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Trustee: Claire 'Yum' Arnold

Spelman Trustee Claire ArnoldCo-Founder & CEO, Leapfrog Services
B.A., Mary Baldwin College
Honorary Doctorate, Mary Baldwin College
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2008
Vice Chair, Alternative Revenue Sources
City of Residence: Atlanta, GA

As CEO, Claire Arnold brings a wealth of experience in high growth business development and long range strategic planning to the Leapfrog team. Prior to starting Leapfrog, which provides remote IT infrastructure management, Arnold acquired NCC LP, a local distributor of consumer goods to convenience stores and mass merchandisers. After acquiring the company through a leveraged buyout, Arnold spent the next 15 years building NCC into one of Georgia's five largest privately held companies.

Before acquiring NCC, Arnold spent nearly 10 years with Coca-Cola USA, where she was the Marketing Manager for Coke's first plastic beverage containers. She was named the 2002 Small Business Person of the Year by the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Business Chronicle and received the 2004 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award for outstanding performance as a corporate director. In 2006, Arnold was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She serves on the Board of Trustees of EARTH University Foundation and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She is also on the Board of Visitors of The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as well as its Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, The Board of Councilors of The Carter Center, the Board of Directors of two NYSE firms and the Technology Association of Georgia.

Thoughts on why she chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees: Having attended an all women's college [Mary Baldwin College], served on its Board of Trustees for 19 years and chaired it for five, women's education has long been one of my priorities. I felt that serving a woman's college in my home city was a natural and it was an honor for Spelman to ask me.

NEWS: Arnold Named To ‘Women Who Mean Business’ List

Spelman College Trustee Claire “Yum” Arnold was one of 21 women honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle at its annual Women Who Mean Business Awards on Oct. 19, 2017. The award recognizes women who are leaders in their industry with outstanding professional accomplishments. Honorees are also selected for community involvement and civic engagement. Arnold, who co-founded Leapfrog in 1998 and serves as CEO of the Atlanta-based company, also serves on numerous boards, including The Carter Center, Achieve Atlanta and the Tull Foundation.

“I awake each morning marveling that I’m so fortunate to have been born in this place and at this time,” said Arnold in a Chronicle interview. “I believe that it’s my responsibility to do something meaningful with those gifts of time and place … and if I’m successful at whatever I do, I can make the other lives of others better.” Prior to Leapfrog, Arnold acquired consumer goods distributor NCC LP and also worked with Coca-Cola USA for 10 years. She became a Spelman trustee in 2008.

Read the Q&A with Arnold