Donor Spotlight: Denise Sumner (89C)


Denise Sumner

Who she is: 

  • Financial controller overseeing global accounting and financial reporting activities at VF Corp., the world’s largest apparel company with more than 35 brands, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee, Nautica, JanSport and Eastpak
  • World traveler who has visited 49 of the 50 states and 50 countries, meeting new people, tasting local cuisine and learning the ways of other cultures; favors Italy as a destination and experiencing “la dolce vita”
  • A serious beach aficionado (any beach will do) who also enjoys cooking and photography
  • Member of the Board of Directors for ArtsGreensboro
  • Daughter of Berry alumni Robert “Lem” Sumner (63C) and Gayle Miller Sumner (64C)

What she supports:

  • Endowed the LifeReady Campaign’s first Entrepreneurial Scholars Fund to help inspired students experience entrepreneurship firsthand
  • Created an endowed scholarship for a student majoring in accounting or finance
  • Member of the Berry Heritage Society
  • New member of the Berry College Board of Visitors

Why she gives:

“I like the idea of fostering an entrepreneurial environment, which Berry has embraced with new vigor in recent years. The Entrepreneurial Scholars program is an innovative approach to supporting students, and I am intrigued by trying something new. Also, when I was a student, I received a scholarship designated for a student in accounting. It was an unexpected gift, and I have often thought about the generosity of those who funded it. Now that I’m established in my accounting career, I thought it was the right time to pay it forward to another generation of students.”

On Berry:

“I like the fact that Berry doesn’t teach you limits, but encourages you instead to pursue your passion. I always look forward to Berry magazine so I can see what the alumni are accomplishing. I am impressed by the diversity in careers and interests and, in particular, the number of entrepreneurs who build their own successful businesses.”