Jennifer Pharr Davis is a Human Resource Professional and Generalist with several decades of experience in corporate, manufacturing, as well as public and private sector organizations. She is a respected coach, leader, facilitator, and author with a broad base of experience and expertise in business, human resources, workplace issues and relationships.
Since her retirement from IBM in 1993, Mrs. Davis has served as a consultant and facilitator for a number of police departments, local governments, as well as large and small corporations across the United States, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her commitment to her community and the well being of others.
Mrs. Davis served with the Gaston County Board of Education for 12 years, and was the first African-American to chair the Board in 2002. She is also the former Director of Discipleship Ministry for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, the first lay person in the WNCC to hold this position. She has served on numerous other community boards, including the Civil Service Board for the Gaston County Police Department and the Gaston College Board of Trustees. A certified Diversity Consultant and a certified Five Factor Personality Assessment Consultant, Mrs. Davis is also a motivational speaker and co-author of three books.
A graduate of Highland High School in Gastonia, North Carolina, Mrs. Davis continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in English.
R. Dwayne Burks is a dynamic, engaging, entertaining speaker with an uncanny knack for finding common ground among seemingly unconnected groups of people. Dwayne has more than 25 years of relational experience spanning three continents and has a passion for assisting non-profit organizations. He currently oversees the administration of The Gaston Gateway.
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