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Greater Expectations Conference Speakers

Mr. Hezekiah Griggs, Opening Keynote Speaker – Parent/Guardian/Student session

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·  Topic: Entrepreneurship Empowerment and Leadership
ü  Mind, Money and Motivation
ü  A Good “Honest” Hustle will Pay Off
 
·         College Fair, expecting over 30 exemplary schools: the following have already confirmed
o   United States Air Force Academy
o   United States Military Academy
o   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
o   Central Piedmont Community College
o   Florida A&M University
o   Morehouse College
o   Winston-Salem State University
o   Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
o   Tuskegee University
o   Clark Atlanta University
o   East Carolina University
o   Belmont Abbey College
Professor Michelle Horton,  Wake Forest University, Founder/CEO YOUniversity Drive, LLC-Student Session
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Michelle R. Horton is a first-generation college graduate and founder of YOUniversity Drive, LLC. After years as a corporate executive, Michelle made the decision to change careers and enter the college classroom as a professor. (Read More)
 
·         Topic: Go Hard or Go Hungry!!!
ü  College is quickly approaching and now is the time to get focused and get serious about the path you want your academics, career and life to take. Are you driven and ready to go the distance in your quest for success?  Ask yourself,  “Am I taking responsibility for my life with a real commitment to excellence?”  
ü  The “Boyz to FreshMEN” session will determine if you are prepared to GO HARD or GO HUNGRY™!
 
Mr. Bruce Johnson, Associate Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Central Piedmont Community College – Student Session
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A native of Dayton, Ohio, Bruce A. Johnson currently serves as the Associate Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. (Read More)
 
·    Topic: STEM (STEMulate Your Studies) 
ü  The advantages of taking these courses
ü  Career Opportunities
Ms. Pamela Lue-Hing (not speaking, but topic still presented), CEO and Strategic Sales Consultant & Coach – Student Session 
 
·   Topic: The Making of a 21st Century Leader
ü  What does this young man look like
ü  What are the stereotypes
ü  What are the roadblocks and obstacles they can and cannot control
ü  How can they stay polished to build a great brand
 
Mr. Steve Block, Financial Services Professional – Parent/Guardian Session
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Steve is a man of faith, driven by the core principle that the choices we make determine the life we live. Ask him to elaborate, and he’d say, “every single day, we make choices that show whether we live life with courage, or not.  (Read More)
·     Topic: Parent/Student Finances
ü  How to Obtain and Sustain Financial Maturity
ü  Roadblocks, Rumors and Responsibility
ü  Students need Savings too
 John Martin, CEO/Founder Young Black Male Leadership Alliance – Parent/Guardian Session 
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John Martin is the CEO and Founder of the Young Black Male (YBM) Leadership Alliance, a non-profit organization focusing on leadership development and college preparation for young, black men between the ages of 14 to 18. (Read More)
·    Topic: YBM and YOU
ü  What is YBM
ü  YBM Benefits and Programs
ü  How to get and stay involved
 
Brandi Smith, Assistant Director of College Guidance at Charlotte Country Day School –Parent/Guardian Session
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Brandi Smith is the current Assistant Director of College Guidance at Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, NC. She has spent the last ten years of career working in college admissions. (Read More)
·         Topic: GPA Game
ü  What is a GPA (weighted/unweighted)
ü  How is it calculated for high school and colleges
ü  What does it mean for college and career choices
Mr. Alan Hendrix, CEO Vision Lawn Care and YBM Executive Leadership Team– Parent/Guardian Session
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Alan Hendrix is an entrepreneur and the Owner of Visions Lawn Care & Landscape Design.  He has operated businesses in California and North Carolina. (Read More)
·  Topic: The Making of a 21st Century Leader
ü  What does this young man look like
ü  What are the stereotypes
ü  What are the roadblocks and obstacles they can and cannot control
ü  How can you help them to build a great brand

 

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I heard Jeremiah and Chris talking about the different speakers with a few of their friends that evening, and how it was the best conference ever!

 
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