Mrs. Davis released her first single book “A Faith Greater Than Grief” in August of 2014.  A second book will be released in 2015!

Her Family

  • Married 48 years to her high school sweetheart and classmate – Fred Davis, Jr. 
  • Parents of one daughter – Chef Monica Smith and one son, Sean (deceased)
  • They are grandparents to five beautiful and talented young people
    • Dana (23), Maurice II (MJ) – 17, Morgan – 13, Matthew – 13, and Martin – 8

Jennifer P Davis' professional bio and snapshot

Mrs. Davis is a Human Resource Professional and Generalist with more than forty-five years of experience in corporate, manufacturing, public and private sector organizations.  She is an objective and respected coach, leader, facilitator, and author with a broad base of experience and expertise in business, human resources, workplace issues and relationships.  She is President/CEO of Jennifer P. Davis & Associates, LLC, a minority owned business, which she started in 1997 following her retirement from IBM Charlotte. During her tenure at IBM, Jennifer spent most of her career in executive management positions managing annual budgets of up to forty-three million dollars. In addition to her management experience, Jennifer provided advice and counsel to the Site General Manager on personnel matters affecting a site of more than 3500 employees and 300 managers.

Mrs. Davis is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, Mrs. Davis is the current Director of Discipleship Ministry for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and is the first lay person in the WNCC to hold this position

Jennifer is a much sought after motivational speaker, Mrs. Davis often entertains and inspires her audiences with songs, information, timely advice, and numerous anecdotes regarding her personal and professional experiences.  Mrs. Davis is a talented writer and has written editorial columns for her local newspaper and has co-authored three books with the Professional Woman Network, an international training organization specializing in professional development:   A Woman’s Survival Guide to Overcoming Obstacles, Transition, and Change” was released in August, 2007, Life Skills for African-American Women was released in the spring of 2009, and The Woman’s Handbook for Self-Confidence released in 2010.  

Notable Highlights and Interactions

Notable recognition and service
  • Featured in the June 2009 publication of Black Enterprise Magazine
  • Hosted a weekly radio show, “Shammah Time”, “for women, about women, to uplift women where men are always welcome.”
  • Featured in “Brown in Black and White”, a 2006 documentary developed by award-winning Broadcaster Steve Crump regarding the 1954 Supreme Court decision on the impact of desegregation in schools in Gastonia, NC
  • Produced and developed a video, “One Time” with Tavis Smiley, TV show host, personality, author, and commentator
  • 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year presented by Bank of America and the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce
  • Odyssey of a Woman Award presented by the Charlotte Chapter of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, February, 2006
  • Community Involvement Award presented in May, 2006 by The Gastonia Chapter of Las Amigas, Inc.,
  • Gaston County’s 2006 Business Woman of the Year nominee
  • Omega Citizen of the Year 2006-2007
  • 2011 Martin Luther King Unity Award Gaston County Citizens and Clergy Coalition Award
  • Featured in the September/October 2012 edition of Carolina Women Today magazine

Special Appointments (present)

  • ·         The Gaston County Civil Service Board, a citizens review board for the Gaston County Police Department
  •         The Board of Directors for Gaston Hospice, Inc.
  • ·         Board of Trustees, Gaston College

Special Services 
  • City of Gastonia, All-America City Team Member, 2000
  • President and Board of Directors, Gaston Skills, Inc.
  • Chairperson, Board of Trustees, The Children’s Home, Winston-Salem, NC
  • United Way of Gaston County
  • Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • President and Founding Board of Directors, Diversity Council of the Carolinas
  • Gaston Together Leadership Team
  • Board of Directors, The Woman’s Shelter of Gaston County
  • Board of Directors, American Red Cross, Gastonia Chapter
  • United Methodist Church - Gastonia District
  • United Methodist Church – Western North Carolina Conference
  • Gaston Boys and Girls Club, Board of Directors

Community Driven and Involvements
  • Gaston County Board of Education (served for 12 years)
  • Elected as Gaston County Board of Education Chair (first African-American to serve)
  • ALF (American Leadership Forum) Senior Fellow
  • Written years of editorial columns for her local newspaper

Client Base
  • Aetna, Inc.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
  • City of Mt. Holly, NC
  • City of Gastonia, NC
  • City of Spartanburg, SC
  • Food Lion, LLC
  • ....many others