Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2019

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m 32 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N S u m m e r 2 0 1 9 acquisition and renovation of an area shopping center that was rebranded as Peters Plaza. Tenants of the 36,296-square-foot retail space range from an orthodontics practice to a dry clean- ers and a bakery to a cellphone store. Peters Carey strategized with her father and managed the internal team in evaluating, purchasing, and operationalizing the new properties. Peters Holdings is truly a family affair. Peters Carey's sister Nicole Peters works in Bethany Medical Center's IT opera- tions. Two other siblings—Shirin and Anthony Peters—are not involved in any of the businesses but serve on the board of directors of the Lenny Peters Foundation. Peters Carey, who is married with two young children, is also a director at the family namesake nonprofit, which sponsors three orphanages in Kerala, India, with about 240 children under care. She was a founder of the foundation's most recent orphanage, the Lenny Peters Home for Girls. Peters Carey also sits on the board of Carolina State Bank and is vice chair of the Blue Ridge Bank- shares Board. As the Peters family positions their companies for the next 30 years, Peters Carey is on track to assume the CEO role. Dr. Peters says he admires the sort of strength that his daughter has brought to the company, noting that he goes to Peters Carey for negotiations because "millennials like her don't get intimated by another CEO in the room or powerful people sit- ting across the table." Outside of using technology to apply solutions to problems, what differentiates millennials, according to Peters Carey, is how they approach their careers with a desire to find a deeper purpose in what they are doing. "ey're very willing to work hard, but they want it to mean something," she says. Being able to directly impact businesses was the reason for her return to her family's business empire. After graduating from high school, Peters Carey was interested in broadening her horizons and pushing herself out of her comfort zone. She landed at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2007 with a BS in economics. She began her career consulting for New York financial institutions on market data, treasury services, and capital management. She then moved over to the client side when she joined Capital One in the business strategy department, where she helped the bank identify ways to optimize its capital structure. Her crowning achieve- ment was creating a new valuation model for joint ventures that improved financial forecasting. BO RN to LEAD Elise Peters Carey and her father, Dr. Lenny Peters, in their office.

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