UNCF Charlotte Exceeds Fundraising Goal at the 16th Annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon

Raising money for HBCUs and deserving area students 


The 16th annual UNCF Charlotte Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon took place Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Westin Charlotte and was a huge success. Close to 600 people, including Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Representative Alma Adams, Shaw University’s president Paulette Dillard and a host of elected officials came out to raise money for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the students that attend them.

This year’s Maya Angelou Women Who Lead honorees included: Dorothy Counts Scoggins, retired civic leader/civil rights activist; Regina Heyward, senior vice president head of supplier diversity, Wells Fargo & Co.; Tiffani Teachey, senior chemical process/systems engineer, Westinghouse Electric Company; Kelly Davis, executive director for the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation; and Good Friends Charlotte.

The day was filled with something for everyone, beginning with the Morning Glory Affair, a networking event that showcased 14 local businesses. Another highlight of the event was the Hatitude competition, where ladies showcased their fabulous hats. Tylar Phillips, Miss UNCF Wiley University, brought greetings and actress/national recording artist Maria Howell serenaded the crowd during lunch. Shirley Hughes, chair of the board of trustees for Johnson C. Smith, gave a powerful keynote address.

Thanks to the community’s support, including lead sponsor Wells Fargo and the amazing committee co-chairs and volunteers, the annual event exceeded its fundraising goal.

View images of the MAWWL luncheon at UNCF.org/Charlotte



About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF.