Top 100 Women of Impact: Lenore Trammell

Lenore Trammell

Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel, Big River Steel

About me: As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, executive and friend, service is at the heart of everything I do. When I’m not working, I serve as the president for the greater Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Women and as treasurer and program chair for my beloved sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

A transplant from the Midwest to the Mid-South, I’ve been in Arkansas for eight years working to start up and expand BRS. I work on all matters legal and compliance. Beyond the gates of the steel mill, I strive to make sure the community feels BRS’ presence in a positive way as the president of BRS Cares, our nonprofit arm.

I hold a bachelor of science in economics from Howard University and a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University.

Lives/Works in: Osceola

Best Career Advice: Take risks. Be strategic, but don’t spend your whole career playing it safe. And keep going! Sometimes women and minorities don’t see themselves in certain roles because they aren’t like the people they see performing them. You can lead even if the people above you don’t look like you.

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Comparison is the enemy of contentment. Don’t spend your energy comparing yourself to others. You are unique, and no, you are not like them, but they’re not like you. Everyone has a role to play and a contribution to make. Don’t minimize yours.

Proudest Moment of Impact: I received a card from a friend of mine letting me know they noticed all the little things I did and how proud they were of me. It’s nice to be noticed, and not always for the big stuff.

Call to Action: Students are where the focus needs to be. As a community, we need to make sure students can read, that they have books and resources, that we have set them up to surpass us in terms of accomplishments and success, that we have work for them once they graduate and communities they can raise their families in without leaving the place they call home.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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