Join us at Fairfield Inn on November 5th, 2013 for a business after hours networking event.
Register now for the October Luncheon Event! Our Guest Speaker will be Dr. Tony Zeiss of Central Piedmont Community College.
Dr. Zeiss holds a doctorate in community college administration from Nova University, a master’s degree in speech (radio and television), and a bachelor’s degree in speech education from Indiana State University. In 1992, Dr. Zeiss became the third president of Central Piedmont Community College, the largest community college in North Carolina, serving approximately 70,000 students per year. During his tenure, the college has grown from one campus to six and has become recognized as a national leader in Workforce Development. Dr. Zeiss has authored or co-authored several books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and the Civil War. His most recent publications include four books on creating high performance employees, a book on community college leadership, a tribute to John Montgomery Belk, and a novel on the Revolutionary War.
Dr. Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter for companies and colleges on recruiting, developing, and retaining peak performers at the workplace, and on fundraising. He regularly consults on workforce development and resource development.
Dr. Zeiss is past chair of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges, past Board Chair for the League for Innovation, and was the Association of Community College Trustees’ National CEO of the year for 2004-2005.
CPCC was selected as the 2002 Community College of the Year by the National Alliance of Business in 2002-2003.
Dr. Zeiss serves on several local, regional and national boards, including Leadership NC, the Institute for Emerging Issues, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). He is the Chair of the Trail of History and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Action Committee. He frequently serves as a workgroup member for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Dr. Zeiss is the recipient of the 2012 Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award presented by the Urban League on March 23, 2012; the 2012 Jack Callaghan Cornerstone Award presented by Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont on May 24; 2012; the 2012 UNC Charlotte Distinguished Service Award on May 30, 2012; and the 2012 National Leadership Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).
Dr. Zeiss and his wife, Beth, have two sons and two grandchildren.
Close to 90 individuals from the business, faith based, schools, non-profits and city government attended the Alignment SW Charlotte Summit. The round table discussions centered on how to colaborate together to improve our schools.
Check here for progress on this new initiative.
After Summer of Angst, SW Charlotte Steps Up to Support Public Schools
Community Working Together to Coordinate Resources and Make a Difference in Education
WHAT: After a Summer of angst over budget cuts, about 80 professionals from over 50 organizations will be conducting a work session to determine how CMS K-12 schools can work closer with businesses, churches, the City of Charlotte, nonprofits, colleges, and neighborhood associations. The movement is being called Alignment SW Charlotte.
Participants from the community will be organized in 7-8 teams and sit at work tables with principals from elementary, middle, and high schools to determine the most meaningful ways that they can work together during the 2013-2014 school year. Information obtained from a “community assets and needs mapping survey” was used as a “matchmaker” for determining which community partners might best be able to help certain schools.
WHY: To bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Charlotte’s youth has a positive impact on public school success, children’s health, and the success of our community as a whole.
“ We embrace a “cradle to career” focus in finding ways to act together and align interests so more children reach their human potential which will allow communities, neighborhoods and business reach their potential as well,” says Charles Wilkerson, president of the Arrowood Business Association, one of the movement’s keys sponsors.
“We intend to leverage and expand upon the great success that our organization and so many others have had in making a difference at the Olympic Community of Schools — a phenomenal success story since it started seriously collaborating with the Charlotte community through public-private partnerships. We all need to get out of our silos and finds ways to work together with public education.”
WHO: 12 CMS K-12 schools, including the 7 K-8 schools that feed the 5 high schools housed at the Olympic campus, along with significant engagement from the business, faith, nonprofit, and post-secondary communities.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:30 p.m – 3:30 am ET
WHERE: Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church 9401 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28273
About The Olympic Community of Schools
The Olympic Community of Schools consists of five autonomous theme-based high schools housed within Olympic High School campus, and it is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates small school movement. The five schools are: School of Global Studies and Economics; Renaissance School; Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration; School of International Business and Communications Studies; and the School of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science. The Olympic small schools are committed to providing students a high school learning experience that is relevant and engaging. Since converting to a small school operational model seven years ago, EOC test scores have increased by over 65% at Olympic, and the small school campus has been recognized nationally by corporate leaders like Microsoft for their innovation and 21st century focus in better preparing students with vital skills needed for success in school, work, and life.
Don’t miss out on our June luncheon event! With Special Guest speaker Don Crosby of Global Behavior!
Don Crosby, CEO and founder of Global Behavior Companies and talk show host. Don embodies more than 19 years of consulting and training with small, medium and fortune 500 companies in organizational development and behavioral science. His passion has taken Don to create “Sound Behavior” where his show has been broadcasting on Sirius/XM, The Family Talk Channel.
The ABA would like to thank Ronnie Bryant of Charlotte Regional Partnership for being our guest speaker on April 18, 2013. We had a great luncheon!
Be sure to check out the photos below from the luncheon. They include images of the Olympic High School students Science Olympiad Team who gave us a big Thank You at the luncheon!
This was presented at the membership luncheon on April 18, 2013 as a Thank You gift for the support the ABA has given to the school.
Thanks again to Ronnie Bryant for the information shared at the membership luncheon on April 18, 2013.
Ronnie Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM
President & CEO
Charlotte Regional Partnership
As president and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, Ronnie Bryant leads the economic development organization that promotes the 16-county Charlotte USA region as a premier location for businesses considering expansion or relocation. With more than 30 years of technical, managerial and economic development expertise, Bryant is nationally known for his proven track record of establishing and implementing successful economic development programs, with a strong emphasis on existing industry expansion and retention, regionalism and marketing.
Bryant, a certified economic developer (CEcD) since 1991, is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma (OU/EDI) in Norman. While attending OU/EDI, he received the American Economic Development Council’s Robert B. Cassell Leadership Award. He currently serves as the immediate past dean of OU/EDI, a member of the Executive Board and a member of the OU/EDI faculty.
He and his wife, Sandra, have three children – Rarland, Remeka and Ronda.
An Event you don’t want to miss! On March 21st, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 the Arrowood Business Association will hold a Business After Hours Event at The Carolina Boat Club on Lake Wylie. Come and bring your camp chair and enjoy an afternoon of networking. We will be accepting donations at this event for our Educational Outreach Progam. This event is sponsored by Steele Creek Printing & Design and Lenny’s Subs at Whitehall.
Thank You to the Olympic High School Band for our musical entertainment at Palisades Country Club on December 6th, 2012.
Congratulations to Liz Etheredge and Debbie Harris for their outstanding service on the ABA board!
Arrowood Business Association would like to thank Donita Stewart and Southwood Corp for hosting our ABA board meetings this year. Thank You!
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