2010-2011 Cultural Leadership Training Class Announced

2010-2011 Cultural Leadership Training Class Announced

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – The Arts & Science Council (ASC) has named the 2010-2011 Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) class. ASC has 31 participants from a diverse group of organizations in both the public and private sector.

Established in 2005, CLT is a nine month, nine session program designed to help develop emerging leaders into productive volunteers and board candidates for cultural organizations across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. In addition to experiencing the various arts, science and history facilities in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, participants learn financial and legal obligations of board membership, fundraising, advocacy and board and staff relations, among other things. At the end of the program, graduates are placed on a board either as an apprentice or a full-term board member. More than 150 members have graduated from the program and served in the cultural community.

ASC is also proud to announce that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PWC) and Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP have signed on as sponsors of this year’s class. Both companies have one employee in the program this year.

Mike Adams, partner at Parker Poe, said the program heightens the profile, professionalism and connectedness of ASC-supported institutions and Parker Poe employees within the community.

“Parker Poe believes a better community benefits everyone personally and professionally,” Adams said. “Our firm has a long history of public service and we are proud to both support and participate in a program that fosters responsible governance of community organizations.”

Ron Cofield, market managing partner at PWC said he sees value in the program on two fronts: first the CLT program takes emerging leaders and shows them how to be responsible corporate citizens; second it highlights the vast array of arts and cultural organizations in Charlotte.

“The one challenge we hear from our staff in [getting involved with a cultural non-profit], is that they don't know the steps to take to get involved nor do they know what organizations are in Charlotte that have a need for volunteers or board members,” Cofield said. “The Cultural Leadership Training program makes those connections and matches the individuals that have a desire to serve with the organizations that have a need.”

2010-2011 CLT participants
(alphabetical order)

Melissa Abernathy, corporate audit services manager, Duke Energy

Vera Bonds, senior vice president, service delivery manager, Bank of America

Melissa Boone, audit principal, Reznick Group

Mike Brannock, vice president, business banking, Fifth Third Bank

Karen Chapman, attorney, Poyner Spruill LLP

Dawn Cloutier, director of operations, performance facilities, Central Piedmont Community College

Chad Cowan, IT manager I, Duke Energy

Jamal Dawkins, senior counsel, labor, Time Warner Cable, Inc.

Alfred Dawson, accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Kristen Day, senior sales representative, Lilly Corporate Center

Jennifer Dice, associate, Wells Fargo Securities

Celeste Flores, associate vice president, community philanthropy, board manager, Foundation For The Carolinas

Ron Freeman, managing partner, Dry Creek Holdings, LLC/Bespoke Media

Andrew Grant, assistant town manager, Town of Cornelius

Corinne Grimaldi, managing director, Carolinas Chapter, Club Managers Association of America

Tara Keener, association vice president, communications, Foundation For The Carolinas

Will Kincheloe, vice president, commercial construction, Heard Ratzlaff Construction, Inc.

Jeff Kornegay, president, Colony Search Group, LLC

Nicole Martin, corporate support manager, Novant Health

Heather McNatt, senior director, marketing and PR, Presbyterian Healthcare

Harriet Meetz, associate vice president, Carolinas HealthCare System

Blake Narr, marketing manager, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP

Brandy Richard, director of business development & tourism, Visit Charlotte

Steven Rogelberg, professor / director, Organizational Science, UNC Charlotte

Morgan Rogers, associate, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Thomas Trochanowski, senior manager, KPMG LLC

Jeff Turk, president / principal recruiter, Omega Search, Inc.

Lisa Walker, chair / professor, Sociology, UNC Charlotte

Dianna Williams, human resources, Piedmont Plastics, Inc.

Kaysi Winsman, coordinator, Alumni Programs & Annual Giving, Queens University of Charlotte

Leroy Wray, dean of students, Nathanial Alexander Elementary School

For more information on the Cultural Leadership Training program please visit www.ArtsandScience.org.


Krista Terrell 
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