YBM Leadership Luncheon Series

YBM is currently working on the upcoming line up of Leadership Luncheon speakers for the fall. We are assembling the top leaders in the Charlotte community to speak to our young and seasoned business leaders who attend the Leadership Luncheon Series. The Leadership Luncheons are designed as small group networking sessions for YBM’s Leadership Ambassadors and Charlotte’s business community. The sessions give the young leaders an opportunity to learned from business leaders while working on their networking skills. The sessions are hosted by one of the YBM Ambassadors.

COE of Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Eric Watson May Speaker

YBM is proud to announce that Mr. Eric Watson May 2013 Leadership Dinner Speaker. Mr. Watson will speak on the business case for corporate giving and engagement.
Watson will take the helm as the new president and CEO of Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council which is a regional supplier diversity and economic development organization. Previously, Watson served as vice president of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for Delhaize America, which encompasses the Food Lion, Harvey’s and Reid’s brands, and grocery stores Bottom Dollar Food, Hannaford Brothers and Sweetbay Supermarkets.

Eric Watson

Watson has more than 30 years of experience in operations management and diversity and joined Food Lion as vice president of Diversity & Inclusion in October 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for: The Diversity Forum, Executive Leadership Council, University of North Carolina-Center for International Understanding, and Lead Partner of the UNC-Chapel Hill Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Corporate Advisory Partners Group.
YBM Leadership Alliance hosts regular Leadership networking meetings where we bring our high school leaders together with business and community leaders to network, learn from each other, and hear personal words of encouragement and success from some of Charlotte’s most successful business leaders.
Due to the high school schedule, the May event will be held as an after work networking and dinner session. The event will at Sullivan’s Steakhouse on Thursday May 9th from 5pm – 7pm.
Attendees will be able to purchase their own meals at the restaurant. Prices will range from $25-$35 per meal. There will be no charge to attend the event.
The Leadership Networking Session represents another component of the new reality program for YBM leaders. The Dinner, which is hosted by a YBM Youth Ambassador, is purposely designed in a small group networking format of 20-25 attendees. The format provides an opportunity for our young leaders and business professionals to network and learn from business experts.

President of Duke Energy Foundation Richard “Stick” Williams April Speaker


The April Leadership Luncheon was hosted by Duke Energy Foundation President Richard “Stick” Williams. Mr. Williams spoke to Leadership Luncheon attendees on Civic Leadership. “Stick did an excellent job weaving his personal narrative into a conversation about civic leadership. We were excited to have our young leaders and business professions be able to benefit from Stick’s experience and wisdom” quoted John Martin the CEO and President of YBM Leadership Alliance.

Stick Williams speaks

Williams is vice president of corporate community affairs for Duke Energy and president of The Duke Energy Foundation. He leads the company’s philanthropy through The Duke Energy Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of life in the communities it serves.

Williams is co-chair of Project LIFT, an innovative philanthropic initiative to address educational issues in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ West Charlotte Corridor. He serves on the boards of directors of Hope Haven Inc. and the Bank of Commerce of North Carolina. He also serves on the board of advisors of the Carolinas HealthCare System. Williams is immediate past chairman of the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the board of trustees of the Mint Museum. He is also past chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill board of trustees, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and the UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association. He is also a past board member of Communities In Schools of North Carolina.

The April Luncheon was hosted by YBM Ambassador Jalen Roddey. Jalen is a senior at Mallard Creek High School. He will be attending NC A&T in the fall.

President of Johnson C. Smith Dr. Ronald Carter February Speaker


JCSU President Dr. Ronald Carter

JCSU President Dr. Ronald Carter

YBM is proud to announce that Dr. Ronald L. Carter President of Johnson C. Smith University is the February Leadership Luncheon speaker. Dr. Ronald L. Carter became the 13th president of Johnson C. Smith University on July 1, 2008. The High Point, N.C. native has more than 30 years of experience serving students and universities. Prior to joining JCSU, he was provost and dean of faculty at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.
Business professional David Moore had the following feedback about the February Luncheon “Just wanted to touch base and to inform you that I really enjoyed the message delivered by Dr. Carter. It was a very powerful message. Also, I want to thank you for inviting me to your luncheon yesterday. I really enjoyed it and I know you are very proud of those outstanding young men who have accomplished a lot in their lives. Thank you for your outstanding leadership and I’ll stay in touch.”
The February event was hosted by YBM Amabassador Marshall Craft. Marshall is a senior at Phillip O’ Berry High School. He will be attending MIT in the fall.

Marshall Craft, Dr. Ron Carter and YBM CEO John Martin

Marshall Craft, Dr. Ron Carter and YBM CEO John Martin

Charlotte Bobcats VP Marketing Seth Bennett January Speaker

YBM is proud to announce that Seth Bennett Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Charlotte Bobcats will be our first speaker of the year. The first session will focus on developing your personal brand for success.

Seth Bennett Speaks

Seth Bennett joined the Bobcats in September of 2006 as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and moved to Vice President of Experiential Marketing in December of 2006. As Senior Vice President of Markenting, Bennett is responsible for the Bobcats event presentation, special events, grassroots marketing, arena marketing and technical operations.
Prior to joining the organization, Bennett was the Owner and Founding Principal of The Event Authority, where he produced 400 live events and negotiated corporate partner contributions for college and high school athletic programs and various entertainment events. He also established a national client and sponsorship base that included Nike, Burger King and the Kings of the Courts national tour, Brand Jordan, Geico, FBR Inc., Foot Locker, Nationwide Insurance, ALLTEL and Boost Mobile.
Bennett has produced nine Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Football Classics; the Jordan Brand All-American Basketball Classic, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City; and the corporate entertainment for the widely popular PGA Tour FBR Open in Phoenix. Bennett also produced the HoopTee Celebrity Golf Classic and major college football games featuring the University of Southern California and Virginia Tech.
Prior to his jump into entrepreneurship, Bennett spent eight years in intercollegiate athletic marketing, promotions, event/game operations and advertising at North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Bennett, who is a member of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte, was a football player at N.C. A&T and earned his B.A. in Public Relations in 1993. Bennett and his wife, Michelle, have one son, Seth Michael.
The meeting location was Ruth Chris – 222 South Tryon Street, Charlotte

The objective of the Leadership Luncheon is to bring together like-minded successful leaders to network, learn, and discuss success principles. The group will consist of young leaders from YBM and business and community leaders from around Charlotte. “The mix of business professionals networking with young leaders, an executive level speaker in an upscale business environment works perfectly. We are helping our young leaders learn 21st century skills of business.” stated John Martin CEO and Founder of YBM Leadership Alliance.

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The event was hosted by Branden Cook. Branden is a senior at Butler High School. He will be attending Wake Forest in the Fall.

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