Conference Speakers

Maureen Conway.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

7:30 a.m. - registration, networking and breakfast
8 - 1:30 p.m. - event program

CPCC Harris Conference Center

Open to the public. Register Here!

For more information, contact liza.melms@cpcc.edu or 704.330.2722, ext. 3061.

Carla Bailey Ms. Carla Bailey graduated from CPCC in 2017 with an associate degree in Computer Integrated Machining Technology. Through CPCC’s Workplace Learning division, she became an apprentice for Bosch Rexroth Corporation. Bailey was then awarded a scholarship by the German Language and Culture Foundation, which allowed her to study and work in Germany for three months as an exchange student. She also served as a leader for the CPCC chapter of the NC STEM Alliance. Bailey is now employed full-time by Bosch Rexroth as a CNC machinist and is in training to become a team lead. In addition, she is back in school, studying Mechanical Engineering at CPCC.
Amy Burkett Ms. Amy Burkett has led the renaissance of WTVI PBS Charlotte, a viewer-supported service of Central Piedmont Community College, as general manager since June 2013. Before that, she spent 14 years at WLVT PBS39 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as executive vice president. She began her career in commercial television working at network affiliates as an anchor/reporter for nine years. Burkett has led teams to four national PBS awards, 37 Emmy nominations, six Mid-Atlantic regional Emmys, two Mid-South regional Emmys, six Pennsylvania Association of Broadcaster’s Awards, five Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas awards and one regional Edward R. Murrow Award. She is originally from Ohio and holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. Ms. Maureen Conway serves as vice president for policy programs at the Aspen Institute and as executive director of the institute’s Economic Opportunities Program (EOP). Conway founded EOP’s Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) and has headed up workforce research at the Aspen Institute since 1999. She leads a team of researchers and consultants in a variety of initiatives to identify and advance strategies that help low-income Americans gain ground in today’s labor market. A featured speaker at numerous national and regional conferences, she is a nationally recognized expert in industry-specific workforce development and has been quoted in a variety of news media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Journal and National Public Radio’s “Market Place.” Under her leadership, EOP’s Workforce Strategies Initiative has investigated the outcomes of sectoral workforce development, provided innovation seed grants to leading programs in order to illuminate promising practices, and explored key operating features of programs in specific industry sectors. Maureen is the author of numerous publications, including co-editing, together with Robert P. Giloth, the book “Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies,” a collection that brings perspectives from philanthropy, policy, research and practice together to chart how sector-based workforce development has evolved and the implications for the future.
Cooper-Lewter Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter is a longtime leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, devoted to the cause of equal opportunity for all. She is the executive director of Leading on Opportunity, charged with addressing the finding that Charlotte ranks last among the 50 largest U.S. cities in upward mobility. She moved to Charlotte in February 2018 from Columbia, S.C., where she served since 2016 as vice president of initiatives and public policy for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina focused on reducing poverty statewide. In all, she brings nearly 25 years of experience in nonprofit, health, educational and philanthropic sectors. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree, a Master of Social Work degree and a Ph.D. in social work.
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer became the fourth president of Central Piedmont Community College in January 2017. Her career has spanned 24 years in higher education, with 22 of those serving in community college systems in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida. Dr. Deitemeyer’s pathway to success began at Polk Community College in Florida, where she graduated with an associate degree. From there, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and public relations, a master’s degree in counselor education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.
Zach Fly Mr. Zach Fly, a full-time student at CPCC, is seeking to earn an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration degree. He also works for Bank of America as a treasury fulfillment specialist, thanks to the bank’s College Stars program. Fly was accepted into the first cycle of this talent pipeline initiative, and through a partnership with CPCC’s Workplace Learning division, he was awarded an internship. He has since been promoted to a full-time position. Through online training, he will be able to complete his associate degree this spring. Fly then plans to continue his education at UNCC and hopes to advance his career with Bank of America.
Danielle Frazier Ms. Danielle Frazier is the chief operating officer for Charlotte Works, the workforce development board for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. With more than 18 years of experience in workforce development, she has held prior positions as interim president and CEO, operations director and youth programs director at Charlotte Works. In these roles, Danielle led strategic planning and execution, process improvement, as well as program development and management. Danielle holds a master’s degree in public administration from Strayer University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University
Moza Hamud Ms. Moza Hamud attended CPCC as an international student from Mombasa, Kenya, and earned an associate degree in Science. She then transferred to UNC Chapel Hill, where she obtained a Biology degree with a Pre-Med focus and delivered the keynote address for her graduation. Throughout her college career, Moza played an active role in student life and academic clubs, and she was recognized for her outstanding volunteer service. She is currently a pharmacogenomics intern at RxClinic Pharmacy in Charlotte and also spends time shadowing doctors at various medical practices. Moza is now preparing for the Medical College Admission Test for admission into medical school this year.
Jackson Mr. Chris Jackson is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, a position he has held since June 2017. Prior to joining Goodwill, Jackson was vice president of community building for United Way of Central Carolinas and a principal in the retail client group for The Vanguard Group in Charlotte, N.C., and Valley Forge, Pa. Jackson is actively involved in the community as a member of the Charlotte Regional Partnership board of directors, North Carolina Outward Bound Charlotte advisory board, Charlotte Merchants Foundation, Charlotte Rotary, Crisis Assistance Ministry board of directors, Charlotte Works board and chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Development Providers Council. He holds a Business Degree in Organizational Innovation from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of Goodwill Industries International’s Executive Development Program.
Brandon Jones Mr. Brandon Jones tried college right after high school but dropped out after his second year. For a while, he was aimless and even had some run-ins with the law. But through the NC Works NextGen program and Charlotte Works’ funding for out-of-school youth, Brandon found his way back to school at CPCC and is working toward a career in IT. So far, he has earned an industry certification in IT fundamentals and has completed an on-the-job training internship with CPCC. He is now employed by CPCC’s ESL department at the Cato Campus and is working on an associate degree in Information Technology. Brandon is thankful for all of the support and opportunities he’s been given.
Lorden Dr. Joan Lorden serves as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNC Charlotte. She provides leadership for seven colleges, research institutes and a university-wide graduate school.  Dr. Lorden has overseen significant growth in enrollment, instructional programs at all levels and funded research. She served as the project director for the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant from NSF. Before moving to Charlotte, Dr. Lorden held the position of NSF/CGS dean-in-residence and was associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she directed the university-wide graduate program in neuroscience. Dr. Lorden received a B.A. from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University
James Sheperd Mr. James Shepherd is a lab assistant for CPCC’s Harper Campus Construction department. After completing several construction training programs at Goodwill University, James received an OSHA-10 safety certification, a National Center for Construction Education and Research certificate and a forklift license. He also became proficient in using power tools and understanding blueprints. His dedication earned him an apprenticeship with Goodwill’s Construction Services where he continued to learn on the job. Shepherd is now looking forward to enrolling in CPCC’s two-year program in Construction Management Technologies. He has fully taken advantage of the many opportunities he’s received and hopes to inspire others to do the same.
Stan Sherrill Mr. Stan Sherrill serves as vice president of employee and labor relations for Duke Energy. He leads the team responsible for developing and implementing the company’s overall labor strategy, including the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements and the handling of union grievances and arbitrations. Previously, Sherrill served as deputy general counsel for Duke Energy, a position he held since 2007. He assumed his current position following the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012. Sherrill earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
David Taylor Mr. David Taylor is the Technician Apprentice Program Leader for Cummins Inc.  He has worked for Cummins for 38 years, serving in a number of roles from training instructor to vice president of service for the engine and power generation for the Carolinas and Virginia. Since 2012, Taylor has worked with the Cummins Global Technician Apprentice program, which has a goal of having more than 500 apprentices by the end of 2020 in the U.S. and Canada. He also previously served as curriculum chair on the board of directors of the North Carolina Industries for Technical Education, a 501(c)(3) foundation for the North Carolina Community College System, to lead the development of a two-year diesel/heavy equipment curriculum at 13 community colleges.
Wilcox Dr. Clayton Wilcox became superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on July 1, 2017. He came to the district from Washington County, Maryland, where he had been superintendent for nearly six years. A native of Iowa, Dr. Wilcox has served as superintendent for school districts in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Pinellas County in Florida and Maryland. He has also worked as a vice president and senior vice president for education and corporate relations at Scholastic, Inc. Dr. Wilcox received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his doctorate from NOVA Southeastern University in Florida.