Janet Stovall ’85 (Janet)

Atlanta, GA


Manager, Executive Communications and CEO’s speechwriter, UPS


  • B.A. (English) Davidson, 1985
  • Masters, Integrated Marketing Communications, 2019 Georgetown University
  • Post Grad Certificates: 
    • 2020: Cornell University, Diversity & Inclusion
    • 2019: Yale School of Management, Fostering Diversity & Inclusion

At Davidson

NCNB Scholar, Samuel Henry Bell Honor, Black Student Coalition President

Alumni Activities

Commission on Race and Slavery; Black Alumni Reunion Chair:  DBAN Co-Founder, President and Leadership Committee (1988 - 2018); Board of Visitors – 2008, 2011, 2014 Class; Davidson Alumni Program, 30th Reunion Chair, 25th Reunion Committee Member, 20th Reunion Committee Member, 15th Reunion Committee Member; Summer Send-off host for incoming students in Atlanta; Workshop Presenter, Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference (2013); Alumni Service Award (2020)

Other Activities

TED Speaker; member and faculty, Professional Speechwriters Association; Member, The Hoya Professional 30 Class of 2018

Personal Statement

My TED talk about the power of single-mindedness started with Davidson, the most transformative four years of my life. Most of those I love and lean on are connected to Davidson. My most passionate beliefs were born and shaped at Davidson.

I believe trustees should care deeply about the future of Davidson, and possess the broad, deep and varied perspective necessary for engaging in forthright dialogue and making inclusive decisions.

I helped chart Davidson’s diversity journey--authoring Project ’87, chairing the largest Black Alumni reunion, conducting campus workshops on sexism and racism and serving on the Commission on Race and Slavery. In the alumni realm, I’m a DBAN founding member and past president, chaired my 30th Reunion and served on three reunion committees. I’ve connected with students, hosting summer sendoffs, mentoring, guest lecturing and—most importantly—being a Davidson parent (Maia, ’20).

Professionally, my entire career has been devoted to helping people and groups conceive, clarify and communicate important ideas, a core capability for this role.

I graduated from Davidson 35 years ago, but I never really left. I would be honored to put my perspective to work for the Davidson College Board of Trustees.