Fran Engoron leads by example, bringing her thoughtful and deep commitment to all she has accomplished — breaking down barriers in her career, designing and leading major initiatives at William & Mary, serving her community and preparing the next generation for leadership.
“Fran Engoron has been a leader throughout her life and has also applied these leadership skills, as well as her talents and generosity, to William & Mary and the Raymond A. Mason School of Business,” says Barbara Pate Glacel ’70, P ’98, P ’02, who received the Alumni Medallion in 2001. “She has a strong and enduring commitment to giving back and sharing her experience, her wisdom, her skills and the rewards of her success with the university and with other worthy causes.”
Engoron’s career at Price Waterhouse, now PwC, spanned 27 years, during which she led consulting projects for Fortune 500 companies, large government entities, universities and medical centers. She rose quickly through the ranks for her ability to assemble and facilitate talented, diverse, high-performing teams. She became the first female member of PwC’s global and U.S. leadership teams, and since retiring in 2004 serves on their Retired Partners Committee.
Now, she continues to empower women through her work on the board of Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm focused on women’s leadership and entrepreneurship. She has served on the boards of American Red Cross Greater New York, Plays for Living and the Bronx Charter School for the Arts. She has also been a board advisor for the Commission on Catholic Health Care Ministry and a mentor with Mentors Inc. in Washington, D.C., schools.
“She’s generous with her time,” says Janet Brown Johnson ’70. “She teaches, mentors and coaches, so that she leaves organizations in good hands. And she brings women along with her. When we first got out of school in 1970, all the doors weren’t open to us — and they still aren’t — but Fran has been a real mover and shaker to make a difference for women.”
Engoron was instrumental in the creation of the Society of 1918, William & Mary’s giving society by and for women, becoming a charter member and serving as its first chair. Under her leadership, William & Mary Women’s Weekend in September 2018 was a resounding success, with almost 500 women members of the W&M community gathering on campus to make new connections, learn from each other and commemorate 100 years of coeducation at the university.
Never one to shy away from an ambitious goal, Engoron led the way for the society to raise more than $4 million for the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment, which enriches programming and enhances opportunities for women across the W&M community.
Engoron also served on the Raymond A. Mason School of Business Foundation Board for more than 20 years. She and fellow board member Joyce House Shields ’64, who received the Alumni Medallion in 2014, created the Leadership Development and Ethics course, designed around six crucial tenets of leadership. Each student in the program has their own executive coach from the Executive Partners program, providing opportunities for mentorship from professionals in the field. She has also supported the leadership program and scholarships for minority applicants with direct and planned giving.
“Our role as a business school is to prepare our students for lives of principled achievement,” says Larry Pulley ’74, P ’13, P ’15, dean of the business school. “To my mind, few better exemplify living a life of principled achievement than Fran Engoron, a close mentor, advisor and friend.”
WILLIAM C. “BILL” MIMS ’79, P ’16