UNCF Honored Local “She-roes” at 15th Anniversary Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon

CHARLOTTE, NC—More than $140,000 was raised for deserving young scholars at the 2017 UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 23. More than 400 business, civic, and education leaders, including Charlotte’s mayor, The Honorable Jennifer Roberts; actors Julian Brittano, of OWN’s network series “Greenleaf,” and Maria Howell, of the award-winning movie “Hidden Figures” attended the 15th annual event at the Westin Charlotte.

“The commitment of Mayor Roberts to UNCF’s mission is commendable,” said Therese Badon, UNCF vice president. “The success of our young people relies heavily on our local partnerships and pays dividends when they become future leaders in our communities.”

This year’s Maya Angelou Women Who Lead honorees included the Honorable Yvonne Mims Evans, North Carolina superior court judge; Carlenia Ivory, city council member, family engagement specialist and community advocate; Jada S. Grandy-Mock, SVP, CRA strategies director south region, Fifth Third Bank; Moira Quinn, COO and SVP of Communications Charlotte Center City Partners; Tanya Blackmon, EVP and chief diversity and inclusion officer, Novant Health; and Toni L. Freeman, EVP Arts & Science Council. These local “She-roes” were honored for exemplifying outstanding leadership in their communities, paving the way for the next generation of leaders.

The event, emceed by Cherise Belnavis Johnson, featured a crowd favorite HATitude and Bow Tie competition, shopping, networking and much more. Proceeds from the event will provide necessary resources to North Carolina students and UNCF-member institutions in North Carolina: Bennett College, Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University and Shaw University.

With the support of long time sponsors, Wells Fargo and Novant Health, this year’s event was a huge success.

To view images from the luncheon, please visit: 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. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. 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.