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Brenda Gaines

One of the History Makers; Referred to by Fortune as the "Most Powerful Black Executive in America"

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 Brenda Gaines Biography

After 16 years of service, Brenda Gaines recently retired as President and CEO of Diners Club North America, a member of Citigroup. During the last five years of her tenure, Gaines was responsible for leading this key franchise in the global 29 billion-dollar Citigroup Diners Club International Payment Systems Brand. She served on the Diners Club International Global Board and formerly, the Citibank Canada Board of Directors. Gaines has held a number of positions with Diners Club and Citigroup, including Executive Vice President of Corporate Card Sales, Senior Vice President, Government Business for Diners Club and Senior Vice President, Residential Lending for Citibank, FSB.

Prior to joining Citibank, Gaines served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Chicago's Mayor Harold Washington. She was responsible for the implementation of mayoral initiatives, development of policies and goals and co-management of the daily operations of the City's 42 operating departments. She also served as commissioner of the Department of Housing for the City of Chicago, and held a series of increasingly responsible positions at the regional level for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Gaines received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.P.A. from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Gaines serves on the Board of Directors for Office Depot, Inc. and CNA Financial Corporation. She also serves on the Board of the March of Dimes, the Committee of 200 Foundation, Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Gaines is a member of The Committee of 200, The Chicago Network and the Executive Leadership Council. She serves as a mentor for MENTTIUM 100SM and until her retirement, served on the Board of Trustees for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, World Business Chicago and the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement.

Gaines has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Citicorp Service Excellence Award, the 1995 Black Achievers in Industry Award, the 1996 Urban Bankers Forum Pioneer Award, and was recognized by Travel Agent magazine as one of the "Most Powerful Women In the Travel Industry." She received the "1999 Volunteer of Year" Award from the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and the Anti-Defamation League honored her with the "Woman of Achievement" Award. In 2002, Fortune magazine recognized Gaines as one of "The Most Powerful Black Executives in America" and Black Enterprise magazine included her as one of the "Top Fifty Blacks in Corporate America" article. In 2003, the New York Times featured Gaines in "The Boss" column. In 2004, Ebony magazine named Gaines in "15 at the Top In Corporate America" and Crain's Chicago Business recognized her as "100 Most Influential Women". Gaines was also honored by her alma mater, Roosevelt University with the "Otto Wirth Award" for Lifetime Achievement and most recently was honored with the Women's Foodservice Forum's 2004 Trailblazer Award.

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Brenda Gaines

One of the History Makers; Referred to by Fortune as the "Most Powerful Black Executive in America"

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Brenda Gaines Biography

After 16 years of service, Brenda Gaines recently retired as President and CEO of Diners Club North America, a member of Citigroup. During the last five years of her tenure, Gaines was responsible for leading this key franchise in the global 29 billion-dollar Citigroup Diners Club International Payment Systems Brand. She served on the Diners Club International Global Board and formerly, the Citibank Canada Board of Directors. Gaines has held a number of positions with Diners Club and Citigroup, including Executive Vice President of Corporate Card Sales, Senior Vice President, Government Business for Diners Club and Senior Vice President, Residential Lending for Citibank, FSB.

Prior to joining Citibank, Gaines served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Chicago's Mayor Harold Washington. She was responsible for the implementation of mayoral initiatives, development of policies and goals and co-management of the daily operations of the City's 42 operating departments. She also served as commissioner of the Department of Housing for the City of Chicago, and held a series of increasingly responsible positions at the regional level for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Gaines received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.P.A. from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Gaines serves on the Board of Directors for Office Depot, Inc. and CNA Financial Corporation. She also serves on the Board of the March of Dimes, the Committee of 200 Foundation, Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Gaines is a member of The Committee of 200, The Chicago Network and the Executive Leadership Council. She serves as a mentor for MENTTIUM 100SM and until her retirement, served on the Board of Trustees for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, World Business Chicago and the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement.

Gaines has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Citicorp Service Excellence Award, the 1995 Black Achievers in Industry Award, the 1996 Urban Bankers Forum Pioneer Award, and was recognized by Travel Agent magazine as one of the "Most Powerful Women In the Travel Industry." She received the "1999 Volunteer of Year" Award from the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and the Anti-Defamation League honored her with the "Woman of Achievement" Award. In 2002, Fortune magazine recognized Gaines as one of "The Most Powerful Black Executives in America" and Black Enterprise magazine included her as one of the "Top Fifty Blacks in Corporate America" article. In 2003, the New York Times featured Gaines in "The Boss" column. In 2004, Ebony magazine named Gaines in "15 at the Top In Corporate America" and Crain's Chicago Business recognized her as "100 Most Influential Women". Gaines was also honored by her alma mater, Roosevelt University with the "Otto Wirth Award" for Lifetime Achievement and most recently was honored with the Women's Foodservice Forum's 2004 Trailblazer Award.

FAQs on booking Brenda Gaines

  • How to book Brenda Gaines?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Brenda Gaines for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Brenda Gaines, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Brenda Gaines or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Brenda Gaines?

    Booking fees for Brenda Gaines, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Brenda Gaines, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Brenda Gaines?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Brenda Gaines for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Brenda Gaines for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Brenda Gaines or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Brenda Gaines or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Brenda Gaines is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Brenda Gaines for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Brenda Gaines generally travels from IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Val McLeod, Mike Abrashoff, Sheldon Yellen, Cory Booker and Olivia Fox Cabane. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Brenda Gaines for an upcoming event.

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