s Volunteer Service Award, in 2006, and each year 2009 thru 2013. She served as Chair and Vice-Chair on the YMCA Arlington Board of Directors for eight years and as the Chair of the United Way – Arlington Regional Council. She is a member of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2012. She co-founded the Citi Black Heritage Network-Chicago in 2017 where she has served as Co-Chair, Membership Chair and Recruitment Chair. She is a volunteer Citi financial literacy instructor for organizations including Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Junior Achievement, and Urban Debate League.
Ms. Wallace is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor Degree in Business-Economics, and also earned a Masters of Business and Public Administration in Information Management from John F. Kennedy University. She recently received her Diversity and Inclusion Professional Certificate from Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations. Ms. Wallace also served as an adjunct instructor at Westwood College for seven years. She instructed courses in Business, Management and Marketing and was awarded the Excellence in Education Award – “Faculty of the Year”.