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Personal Statement

Personal Statement

By CarolinaYouthCoalition
Thank you for joining CYC's Fellow-led podcast, Personal Statement! We showcase influential leaders' journeys to success and highlight their contributions to their community and beyond.

Buckle up. Let's get PERSONAL.

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Episode 5: Good to Great, Queen's University is ready to lead from the front!
President Dan Lugo of Queen's University of Charlotte is ready to take the university from good to great! With an emphasis on campus safety during COVID-19, student mental health services, and the celebration of 1st generation college students, this administration is leading from the front on how to best support its students and staff. 
December 8, 2020
Episode 4: I'm Going to Win!
Nothing is going to stop Harold Varner III from reaching his goal of winning a PGA Tour Event and increasing access to the game of golf.  This week CYC Fellows sat down with HVIII, PGA Member and Jordan Brand Ambassador, and discussed meeting Tiger Woods for the first time. Along with learning what his must-haves are on tour and one thing he won't leave at home again. Harold left us with a powerful message of helping others because that creates generational change and will in turn make the world a better place...Listen now!
December 3, 2020
Episode 6: Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Bank of America... What do they all have in common?
Well, Andrea Smith of course! Andrea is the Chief Administrative Officer at Bank of America and the Co-Chair of the Leading on Opportunity Council in Charlotte.  Andrea dropped gems about family, work, navigating through COVID-19, and her dream job. Tune in and Let's Get Personal!
November 20, 2020
Episode 3: Making a Statement featuring Sil Ganzo
We're making a statement with Sil Ganzo, Executive Director at ourBRIDGE for Kids.  As a self-proclaimed "stone" in the shoe to Charlotte's local government on immigration policy, Sil Ganzo talks about traditions, transitions,  and triumphs of immigrants in the Queen City.   Ganzo and her team make a statement by changing the narrative surrounding immigrants . . . . Buckle Up... let's get personal!
November 12, 2020
Episode 2: Dreaming Big Dreams with Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield
Personal Statement is about accomplished individuals sharing their journeys to leaving positive marks on society. When asked about what marks he is most proud of, Whitfield shared that it was not his time as a lawyer or businessman, or even as an NBA executive, but it was the ability to touch the lives of thousands of young people in a positive way that he cherished most. Whitfield served as a reminder to the Fellows that every day is an opportunity to make a statement, and Miliani ended the podcast with a challenge...What will be your next statement? Continue reading 
October 5, 2020
Episode 1: Racial Inequalities in Education with Janeen Bryant of CREED (Center for Racial Equity in Education)
Thank you for joining CYC's Fellow-led podcast, Personal Statement! We showcase influential leaders' journeys to success, reveal lessons learned along the way, and highlight their contributions to their community and beyond.  Buckle up. Let's get PERSONAL.
October 2, 2020