Erna A. P. Womble

Erna Womble (Winston-Salem, NC), a lawyer and strategic advisor, is an officer on the UNCSA Board of Trustees. She is president of Clearly Bespoke Strategies, Inc., a niche strategic advising practice developed as partner in Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, based on more than 26 years of experience in national litigation, practical research and confidential work with key leaders in the private and public sectors on problem solving, decision-making, communication and strategic messaging including leadership presence training. 

She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master’s in elementary education at the College of Charleston, SC where she also taught music appreciation and music theory lab (ear training) part-time at the college level to help finance her undergraduate and graduate education. Womble earned a J.D. degree at the University of South Carolina, and served a federal judicial clerkship to the Hon. U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr.

The national Product Liability Advisory Council honored her with its Distinguished Service award in 2007, she is a permanent member of the U. S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, and serves as Vice President of the NC Bar Association, for which she is past chair of the Professionalism Committee. She was a member of the Board of Work Family Resource Center, chaired the YMCA Camp Hanes Board, and is trustee of the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church.  

Serving on the Board of Trustees for the School of the Arts since 2013, she was elected Secretary in 2014, and re-elected in 2015 and 2016. She serves on the Advancement, Governance, and Personnel Committees of the Board, and as liaison to the UNCSA Foundation Board

Womble has an abiding interest in the arts and the humanities. She and her husband, Bill Womble Jr., are active participants and supporters of several arts, community and professional organizations. They delight in receiving continuing education from their children, Sara and David, who are currently pursuing professional careers in opera performance and English literary criticism, respectively.