All-Star Women in Leadership Reception: A Success

In the midst of Charlotte’s NBA All-Star Weekend, the North Carolina Black Alliance and the Collective Education Fund held a reception and fundraiser dedicated to celebrating the outstanding leadership of Black women who serve on local, state, and national stages in various municipal and federal capacities. The event was held on Saturday, February 16 on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.

Black women have always been the bedrock of our democracy and ever since given the right to vote, Black women have been consciously steering our communities (and country) in the right direction.  Exponentially over the past few years, Black women have taken the mantle in many leadership capacities by breaking glass ceilings all over the country. North Carolina, has blazed the trail as Black Women transition into positions of power across the state, leading our municipalities, county management offices, criminal justice departments, and civic organizations.

Thank you to all of our attendees and honored guests, Charlotte Mayor, Vi Lyles, Durham District Attorney Satana Deberry, Pitt County Sherrif Paula Dance and Salisbury Mayor, Al Heggins. This event also featured special guests Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Co-Founder/CEO of WEEN and Bakari Sellars, CNN Political Contributor.

This event would not have been a success without our host committee members and supportive sponsors.

Host Committee

  • Emma Allen
  • Kelly Alexander
  • Amy Chiou
  • Harold Cogdell, Jr.
  • Carrie Cook
  • Melissa McDaniel
  • Natalie Murdock

Community Leader Sponsor

  • Harold Cogdell, Jr.

Advocate for Women Sponsors

  • Alexander Funeral Home
  • Mary Belk
  • Kristi Bellamy
  • Cleveland Community Business Development Center
  • Stephanie Gardner
  • Connie Green Johnson
  • Spencer Merriweather
  • Mujtaba Mohammed
  • Natalie Murdock
  • Reyna Walters-Morgan
  • Brandi Williams
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