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 HERE. WIE wishes to thank Paige Chesser, Gwen Thoma and their team of mentors for a successful program.
The 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.READ MORE -->
Thank you for making the 2013 Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange Annual Multicultural Conference and Luncheon successful. This year's show was brought to you in conjunction with the Southern Women's Show and Vision 2020.
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust, Chicago and National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA.
In her role at Northern Trust she is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. In addition, Ms. Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm's response to environmental matters as well as social issues within the marketplace, workplace, and the community. Continue Reading -->
Panel of "Power Women"
Ann Caulkins, President and Publisher of The Charlotte Observer. Prior to joining The Observer in May 2006, Ann served as the first woman president and publisher of The State in Columbia, S.C., earning a reputation as an agent of positive change. Her career includes serving as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at The Herald-Leader in Lexington, KY. Ann started her career with Knight-Ridder at the Fort Worth Star Telegram. She graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Oral Communications. She also attended the Simmons Executive Graduate School Program. Continue Reading -->
Patricia Diaz-Dennis, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel (Retired) at AT&T. Patricia was responsible for AT&T Corporate Litigation, Procurement, Corporate Real Estate, Environmental, Corporate Compliance, IT, Trademark and Copyright legal matters until she retired in November 2008. Before joining AT&T in 1995, Dennis was special counsel to Sullivan & Cromwell for communications matters in the international law firm's Washington, D.C. office. From 1989 to 1991, she was a partner and head of the communications section of the Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue law firm. She holds a law degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Continue Reading -->
Debra Plousha Moore, As Executive Vice President and Chief Human Recources Officer, Debra directs the human resources division of Carolinas HealthCare System. Her office oversees recruitment, compensation, benefits, employee relations and employee health, serving more than 48,000 full-time and part-time employees system-wide. Ms. Plousha Moore came to Charlotte from a comparable position at OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio, where she served for more than seven years. Additionally, she held human resources positions with Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, Mich., and Franciscan Health System of the Ohio Valley in Ohio. She is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and the Society for Human Resource Management. A graduate of San Francisco State University, she earned a master’s degree in education, counseling and human services from the University of Dayton. Continue Reading -->
Special Guest EMCEE
Moira Quinn, Senior Vice President of Communications and Chief Operating Officer for Charlotte Center City Partners.
As Senior Vice President of Communications and Chief Operating Officer for Charlotte Center City Partners, Moira is responsible for the daily operations of Center City Partners, including budgeting, facility operations, contracts, HR and CCCP’s contractual relationship with the City of Charlotte. She is also responsible for internal & external communications with Center City stakeholders and media relations.
Moira’s background revolves primarily around media and management. Moira started at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte, as a college intern. She became a studio cameraman and was the first woman in Charlotte to work as a full-time TV news photographer. During the ‘80’s Moira co-hosted, produced stories for and served as interim producer the TV show PM Magazine. Continue Reading -->
Thanks to Our Sponsors
The Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange started off 2013 with new Board Chair, Roberta (Bert) Harper. Bert is one of two Vision 2020 National Delegates from North Carolina and has been integral in the WIE-Vision 2020 partnership to continue and expand the Mentoring Across Difference Program. Recently retired from Bank of America, as a Business Support Executive leading the Program Management Office for the Advisory Growth & Development Group, Bert is heavily involved, not only with WIE but the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council.
The Board of Directors also welcomes Monique Stamps, the second Vision 2020 National Delegate from North Carolina, and a Peer Advocate at Disability Rights & Resources, and Kavita Gupta, a Community Leader. Recently, Kavita worked as a Senior Vice President for Bank of America after being a Business Development and Client Relationship Management for Perkins & Will.
Thank you to all of our Board Members for your commitment to building trust across race and culture!
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.
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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