2005 – Dalls, Texas
A career in the banking industry took this Texan to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. But eventually it brought her right back to the Lone Star state. Elaine B. Agather grew up in Sherman, Texas. She got a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, and later an MBA from the University of Texas. She joined Chemical Bank of New York in 1979, and worked in London, New York and San Francisco. Elaine moved to Dallas in 1984, and was named chairman of Texas Commerce Bank-Ft. Worth in 1992. In 1997, she joined The Private Bank to manage client advisory groups. In 1999, she was elected to her current position of Chairman of Chase-Dallas. She also serves as managing director of the JPMorgan Private Bank South Region. Elaine’s resume of community involvement is impressive. She has served on boards ranging from Texas Ballet Theatre and the Bass Performance Hall to the National Cowgirl Museum and Texas Stampede Rodeo. She is a member of Young’s President Organization and Charter 100 as well as the Ethics Advisory Board of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Elaine’s awards include the 2001 Women of Excellence Award from Women’s Enterprise Magazine. She has also received the 2002 Maura Award-Women Helping Women, the Kim Dawson Attitude Award and the Family Place’s Trailblazer Award. Of all these honors, Elaine is especially proud of her work helping other women. She says, “Through both formal and informal mentoring, I’ve helped women from diverse communities to develop their individual skill sets and find new ways of doing things, just as women have guided and helped me growso that I, too, could be a part of the push and pull effort that is turning women, young and old, into responsible, caring leaders”.