Dorothy B. Brothers
Former Senior Vice President
Bank of America
Dorothy B. Brothers, a former senior vice president of Bank of America, was a pioneer in fostering and promoting higher education and diversity within communities and the corporate sector. Ms. Brothers was a 30-year employee with Bank of America and the national director for the supplier diversity and development group from 1993 until her death in 2002. The group works with minority- and women-owned businesses to ensure they are afforded maximum opportunity to participate in Bank of America’s competitive contracting and procurement processes.
Under Ms. Brothers’s leadership, spending with minority- and women-owned businesses increased from $11 million in 1990 to over $400 million in 1999. In addition, during her leadership Bank of America received 60 regional and 10 national awards for its efforts in raising the bar in minority business development. In 1994 and 2000, Bank of America received the National Minority Development Enterprise Week Distinguished Corporate Award—the first financial institution to be recognized. The National Minority Supplier Development honored the bank as the Corporation of the Year for two consecutive years (1996-1997).
Ms. Brothers was also the recipient of the coveted Chairman’s Crystal Hand Granade in 1995, the NMSDC’s 1997 MBE Coordinator of the Year Award, and the 1996 Outstanding Service in Business Award form the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. She was also the recipient of the NationsBank Lend Award, the Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, and recognized as one of the Women Who Mean Business by Minority News USA. She served on the faculty of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and was on the board of the National Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and Minority Business News USA at the time of her death.
Ms. Brothers was an inspiration to all who knew her with a fighting spirit and unwavering commitment to development and success of diverse businesses.