State of Girls: A Conversation of
We engaged the Charlotte Metro Area in an open
dialogue on ‘The State of Girls’ in our community. This discussion was
a community extension of the 'Conversation Of Consequence' speaker
series, followed by a reception to continue the conversations
Our amazing panel!
• Braxton Winston:
Charlotte City Council At-Large
• Kelly Finley: UNC Charlotte
Lecturer & Girls Rock Founder
• Dimple AjmeraL Charlotte
City Council At-Large
• Hannah Hasan - Charlotte Activist &
A Conversation with Major Mike Campagna
Campagna has served as a police officer since 1992, and is currently a
Major with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). Major
Campagna was born and raised in Charlotte, where he received his
undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte before joining the CMPD. During his career, Mike
has had a variety of assignments including command level positions in
Patrol, Training, Criminal Investigations, Vice/Gang, and Communications/911.
While serving as part of the Command Staff at CMPD, Major Campagna
received his Master's of Education degree in Training and Development
from North Carolina State University. Mike has received a number of
accolades over the last 25 years including awards for Excellence in
Policing and Community Relations. He was also recognized as a Charlottean
of the Year by Charlotte Magazine for his outstanding service to
the community and the police departments during the protests that
occurred in the wake of the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Read more
about his on-going work in the community.
Major Campagna will facilitate an interactive conversation about:
- The danger of sterotypes portrayed in the community and on
- Misinformation and misunderstanding about what
police officers do or how things work -- how difficult it is to be a
police officer and what happens when your life is on the line
- CMPD's Constructive
Conversation Team , whose mission is to listen first, build a
connection with people and to answer questions during escalated
A Conversation with Kathleen Burkinshaw
Burkinshaw, author of The Last Cherry Blossom, resides in
Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom to a daughter in college, and Girl
Scout alumna! Based loosely on her mother's first-hand experience
surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, The Last Cherry
Blossom offers young readers insight into how children lived
during the war, while also introducing them to Japanese culture.
She has carried her mother’s story her whole life and feels
privileged to now share it with the world.
Kathleen will facilitate an interactive conversation about:
- The immense destruction that nuclear weapons cause and why
they should never be used again
- Often times, the people we
think are our "enemy" are not always so different from
- Guided, hands-on folding of oragami cranes that
will be sent to the Hiroshima Peace Museum
A Conversation with Kayla Babson
graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2010 with a degree in
Psychology. Upon graduation, she moved to California where she spent 5
years working directly with teens and young women in residential care
for a variety issues. Her experience equips her to address the needs
in prevention as well as cultivate true healing with direct services
as the Program Director for Present Age Ministries.
Present Age Ministries is committed to combating the sexual abuse,
exploitation and trafficking of teen girls. They equip communities to
identify at-risk teen girls through prevention and awareness education
and to support survivors through holistic, individualized care.
Through her work with Present Age Ministires and beyond, Kayla is
driven to see girls be the young women who make decisions that change
the world we currently live in.
Kayla will facilitate an interactive conversation about:
- How to apply risk reduction behavior to protect yourself and
- Understanding the importance of personal
- Learning to identify healthy and
Did you know?
- There are more than 100,000 – 300,000 teenage victims of
sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking EACH YEAR.
- NC is
one of the top 10 states in the United States for trafficking.
- Charlotte is the #1 city in North Carolina.
- 13 years is
the average age of a victim.
- 7 years is the average life
expectancy upon entry into trafficking.
- Only 2% of victims
are currently rescued.
There are less than 600 beds available for females who have suffered
this horrific abuse in entire US.
A Conversation with Laura Clark
Laura Clark re-joined
United Way of Central Carolinas in December 2016, after starting her
career there in 2004. In her current role as Chief Impact Officer she
develops and implements the organization’s impact and investment
strategies to achieve community level results. Prior to this role, she
served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance West
Community Initiative where she led a comprehensive effort to
revitalize a neighborhood in west Charlotte. The $90M effort included
a simultaneous focus on mixed-income housing, cradle-to-career
education options, and supportive services.
In 2013, Laura was named one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential
Women by The Mecklenburg Times. In 2015, she received the 40 Under 40
award from the Charlotte Business Journal. She has been engaged with a
variety of other civic committees and non-profit boards, including the
YMCA Community Development Committee and the Charlotte Family Housing
Board of Directors. She has previously served as an adjunct faculty
member at Queens University, where she taught courses in the Human
& Community Services Department. A native of Charlotte, she is
married and has two rescue dogs.
Laura facilitated an interactive conversation about:
- What lead to Charlotte's ranking as 50th out of 50 big cities
for economic mobility in a 2014 Harvard-Cal Berkeley study (if you
are born poor, you have a worse chance of escaping that poverty
growing up in Charlotte than any other sizable city in America)
Leading On Opportunity -- The Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity
Task Force Report and what it all means
- How you can
create change in Charlotte
View pictures of the Conversation of Consequence
with Laura Clark.
Selected as a 2016 Charlottean
of the Year, Toussaint Romain has a familiar face to those who
watched news coverage of Charlotte protests. Romain kicked off our
Conversations of Consequence in January with a conversation about need
for leadership and what that means for each individual; courage to do
what is necessary; and race and why it’s a problem
View a recording of the
conversation and check out photos from the
A Converstation with Joanne Spataro
Joanne Spataro is a
copywriter and humorist whose clients are in professional services
(legal, medical and data analytics), retail and pop culture. Her focus
is on telling your story your way. In addition to copywriting,
Joanne’s critical, refreshing perspective on social issues and pop
culture can be seen in Vice, Bustle, The Establishment and The
Huffington Post. She’s been a regular co-host at Charlotte Pride for
three years, attracting over 125,000 people in 2016. She also appears
on WCCB Edge weeknights to spin the biggest political and pop culture
news of the day. In her spare time, Joanne loves eating nachos and
dancing to disco music.
Joanne facilitated an interactive conversation about writing as a
mean to tell our stories; organizing our feelings through the written
word; and how writing can help us understand our own world.
A Conversation with Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Watson Roberts was raised in Charlotte and she and her husband,
Manley, are raising their two children here. A star athlete, Jennifer
graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and went on to graduate
from UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship. She was a well-known
volleyball player with a mean spike at the net. She has carried that
love of team sports and sportsmanship with her, sponsoring her annual
Jennifer Roberts Volleyball Festival that benefits local women’s groups.
Jennifer earned two Masters Degrees in international affairs from
Johns Hopkins University and the University of Toronto. Jennifer
worked as a diplomat for 4 years with the US Department of State,
serving in the Dominican Republic as a consular officer and as a
political officer on the Mexico Desk before returning to Charlotte.
During her years in Charlotte, Roberts has been Director of the
Mayor’s International Cabinet, a lending officer in International
Corporate Banking at First Union, and executive director of the
Charlotte World Affairs Council.
Jennifer is proud of what she was able to accomplish in Charlotte as
Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission: during the worst
economic times of recent history she helped create 5,000 new jobs,
balance the county budget and preserve our AAA credit rating while
continuing to provide the quality of services that Charlotte families
have come to expect. As Mayor of Charlotte, Jennifer continues to use
her experience as a business leader and community advocate to fight
every day to create good jobs, strengthen our schools and expand
opportunities so that all Charlotte families can succeed.
Mayor Roberts facilitated an interactive conversation about women in
politics, female change makers, key issues facing Charlotte families.
View a recording of the conversation and check out photos from the
A Converstation with Sara Nason
Sara Nason, Founder and
CEO of ResistX, is a Junior at
New York University pursuing an Individualized Concentration at the
Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Political Engagement and
Attachment Theory. She's a former Field Organizer for the Lasher for
State Senate campaign, a former Executive Board member of the College
Democrats at NYU, and on the Editorial Board of The Literacy Review.
Sara hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and is a Girl Scout,
Hornets' Nest Council alumna! She has worked as a student activist,
collaborating with education systems in Cape Town, Chicago, Charlotte,
and New York -- spending time volunteering with both local non-profits
and political campaigns. Her passions are in student advocacy on
campus and promoting art as a means of resistance. Sara enjoys
spending time outdoors and with animals and reading through her pile
of books in her free time.
Sara facilitated an interactive conversation about:
• Why speaking up matters
• How to create your own group for
• Tools we ALL have to make our voices louder
View a recording of the conversation.
A Converstation (and munching tour in East Charlotte) with
Dr. Tom Hanchett is a community historian
in Charlotte, consulting with community groups and with Levine Museum
of the New South. Previously he served as Staff Historian for 16 years
at Levine Museum where he curated the permanent exhibition Cotton
Fields to Skyscrapers (named best in the Southeast by the South East
Museums Conference), and a string of national-award-winning temporary
exhibitions including COURAGE about the Carolina roots of the Brown v
Board Civil Rights case.
Tom’s writings range on urban history and Southern culture: a book
about Charlotte’s neighborhoods, Sorting Out the New South City: Race,
Class & Urban Development in Charlotte (UNC Press); an essay
exploring the history of US shopping malls; a monthly newspaper column
Food From Home; and more. Educated at Cornell University, University
of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill, he plays fiddle.
Intersted in learning more about Tom or the international food scene
in Charlotte? Check out the stories below:
Charlotteans of the Year 2015:
Tom Hanchett, Keeper of
Meet Tom Hanchett, Charlotte’s
History South, Food From Home
Tom facilitated an interactive conversation about food from around
the globe; Charlotte’s international food scene; and how food can
bring people together.
Check out photos from the day!
A Conversation with Kwain Bryant
Kwain Bryant brings over 15 years of
experience in a variety of topics related to empowering youth to reach
their full potential. His approach to working with young people is
underscored by a belief in the value that every individual and family
can take an active role in shaping their lives and creating their
In his current role, Kwain leads the Career Leadership Academy for
Youth (CLAY) program for students who are enrolled in high school. The
CLAY program offers students academic support and coaching, leadership
development, and career exploration.
Kwain also holds several leadership positions with community
organizations, including service as a board member of KIPP Charlotte
Preparatory School, advisory board member of the Male Involvement
Program sponsored by the Mecklenburg County Health Department, and
active member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity alumni chapter.
Before joining Goodwill, Kwain held a broad range of leadership,
training and consulting roles, including working with Teen Health
Connection as a Community Health Educator and running his own business
Kwain will facilitate an interactive conversation about:
- Finding your purpose
- Being persistent and overcoming
failure to achieve success
- Using empowerment to gain
knowledge, abilities, and skills to make a difference in your life
and the life of others
Miss this conversation? View our Facebook
Live to learn more.
A Conversation with Kimberly Mohns Roberts
Mohns Roberts’ works are focused on building children’s self-esteem
and self-worth. A native of the Garden State, Kimberly grew up with
her parents and three siblings. As a teenager, Kimberly struggled with
various bouts of depression and anxiety, which eventually led to an
attempt at taking her own life. Through a combination of
self-determination and family support, Kimberly slowly overcame her
emotional difficulties and went on to a successful business career.
After several years of corporate life, Kimberly knew she wanted
more out of her life. She often reflected on her personal experiences
and believed a life spent making public her triumph over anxiety and
depression would have the most positive impact on the next generation.
Her book, Just Perfect, seeks to help young girls establish a positive
view of themselves in a world that continually highlights flaws.
Through both her literary works and public advocacy, Kimberly seeks to
empower the younger generation so fewer kids have the same experience
See more about Kimberly here:
Promotes Positive Self Image
Mohns Roberts is Just Perfect
- This Ballerina and
Her Mother Have a Life Lesson to Share
Kimberly facilitated an interactive conversation about:
- How to talk about suicide and help others (September is
National Suicide Prevention Month)
- How to drown out
negativity and love yourself just the way you are (because you are
- Using your personal experiences and passions to get
more out of life
Check out the live recording!
A Conversation with Tonya Jameson
Storyteller. Outdoor enthusiast. Teacher. Student. Multi-media
journalist. Backpacker. Motorcyclist. Traveler. National Park
Adventurer. Girl Scout Alumna!!
And most recently, at the center of an investigation after being
held at gun point by a police officer in Knoxville, TN while trying to
change the license plate on a used car she purchased.
You can read more about her encounter via the stories below:
Tonya will facilitate an interactive conversation about:
- Surviving an encounter with the police
- What you can
do to help create change
Check out the live recording!
Educating girls can change the world. Learn
how you can make a difference as Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council
and the Kappa Deltas at Queens University of Charlotte and the
University of North Carolina - Charlotte present Girl Rising. Around
the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do
not. And yet, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty
in one generation. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film that has
already been seen by millions. It's also a movement for girls'
education that we are proud to support. Girl Rising is supporting
thousands of events around the world. Your attendance will send a
message: Investing in girls is not just right, it's smart. Educate
girls. Change the world.
Join us after the film for a Conversation of Consequence to talk
about education of girls locally and around the world. The
conversation will be moderated by Frenchie Brown from Bank of America
and panelists include Ann Clark, Loretta Evivie, and Tosha Arriola.