Trinity graduate Pinkie Dent Mayfield ’96, vice president of corporate affairs and special assistant to the chairman at Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Company) will be the keynote speaker and honoree at Trinity Washington University’s Winter Graduation on Friday, January 8, 2016. Mayfield, who served as a member of the Trinity Board of Trustees, will receive an honorary doctor of laws for her achievements in corporate life and philanthropy in Washington and for her devotion to her alma mater. “Pinkie Mayfield stands out as one of the pre-eminent women leaders in corporate life in Washington,” said President Patricia McGuire. “Blazing trails for women eager to advance in executive leadership is a talent Ms. Mayfield demonstrated from her earliest days at Trinity when she enrolled in the 1990s as a student in the Weekend College. She joined hundreds of other Trinity women balancing full-time jobs and family life as they pursued their Trinity degrees; her generation in the Weekend College was the forerunner of today’s School of Professional Studies. For Ms. Mayfield, completing her college degree was essential to fulfilling her dreams. As she told a Washington Post reporter in 1996, the year she graduated, ‘I feel like in corporate America, I’d always be held back without that piece of paper.’
At Graham Holdings Company, Mayfield is a key member of the executive team responsible for public relations, communications, community affairs and advising the chairman, Donald Graham, on matters of special interest. A seasoned finance executive, Mayfield previously served as the vice president of corporate solutions and assistant treasurer, responsible for leadership and management of the company’s largest procurement contracts. She joined the company in 1998 as the corporate cash manager, and became the assistant treasurer in 1999.
Prior to joining Graham Holdings, Mayfield was a vice president and trust officer at NationsBank (now Bank of America) in the Investment Services Division as part of the Foundations and Endowments Group. She began her career with Prudential-Bache Securities.
With a strong commitment to community service focused on children and education, Mayfield currently serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), a trustee of the Philip L. Graham Fund, a member of the board of directors of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as a trustee of Trinity Washington University, and on the board of directors of Leadership Greater Washington (Class of 2001), Metropolitan Community Development Corporation, and CASA of D.C. She was honored with the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award in 2013. Watch her WBJ video interview.
Mayfield graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in business administration from Trinity in 1996, and received an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. She and her husband, Carl A. Mayfield, live in Washington, D.C., with their two young children.
More than 180 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred at the ceremony, which begins at 5:00 pm in the Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports.
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