Emerging Business Leaders Program Celebrates Its First Graduating Class
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013
by Staff

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce leaders along with officials from Northeastern University - Charlotte, Global Novations - A Korn/Ferry Company and the Compass Group gathered in Uptown on May 21 for a special graduation ceremony. The celebration of the first class to receive certificates of completion from the Emerging Business Leaders program. The graduating class included 14 men and women representing five of the city's major business community members.  

Emerging Business Leaders (EBL) is a talent development program designed to enhance the leadership competencies of high-potential, diverse professionals who will ultimately create competitive advantage for Charlotte’s workforce and economy. The program facilitates relationship building across companies and industries and provides opportunities for participants to increase their knowledge and engagement with the Chamber.

Participation in EBL is a benefit for Platinum, Gold and Silver level Diversity Partners Fund sponsors. The program evolved from the Chamber’s Diversity Officers Roundtable commitment to cultivating an inclusive and diverse community of business leaders. The Roundtable is a cohort of Chamber members who serve in diversity and inclusion leadership roles within their organizations. The group provides strategic guidance for the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, shares best practices and builds community among diversity and inclusion leaders. 

Charlotte Chamber Emerging Business Leaders, Class 1 graduates pictured at far right (from left to right) are: Porzia Reynosa, Gayle Brinson, Carlos Witherspoon, Monifa Drayton, Kathy Keller, James E. Taylor, Patrick Vaca, Ray DuFauchard, Deborah Riddle, Mark Dunn, Trent Legare, Harley Thomas, Miguel  Gonzalez and Jocelyn Petty.

 To see more photos from the graduation ceremonies, click here.

 Emerging Business Leaders, Class 1 (2012-2013)

Carolinas HealthCare System
Monifa Drayton
Mark Dunn
Trent Legare
James E. Taylor
Patrick Vaca

Compass Group
Deborah Riddle
Porzia Reynosa
Carlos Witherspoon
Kathy Keller

Duke Energy
Jocelyn Petty

Wells Fargo
Ray DuFauchard
Gayle Brinson

CB & I
Harley Thomas
Miguel Gonzalez

 Please contact Rod Garvin at rgarvin@charlottechamber.com for more information.


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