Meet Donna Sylver, SVP and CFO RDU International Airport

Donna Sylver is a is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with years of diverse financial experience. She’s held five CFO roles in addition to leadership responsibilities in manufacturing, banking, aviation and other services. Sylver has received multiple awards including the North Carolina’s Career Mastered Leadership Award and the Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. Sylver will also be a speaker at our 2019 WINnovation event, featuring women in business. We asked her a few quick questions in advance of her talk. 


What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? 

The first thing I do when I wake up is thank God for another day, and offer gratitude for the goodness of my life.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

My mother’s advice was “treat others like you want to be treated.” My sponsor’s advice was “surround yourself with people smarter than you”.

What do you listen to on the way to work?

My listening style varies; a mix between news, comedy or jazz.

What are you reading these days?

I’m currently reading Thrive by Design by Don Rheem

What’s your go-to spot for a business lunch? 

I typically meet business partners in one of the restaurants in our airport terminal, or meet them at Capital City Chop House in Morrisville, whichever is more convenient. 


You can hear more from Sylver at our annual WINnovation summit September 20. Buy tickets here