The students and young professionals who attend the annual Black Women on Wall Street summit are grateful every year for Westina Matthews Shatteen, who started the event eight years ago as an extension of the Executive Leadership Council, a group for African-American corporate leaders.But she won special appreciation at this year's gathering, held Tuesday in New York, as she prepares to retire from Merrill Lynch & Co. — now part of Bank of America Corp. — after 24 years with the firm. Matthews Shatteen, managing director for community business development, was the first woman and first person of color elected as a trustee for the Merrill Lynch Foundation. Over the years she has promoted the firm's interests in philanthropy, diversity and educational programs.

A mentor to the end, Matthews Shatteen made the rounds at the Black Women on Wall Street dinner this year with her assistant in tow, providing an on-the-spot reference for the young woman and helping her to network with the other attendees.

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