Company: Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
Title: President & CEO
How did you get involved with Charlotte Works?
My personal involvement began through my participation in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Providers Council which was formed to help workforce development providers work better together to help individuals in our community pursue their career goals. I was a member of this council when the decision was made to adopt it as an official advisory council to Charlotte Works. When I became chair of the council I joined the Charlotte Works Board.
Why is workforce development so important to you?
In many ways work is the foundation for success. Family sustaining employment is critical to helping families thrive and workforce development focused organizations help to create access to opportunity and help individuals build the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their goals and aspirations. There is nothing more powerful than partnering and supporting them on their journey.
What excites you most about the direction of Charlotte Works and how will you contribute to it?
I believe we have the resources necessary in this community to positively affect economic mobility for individuals and families. What is critical is to align and connect the available resources for the greatest impact. I see Charlotte Works being pivotal in this work; as a convener, championing positive change in the workforce system, and being a great resource to inform changes to policy and other systemic issues. I am committed to this work personally and for the organization I have the privilege to lead, and will support our efforts in partnership.
Best piece of career advice you have received?
Always take care of what you can control. Work hard, take very opportunity to learn, and be great to others.
What are your hobbies/interests?
Traveling with my family, riding my Harley Davidson, and home projects.