Planning & Development
Clayton, NC ǀ------------ ǀ ------------ ǀ ------------
Event Planning & Development
Versatile, achievement-focused and growth-oriented professional with 20 years of solid experience in developing and streamlining existing business and operations of event planning, development and direction of special conferences and corporate meetings from conception through completion, creating and implementing an effective strategic plan to achieve the sales targets for the variety of industries. Ambitious and charismatic communicator with a keen client needs assessment aptitude holds competency in overseeing facilities as well as details such as decor, catering, entertainment, transportation, location, invitee list, special guests, equipment, promotional material, etc. Well versed in budget planning and development and invigorating network of strong relationships with customers, vendors and suppliers to achieve the best outcomes possible.
Event & Program Development
Marketing Strategy Planning
Logistics Operations Sales Support Leader Relationship Cultivation Consumer Behavior Analysis
Corporate Event Planning Advisory Board Member Customer Service-oriented Hospitality Management
Computer Skills & Multi-tasking Strong Analytical Skills Large-Scale Negotiation Team Capacity Building
Budget Control & Fundraising Training & Coaching Skills Decision-making Effective Communication
Launched and developed the Choice Not Chance All Male Conference, in partnership with Wake County Public School and its Equity Affairs Department to expose and resolve the obstacles for the prosperous future
Managed, coached and mentored the annual giving and event project coordinator; oversaw their production and professional development to achieve a cohesive team and successful events.
Administrated all stages of the event life cycle, from strategic planning, vendor negotiations, staffing, and reconciliation and succeeded to save clients an average of 10% from the overall cost of the event.
Organized the various companies’ international summit, including flights, accommodations, and itineraries for hundreds of attendees and delivered motivational speeches to live audiences in a variety of conferences.
Designed and successfully executed The Parenting on Purpose “Incubator” Workshop in partnership with Wake County Public School System and Clarence E Lightner Y Achievers Program, aim to support and strengthen existing parenting abilities and promote the development of new competencies.
Featured on WRAL Tarheel Talk and WRAL Noon News, Charlotte News & Observer and the Miami Herald to discuss and produce the Choice Not Chance documentary as well as to describe various initiatives that provide support to young African American males in the community.
NC Council for Women and Youth Involvement Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Consultant Apr 2019 – Present
Conducting research, surveys and groups/interviews with members of the DV Commission to assess the pros and cons of possible strategies for elimination of Domestic Violence.
Directing a process of continuous improvement for implementation and development of services and programs to access Domestic Violence by organizing Summit.
Escalating awareness of victimization by facilitating events under the pre-determined budget, defeating barriers and identifying promising strategies for reaching and supporting underserved populations of victims.
Ensuring reliable transportation access (public or private) for individuals with disabilities to minimize transportation-related exclusion or conflict by using Uber/Lyft/Public or Church Vans/mini-buses etc.
Building the capacity of victim service professionals to reach and support un-served or underserved victims (Hispanic, Teens/Adolescents, LGBTQ, Males, and People with Disabilities).
Overcoming communication barriers of Limited English Proficiency with language access services and improving access to effective care for people who have mental health and substance use disorders.
Judy D. Zelnak Family Shelter Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Motivational Guidance Support Mentor for Women Jan 2019 – Present
Modeling and supporting clients and staff in health and wellness activities and with the use of healthy coping skills and fostering an environment that assists constructive feedback on performance.
Orchestrating one-on-one mentoring services outside of program hours to assist the women in developing the personal, emotional, or social skills that impacting their ability to be successful through positive behavior.
Exercising with Mentees to develop a service plan that is based on concrete, measurable, realistic goals, and monitoring the service plan on a regular basis.
Directing Mentees to identify their specific needs and work with them to discover and access resources in the community to meet those needs and building upon their strengths.
Providing ongoing recovery support services to women who are in active addiction or early recovery.
Parenting on Purpose Workshop Raleigh NC
Co-founder Sep 2018 – Present
Designing workshops for parents/caregivers of toddlers to teens and tailoring the presentation for the specific audience and collaborating with the family to enhance plans and services to improve child safety.
Assisting parents in identifying and accessing community services/resources which relate to the family’s needs, and building upon their family’s strengths and implementing positive parenting practices.
Writing, editing and publishing stories to further illustrate parenting knowledge and concepts and engage audience, actively promoting Family Education and Support Services’ mission, vision, and strategic goals.
Demonstrating parenting skills training and individual/family work using goal-oriented treatment plans.
Choice Not Chance Wake Young Men's Conference Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Co-Founder Mar 2016 – Present
Collaborating with the Wake County School System as well as St. Augustine’s University to discuss positive academic outreach initiatives for young men of color and their parents.
Demonstrating attention to detail, organizational strengths and advanced skills in negotiations and cost-cutting strategies to deliver events that consistently exceeding client expectation.
Utilizing digital strategies to raise awareness and drive high levels of attendance and participation by targeted audience and designing a forum to discuss topics related to education, criminal justice, and family dynamics.
Analyzing research to identify new opportunities for bringing about innovation in events and negotiating suitable venues or locations as per the requirement and budgetary constraints of the client.
Coordinating and supervising pre and post-event logistics schedule and led sponsorship fulfillment efforts by communicating with internal management to ensure deliverables.
Accelerating communication with professionals, including venue management, stand designers, caterers, contractors and equipment rentals to ensure the efficient running of an event.
WRAL Raleigh, NC
NBC Programming Coordinator-Sales Operations 2016 – 2018
CBS Programming Coordinator-Sales Operations 1998 – 2015
Coordinated with the linear and digital Lifestyle teams for sales operations, including copy team, log editing team and programming team, provided day-to-day direction and guidance with their digital counterparts.
Played an integral role with Programming and Production to build show format/show times and breaks to maximize inventory and contributed wth Leadership meetings and strategic planning for Sales Operations.
Created an inspiring team environment with open communication culture and effectively managed the development of the team to drive and maximize the sales performance and profitability.
Reviewed sponsor requests for specific dates and times for announcements and recommended alternate dates, times and input information to update log.
Effectively communicated process changes, improvements, and developments to sales, accounting, production, creative services, and news department.
Judah tribe – Fundraiser and Mentor for Children
Helen Wright Center – Community Volunteer for Social Services
Clarence E Lightner Leadership Endowment Fund – Mentor for Children
Fostering Bright Futures Wake Tech Community College
Mentor and Academic Tutor for young adults who aged out of the foster care system
Project CATCH -Community Action Targeting Children who are homeless
Advisory Board Member for Social Services
Choice Not Chance Documentary – Co-Producer for Civil Rights and Social Action
Southeast Raleigh High School – Fundraising Manager for Education
Body of Christ Church – Event Planning Assistant for Economic Empowerment
Choice Not Chance – Co-Creator and Developer of Parenting on Purpose Workshops for Education
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
B.S. Clothing & Textiles
United Way of the Greater Triangle
SPARC Non-Profit Training Board Certification
Building Resilience and the Trauma-Informed Approach: Advocates for Health in Action
Restorative Justice Circle Training: Restorative Practices to Cut School Suspensions
LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
Wake Technical Community College Mar 2019
Pathway to Careers in Social and Human Services
Racial Equity Institute Mar 2019
Racial Equity Training
Restorative Justice Clinic Mar 2019
Advocates for Health in Action Jan 2019
Building Resilience and The Trauma-Informed Approach
Trauma Resource Institute Jan 2019
United Way of the Greater Triangle
SPARC Non Profit Training Board Certification
Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, MS Excel & PowerPoint)