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Welcome to Access Charlotte

Access Charlotte is not just another networking or card-trading group.  It is a transformative organization facilitating access to some of the most accomplished, talented, respected and well-known business people in the region.   These are business leaders who are personally committed to building a pipeline of the region’s next generation of senior level executives.

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Legacy

Access Charlotte’s mission will help us act together to realize mutually beneficial outcomes, meet the evolving needs and aspirations of all stakeholders, and sustain the Charlotte region into the future. We are successful businessmen and women of color who respect and honor our history, all the while knowing we can improve of our futures together.

Learning “ It’s candid and unabridged truth about their leadership journeys and what happens after the workshops and seminars are over.” – Robyn Hamilton

The sessions are not “workshops.”  This is an opportunity to understand how to chart a course to C-suite positions, while realizing the nuances to be a minority in today’s corporate environment.   This is about building effective relationships with current and other emerging executives who are interested in helping rising minority executives achieve greater levels of success on their ascent to senior leadership roles.

FirstLastCompanyTitle
NickWhartonUrban LeagueChief Operting Officer
BridgetBraxtonWells FargoSenior Vice President, Corporate Communication
DonnieJhonsonWells FargoChief Operting Officer
MichaelMartinoWells FargoSenior Vice President, Customer Contact Center Executive - PremierBanking, Online and Home Equity Division
EricaMcCulloughWells FargoFinance Manager
BrandonNeaWells FargoVice President and Senior Counsel
HeidiCurrenceXeroxDirector, Strategic Accounts -Business Services/Retail Consumer Industry
Leadership

“Access Charlotte embodies the region’s most knowledgeable minority brain trusts on executive leadership.” – Stoney Sellars

  • Dr. Yele Aluko
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  • Brett C. Carter
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  • Bridget-Anne Hampden
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  • Cedric Coco
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  • Kevin Henry
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  • Christopher Braswell
    Christopher Braswell
  • Claudette Hampton
    Christopher Braswell
  • Debra Plousha-Moore
    Claudette Hampton
  • Emory Frank
    Debra Plousha-Moore
  • Michael A. Jones
    Christopher Braswell
Emerging Executives

Emerging minority executives will have a unique and unprecedented opportunity to interact and hear from Charlotte’s top minority executives and business leaders to help achieve greater levels of personal and professional success. These sessions promise to offer candid and unabridged conversation about their leadership journeys while challenging participants to take specific actions upon leaving the discussions. This is about more than a career development plan. They will share insight to navigating leadership styles, organization politics, and key factors that influence senior leader.

FirstLastCompanyTitleYear
ReynoldsReynoldsNovant Health, Inc.Senior Director, Marketing2016
ByronFranklinEmest YoungSenior Manager2016
TammyFerebeeNovant Health, Inc.Director, Stroke & Neurosciences2016
AnthonyPerezCarolinas HealthcareAssistant Vice President, Market Leader - Facilities Management Group2016
StephanieFranklinExtended StaySenior Vice President2016
VaughnKilpatrickNovant Health, Inc.Senior Director, Strategic Development2016
NickJonesRed Hill VenturesManaging Partner2016
TamaraJada GrandyCPCCDean, Merancas Campus in Huntersville2016
BrianGourdineDuke Energy CorporationAssociate General Counsel2016
RocedarMendyHarris TeeterDirector, Financial Analysis2016
JerrNwoekdiMcGuire WoodsAttorney2016
GregIrbyMerrill LynchSenior Vice President, Middle Market Sr. Relationship Manager2016
Access Charlotte Blog Access Charlotte gathers business leaders, emerging executives
  • inside-a-room
    Posted on Wed Oct 2016 Access Charlotte formed to help Charlotte’s top black executives and entrepreneurs thrive Inside a classroom at the uptown Foundation for the Carolinas on a recent afternoon, 35 listeners hung on every word from two high-ranking executives. Brett Carter, chief distribution officer and senior vice president for Duke Energy, and Michael Jones, chief merchandising officer for Lowe’s Home Improvement, were offering advice on moving up the ranks. And the… Read More
  • group-of-africa
    Posted on Wed Oct 2016 Access Charlotte gathers business leaders, emerging executives A group top African-American executives is putting out the welcome mat for up-and-coming executives and entrepreneurs. Access Charlotte, a newly formed black leadership venture, seeks to help provide the answers and direction they seek, as they navigate the ranks of corporate America and the nuances of business ownership. “By increasing the human capital that is present… Read More
  • bussiness
    Posted on Wed Oct 2016 Local Business Leaders Unite to Build Next Generation of Executives Charlotte has emerged from decades of change and reinvention with a vibrant, thriving business community. Much of our success can be attributed to the commitment and innovation of local leaders who are passionate about Charlotte’s future, and the recognition that there is always more that can be done to improve our community. Our business leaders are… Read More