Philanthropists, businesswomen and those in the nonprofit arena are among the 20 chosen as the inaugural Women Who Make a Difference, a joint venture between AL.com/The Birmingham News and Red Mountain Theatre Company.
Lajuana Bradford serves on Alabama Humanities Foundation Board’s of Directors.
Bradford is senior vice president for corporate social responsibility for Regions Bank. She directs programs in diversity and inclusion, sustainability, economic development, volunteer programs and charitable response to disasters that together promote a broader definition of social responsibility.
Her career in the financial services industry spans more than 24 years and has included positions in community affairs, community development, retail banking, regulatory compliance and project management.
Bradford holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College and is a graduate of the Wachovia Executive Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She also completed Boston College’s Management Development Program in Corporate Community Involvement.
Her civic involvement includes being a board member of YWCA of Central Alabama, Alabama Region of the American Red Cross and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. She is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and a member of the Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future.
From a nominator: “Ms. Bradford is the perfect example of someone who can juggle a demanding job with giving herself back to the community. Serve on a board with her, and you’ll wonder how board get things done without her.”
Q&A: AL.com: Do you think large corporations like Regions have a responsibility to making Birmingham a better place? Bradford: “At Regions, we know our success is tied directly to the success of our customers, communities and associates. This means we’re committed to growing our communities and helping our customers reach their financial goals. As the only Fortune 500 Company headquartered in Alabama, we are committed to being an active participant in the communities where we live and work.”
Click here to read more about Women Who Make a Difference. The women will be honored at a luncheon in Birmingham on July 9 as well as at performances of Red Mountain Theatre Company’s “42nd Street.”