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Watch the Leading on Opportunity Presentation

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force shared its findings on March 27, 2017. If you missed the event, you can watch it here. Thanks to the GOV Channel for recording and live streaming the presentation.

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Leading on Opportunity Report Presentation

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force presented its recommendations to the community on March 27, 2017. The following presentation summarizes the report’s findings.

Leading on Opportunity Report Presentation

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Voices from Community Partners

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force could not have accomplished its work alone and looked to community partners for their expertise and guidance. Here are a few thoughts from community partners who assisted the Task Force along its journey.

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Task Force Video

The 20 members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force came from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. They listened and learned from each other and the community over 18 months and they look ahead to our collective future. Please enjoy their reflections on the journey to date.

Opportunity Storyteller

Ivel Posada

“Reinvigorating opportunities for all people in Charlotte is an endeavor very near to my heart. There is no greater honor an immigrant can bestow on a place than to call it ‘home.’ And of the many places I have lived across the years, Charlotte is the only place on this tiny blue planet that I call home.” 

Ivel is a public school science teacher with Teach for America. He is a 2014 graduate of Harvard College where he received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Social Theory and Philosophy. Ivel is the 2010 valedictorian of Butler High School and an alumnus of the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina.

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Opportunity Storyteller

Jennifer Huff

“I didn’t reach these my goals by myself. There were countless people along the way that helped me get there — family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, and commanders who pushed me and supported me in different ways.”

Jennifer, 43, is a Senior Financial Analyst with Premier, Inc., a healthcare performance improvement alliance company. Prior to joining Premier in February 2014, she served in the United States Air Force for over 23 years.

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Opportunity Storyteller

Brandi N. Williams

“I am often reminded that when you know better you do better. If you don’t know better, you can’t do better. What I’ve found through my work in the community is we don’t make knowing better easy; we limit access to information, people and resources to far too many people in our community.”

Brandi N. Williams, affectionately called Bea by those who know her, is a broker for change. She’s an accredited PR professional and hip-hop music lover who uses her formal training in public relations to advocate for causes. For nearly two decades, Brandi has worked in the nonprofit, government, entertainment, lifestyle and corporate sectors to bridge divide between the streets and the suites through her work with the Hip Hop Caucus#giveonte15th, and give deep.

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Opportunity Storyteller

Yolanda Alexander

“There are so many families in this area that struggling on a day-to-day basis, and a lot of us go through it alone in silence.”

Yolanda is a native Charlottean and single mom who works for Novant Health. She also volunteers at Crisis Assistance Ministry in an effort to give back to an organization that has helped her in the past, and to help others who are situations similar to her own.

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