MC Belk Pilon is President and Board Chair of the John M. Belk Endowment, where she and her team are committed to increasing education in order to give all North Carolinians the chance at long-term, family-sustaining careers. Prior to this, she spent twelve years in retail management for Belk and five years with The Belk Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on improving early childhood education, teaching, and leadership in public schools. She has participated on several boards that champion education access and success for all children, including Good Friends, Greater Enrichment, and the Fletcher School. MC earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and communications from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where she also worked as assistant alumni director after graduation. She was awarded the 2016 Roanoke College Medal, the highest honor for an alumnus to receive, and the 2015 Central Piedmont Community College Distinguished Service Award. She is currently Chair of The John M. Belk Scholarship Advisory Board at Davidson College and active on the boards of The Belk Foundation, College Advising Corps, Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation and Charlotte Country Day School.