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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

April 10, 2015

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“Empowering Dreams: Realizing the Future”

fix_0823-6686 (2) (640x427)Dedication to Community partnered with The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, Friday, April 10, 2015,  to host its first-ever full-day symposium, “Empowering Dreams: Realizing the Future.” Fifteen dynamic D2C industry experts presented to an audience of students, faculty, administrators and community members in McKnight Auditorium at the Cone University Center.

The highly successful event included presentations honoring current NFL player and Walter Payton Man of the Year (2015) Thomas Davis, and retired NASA astronaut Joan Higginbotham. Davis was honored with D2C’s Doing GOOD & Doing WELL Award and Higginbotham was the recipient of the organization’s Leadership & Inspiration Award during two emotional award presentation ceremonies.

Davis, a native of Shellman, Georgia, played college football for the University of Georgia and was recognized as a consensus All-American. A first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2005 NFL Draft, he is both well known and highly regarded in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area for his philanthropic and community service efforts. Higginbotham, a native of Chicago who attended the same high school as First Lady Michelle Obama (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School), is the third African-American woman to travel into space. Her leadership as a “female astronaut of color” has done much to inspire gender and racial equality in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Honorees:

Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2015); Outside Linebacker, Carolina Panthers; recipient of D2C’s Doing GOOD & Doing WELL Award

Joan Higginbotham
Joan Higginbotham, Retired NASA Astronaut; recipient of D2C’s Leadership & Inspiration Award

Moderator:

M. Quentin Williams, Esq. –   Founder & Chairman, D2C Tour; Chairman & CEO, The Butler Lappert Williams Firm, PC and Williams Media and Marketing Group, LLC

Panelists:

 VIP Dinner:

 Click here to view video highlights of the D2C Tour VIP Dinner at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Media:

Click here for radio and television interviews about the D2C event at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Comment:

“This was an amazing event! The D2C program encourages and empowers our precious youth. It is facilitated by panels of really talented and intelligent people who address the challenges of students emerging into their careers from a place of love.”

~ Jeff Cravotta, Jeff Cravotta Photography, UNC Charlotte Participant

 

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View event photo gallery below. View event videos at D2C’s online video gallery.

D2C signage graces the entrance to the event venue D2C event arrivals Event Check-in for arrivals D2C event registrants Wade Holden and D2C's Director of Operations Laura Holden Leo Wyatt, Myra Johnston & D2C Industry Expert Renaldo Wynn D2C Pre-event Breakfast Meeting D2C Founder M. Quentin Williams D2C Panel: Manny Ohonme, Kristal Taylor High, Dave Alpern, Arthur Wylie, Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson, Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III, Scott Steele, M. Quentin Williams D2C Panel: Kelly Naqi, Chuck Lee, Dr. Richard Rolle, Eve Wright, Steven Israel, Joe Pierce, M. Quentin Williams, Renaldo Wynn D2C Industry Expert Panel: Renaldo Wynn, Eve Wright, Steven Israel, Kelly Naqi, Joe Pierce, Chuck Lee and Dr. Richard Rolle D2C Founder Quentin Wiilliams &  industry expert panelists D2C Panel: Manny Ohonme, Kristal Taylor High, Dave Alpern, Arthur Wylie, Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson, Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III, Scott Steele, M. Quentin Williams   D2C Panel: Manny Ohonme, Kristal Taylor High, Dave Alpern, Arthur Wylie, Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson, Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III, Scott Steele, M. Quentin Williams D2C Industry Expert Dave Alpern  offers his comments D2C Industry Expert Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson D2C Industry Expert Arthur Wylie D2C Industry Expert Chuck Lee D2C Industry Expert Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III D2C Industry Expert Eve Wright D2C Industry Experts  Joe Pierce and Chuck Lee D2C Industry Expert Renaldo Wynn D2C Industry Experts Kelly Naqi, Joe Pierce and Chuck Lee D2C Industry Expert Joe Pierce D2C Industry Expert Arthur Wylie D2C Panelist Chuck Lee D2C Industry Expert Steven Israel
D2C Industry Experts Renaldo Wynn and Eve Wright Dr. Richard Rolle, D2C Industry Expert D2C Industry Experts Joe Pierce and Chuck Lee D2C Industry Expert Eve Wright Dave Alpern, Arthur Wylie, Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson, and Scott Steele Honoree Thomas Davis at the podium Honoree Thomas Davis, recipient of the Doing GOOD & Doing WELL Award Honoree Thomas Davis and D2C's Laura Holden Honoree Retired NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham Honoree Joan Higginbotham at podium; panel to her left Retired NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham accepts award from D2C's M. Quetin Williams and Laura Holden Honoree Joan HIgginbotham with event attendee Chuck Lee with a UNCC student M. Quentin Williams and Dr. Richard Rolle D2C Industry Experts Kelly Naqi and Dr. Richard Rolle D2C Industry Expert Joe Pierce speaking with student post-panel D2C Founder M. Quetin Williams speaking with event participant Dr. Richard Rolle speaking with attendee, Shannon Teal, post-panel Joe Pierce and Steven Israel speaking with an attendee post-panel Dr. Richard Rolle meets UNC Charlotte student, Kyle Henson, post-panel Renaldo Wynn speaking with students post-panel M. Quentin Williams speaking with an attendee post-panel Kelly Naqi speaking with attendee, Sarah Batista, post-panel Steven Israel and Nzingha Reel D2C Industry Expert Renaldo Wynn speaking with students post- panel M. Quentin Williams and Dave Alpern Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III, Eve Wright and James Fisher-Davis Octavius Rice, Donnie Shell, Victor Mack, and M. Quentin Williams Mastewal Gezahegn and Jennifer Townsend Tamara Williams and a Student Ambassador Eboni and Gerard Littlejohn with Charles Horton Retired NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham & M. Quentin Willlliams Mitch Smith, Victor Mack, M Quentin Williams and Shauna Smith Leo Wyatt, Myra Johnston, Sonyia Richardson and Dr. Charles Hutchinson Student Ambassador, Kyle Henson, and Dr. Arthur Jackson Renaldo Wynn with Linda and Ralph Beck Bryce Johnson, Shauna Smith, Mitch Smith and M. Quentin Williams Victor Mack, Melba Spooner and guest Brittney Wattley and Dave Alpern Ralph Beck and M. Quentin Williams Renaldo Wynn, Kyle Henson and Donnie Shell Tamara Williams, Victor Mack, Andrea Abercrombie and Jeri Guido Linda Gasco and Charles Horton Dave Alpern speaking with Student Ambassadors M. Quentin Williams and Vice Chancellor Arthur Jackson  Victor Mack and M. Quentin Williams Kim Turner and Dr. Charles Hutchinson Renaldo Wynn, Shauna Smith, Joan Higginbotham, and Charles Horton Renaldo Wynn Dr. Arthur Jackson, Vice Chancellor Tamara Williams Dr. Charles Hutchinson Introduction of D2C's Industry Experts Renaldo Wynn speaking with Student Ambassadors Introduction of D2C's Industry Experts Jeri Guido and Corinne Milien Shauna Smith and Retired NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham Introduction of D2C's Industry Experts Victor Mack  Introduction of the Industry Experts M. Quentin Williams, Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson, Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III, and James Fisher-Davis Retired NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham at the VIP dinner Donnie Shell LaTonja Miller and guest Chuck Lee, Ignacio Antoinne Almonia and Linda Gasco Donnie Shell, Laura Holden and Steven Israel enjoying a moment Dr. Arthur Jackson, Donnie Shell and Steven Israel Donnie Shell, Laura Holden and Steven Israel Andrea Rolle and Dr. Richard Rolle M. Quentin Williams and Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson James Fisher-Davis, Myra Johnston and Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III Roseanne and David Holtzer, with M. Quentin Williams and Renaldo Wynn Arthur Wylie and Eve Wright M. Quentin Williams, Joe Pierce and Renaldo Wynn Charles Horton with Student Ambassadors Corinne Milien, M. Quentin Williams, Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson, Joe Pierce and Renaldo Wynn Renaldo Wynn and Dr. Richard Rolle Renaldo Wynn, Joan Higginbotham and M. Quentin Williams Jennifer Townsend and Joan Higginbotham Jeri Guido and Joan Higginbotham M. Quentin Williams, Steven Israel and James Fisher-Davis Corinne Milien and Renaldo Wynn Dr. Charles Hutchinson and Eve Wright Eboni and Gerard Littlejohn with Charles Horton Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson Kristal High Taylor, M. Quentin Williams and Gwen High Joan Higginbotham and Charles Horton Dr. Arthur Jackson and M. Quentin Williams welcome guests Dr. Arthur Jackson and James Fisher-Davis speak with a student with Manny Ohonme in the background Vice Chancellor Arthur Jackson and Thomas Davis Sarah Batista and guest with Joan Higginbotham Kim Turner, Jennifer Townsend and Mastewal Gezahegn Jeri Guido, Renaldo Wynn and Andrea Abercrombie M. Quentin Williams, Laura Holden and Steven Israel Scott Steele, Arthur Wylie and Tamara Williams Kristal High Taylor, M. Quentin Williams and Gwen High Student Ambassadors enjoying lunch Chuck Lee with M. Quentin Williams Nzingha Reel, Jeri Guido, Andrea Abercrombie, Thomas Davis, and Tamara Williams Student Ambassadors M. Quentin Williams, Jennifer Townsend, Thomas Davis, Laura Holden, Charles Hutchinson, Victor Mack  Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson, Arthur Wylie, M. Quentin Williams, Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III, Tamara Williams, Manny Ohonme, Kristal High Taylor, Dave Alpern and Scott Steele
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Senator (SC) Marlon Kimpson, Arthur Wylie, M. Quentin Williams, Octavius ‘Ted’ Reid III, Tamara Williams, Manny Ohonme, Kristal High Taylor, Dave Alpern and Scott Steele

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April 10, 2015
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McKnight Hall, Cone University Center, UNC
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223 United States
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