Erna Womble, a classically trained pianist, is a lawyer/Strategic Advisor. She is co-president of Clearly Bespoke Strategies, Inc., founded on a niche she developed as a full-time litigating partner in Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP [Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP]. Her depth of experience, nationally and statewide, working with leaders in the private & public sectors includes confidential, bespoke leadership training, honing of skills that positively affect human behavior, helping leaders build resilience in a world of constant change, and meeting growing needs for innovative problem solving, strategic decision-making, and effective communication.
Erna earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master’s in Education at the College of Charleston where she also taught Music Appreciation and Music Theory Lab (ear training). She earned a J.D. degree at the University of South Carolina and served a federal judicial clerkship to the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr. She chairs the North Carolina Bar Association’s Professional Vitality Committee and is a Permanent Member of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Erna was a recipient of the 2018 N.C. Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award. She served as a Vice President of the N.C. Bar Association, and on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the national Product Liability Advisory Council, which honored her with its Distinguished Service Award.
Her community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Winston-Salem Symphony (Human Resources & Governance, Executive, and Nominating Committees; co-chairing the Philanthropy Committee). Having served on the Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County’s Board she is a recent member of its Endowment Fund Board. A Rotarian, she is a former board member of the Rotary Club of Winston-Salem, Work Family Resource Center, Trustee on the Western N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, and a prior chair of the Board of YMCA Camp Hanes.
Serving on the UNCSA Board of Trustees since 2013, Erna is on the Advancement, Governance, and Personnel Committees, and is liaison to the UNCSA Foundation Board. Prior to election as vice chair she held the office of secretary. She served on the Chancellor’s Search Committee (2019-20).
Erna Womble has an abiding interest in the arts and the humanities. She and her husband, Bill Womble, Jr., are longtime members of the Giannini Society of UNCSA, and are active participants and supporters of several arts, community, and professional organizations. They delight in receiving continuing education from their children, Sara and David, an opera singer and university professor, respectively.