2014 Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange

Multi-Cultural Conference & Luncheon

Making Our Mark: Women Leading Change Around the Globe
... in conjunction with Vision 2020 and The Southern Women's Show

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Thursday, September 11, 2014
CHARLOTTE CONVENTION CENTER
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Influential Leaders and Speakers

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Connie Lindsey

CONFERENCE MODERATOR
Connie Lindsey

EVP & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility / Global Diversity & Inclusion, Northern Trust, Chicago

 

Debra Plousha Moore

OPENING REMARKS
Debr
a Plousha 
Moore

Chief Human Resources Officer & EVP, Carolinas HealthCare System

Joan Bradley Wages

 LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Joan Bradley Wages

 President & CEO, National Women's History Museum


Dialogue on "Men Who Get It When Women Lead"
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Vanessa Harrison

Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T North Carolina

Charles Bowman

Charles Bowman, NC and Charlotte President, Bank of America

Manuel Rey

Manuel Rey, SVP & Multicultural Banking Executive, 5/3 Bank

Dr. James Taylor

Dr. James Taylor, VP and Chief Diversity Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System

Nicholas Wharton

Nicholas Wharton, COO, Urban League of the Carolinas and Chair WIE Champions

Making A Difference Globally
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Leading Nationally
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Mollie Faison

Molly Faison, Founder & Board President, Joseph's Exchange

Sandra James Gordon

Sandra James Gordon, Joseph's Exchange

Luiguy Massanga

Luiguy Massanga, Joseph's Exchange

Terry Shook

Terry Shook, FAIA, Shook Kelly

Beth Olanoff

Beth Olanoff, Director, Education Initiative, Vision 2020

Jackie VanderBrug

Jackie VanderBrug, SVP / Investment Strategist, US Trust 

CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

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Thanks To Our Sponsors

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Media Sponsors Pride Magazine Charlotte Observer Today's Charlotte Woman
 
 

On April 7th, WIE Mentees, Mentors and friends of WIE celebrated the success of the 2013-2014 Mentoring Across Difference Program at Johnson C Smith University.  This year's program contained the largest group of mentees since the program's inception in 2010 and contained mentees from JCSU, CPCC and UNCC. The list of mentee-Mentor pairings can be seen by CLICKING HEREWIE wishes to thank Paige Chesser, Gwen Thoma and their team of mentors for a successful program.

Photos by Kathy Lazo Iraheta (JCSU Student '14)

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Nicole JenkinsThe highlight of the luncheon was the Keynote by former JCSU mentee Nicole Jenkins from our 2010-2011 Class and now Casualty Claims Special with Nationwide Insurance.  Her address was so capivating thaat we have included the full text here.

Planning for Success, Preparing for the Future

Good afternoon everyone. It is an honor and a privilege to be your keynote speaker at the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange celebration luncheon. Whenever I get a chance to stand before my mentors, the community and my peers, it is an invitation that I truly appreciate and do not take for granted. First giving honor to God, my source, my teacher, who travels and directs me throughout the twists and turns of this journey called life. To the leaders, the decision makers, the movers and shakers of the Women Inter-Cultural Exchange Program, thank you for your continuous leadership and your commitment to creating better lives and opportunities for women all over this country. To our sponsors, we welcome you, we thank you and we appreciate your support and contributions to this program. To the students, staff and educators of the GREAT Johnson C. Smith University, and to our beloved president Dr. Ronald Carter, your vision for the institution continues to manifest into extraordinary excellence.

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Written by Jada Grandy   

Jada Grandy

Thank you to those of you who joined us last week at the annual WIE Mentoring Across Difference Celebration Luncheon at Johnson C. Smith University. We had a magnificent turn out and I know that all of the participants enjoyed the delicious lunch and the day's events - it was stirring to hear from the Mentees who are participating in the program and learn about the profound impact this program has on their lives.

 

As you may know, I am an enormous supporter of the Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange and this mentoring program, and am proud of the fact that Fifth Third Bank is a financial sponsor. I know that this is the beginning of an extended relationship between me and WIE's mentoring program.

 

I am asking each of you today to consider mentoring a young woman through this program next year.

The Mentoring Across Difference Program not only helps shape the lives of young women, but adds enrichment to the lives of the mentors! As a mentor, you will provide these exceptional young women access to your wealth of experience in the workforce and wisdom gathered throughout your life around a wide variety of topics-from the importance of education to how to navigate the working environment-all while perpetuating the mission of WIE, building trust across race and culture.

 

If you cannot participate as a mentor, I ask you to support the program financially, either as an individual member or as a corporate sponsor. This program makes a difference-the more young ladies' lives we can touch-the greater the impact.

 

For more information on becoming a mentor (click here for Mentor Application) or becoming a Corporate Sponsor please contact Laura Everett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit WIE's website at www.wi-ce.org. You can also join or renew your WIE Individual Membership online.

 

I thank you once again for your belief in this program that builds trust across race and culture in Charlotte and North Carolina!


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Sincerely,

Jada Grandy Signature  

Jada Grandy

Senior Vice President, CRA Officer &

Manager of Community Development

Fifth Third Bank

 
 

Vision 2020Last month, the Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange officially became one of the newest Regional Allies to Vision 2020. Regional Allies are associations and professional organizations that endorse Vision 2020's mission and agree to participate in the Campaign for Equality.

 

As a Regional Ally, WIE will receive invitations to Vision 2020 National Congresses and meetings; will be recognized in Vision 2020 promotional materials, including annual feature in Vision 2020's social media and a permanent link on the Vision2020 website to our website; the opportunity to participate in the Vision 2020 Blog, "Equality in Sight," and have our work featured on the Vision 2020 website and social media pages; and the opportunity to connect with the National Delegates and collaborate with other Vision 2020 National Allies.

 

What a great way to showcase the wonderful work of WIE! For more information and to see all National and Regional Allies visit www.drexel.edu/vision2020/who/partners/.

 
 

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Stephanie Counts, Co-Founder & Vision Keeper
Dee Dixon, Co-Founder
Roberta "Bert" Harper, CEO

Board of Directors

Joy Paige, Board Chair
Sheila Bacon
Natalie Brown

Paige Chesser
Monifa Drayton
Barbara Ellis
Dr. Maha Gingrich
Liz Irwin
Dr. Sam Lopez

Pat Martinez
Gwen Thomas
Nick Wharton

Community Advisors

Dianne Chipps Bailey
Dr. Ella L.J. Edmondson Bell
Alfreda Belton
Jennifer Bishop
Dr. Deborah Bosley
Yvonne Brown
Wanda Carter
Rhonda Caldwell
Ann Caulkins
Maura Cheeks
Chia-Li Chien
Astrid Chirinos
Dorothy Counts-Scoggins
Rose Cummings
Meghan Danahey
Crystal Dempsey
Lisa Dubois
Lisa Emory
Carolyn Flowers
Selma Fox
Samara Foxx
Dr. Katherine Giscombe
Sue Gorman
Jada Grandy
Paula Guilfoyle
Hilda Gurdian
Bridget-Anne Hampden
Marilyn Johnson
Linda Ketner
Beverly Lavergneau
Nichelle Levy
Georgia Lewis
Dr. Joan Lorden
Lisa MacDonald
Marcia Merrill
Teal Michel
Donna Oldham
Angeles Ortega-Moore
Kristine Ottens Matthews
Fabi Preslar
Dr. Barbara Riley

Renee Alexander Sherrod
Tami Simmons
Elizabeth Simpson
Beverly Spainhour
Kim Spivey
Valarie Udeh
Mboone Umbima
Marty Viser-Clontz
Sterlin Benson Webber
Eulada Watt
Barbara Wilks
Rosa Winfree
Emily Zimmern

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Dr. Nini Bautista
Linda Lockman-Brooks
Sally Robinson
Joan Zimmerman