alumni updates

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Vanessa Taylor

Johnson & Wales - 2016 | Sports/Entertainment/Event
St. Thomas - 2018 | MBA in Sports Administration

Current Team: Florida Panthers and bdglobal sports
Role: Florida Panthers: Panther Patrol (brand ambassador). bdglobal sports:  work sporting events across the us and beyond.

Because of the winning edge Vanessa has had the opportunity to work the Summer and winter x games the last 3 years.

“It helped build a stronger network in my career path”
— Vanessa T. | 2015-2016 Game Changer
 
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ti'tiannya smith

Johnson C. Smith - 2016 | B.S. Sport Management

Current Team: Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation
Role: Recreation Assistant. She is in charge of reserving all the athletic fields in the north and central region in Mecklenburg County.

“The Winning Edge helped me gain the confidence I was lacking. Going into the program I was nervous when I came to public speaking. Now I feel more confident when speaking and dealing with large groups of people.”
— Ti'Tiannya S. | 2015-2016 Game Changer
 
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morgan hasty

Johnson C. Smith - 2017 | B.S. Sport Management

Recognition: 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Nominee

Current Team: Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation
Role: Recreation Assistant

“The Winning Edge helped me network and it provided me with opportunities to become more efficient in written and verbal communication.”
— Morgan H. | 2015-2016 Game Changer
 
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darius murray

Johnson C. Smith - 2017 | B.S. Sport Management
University of Michigan - 2018 | M.A. Sport Management

Current Team: University of Michigan Athletics - Intern
Role: Operations Assistant assisting on events for hockey, baseball and softball.

“Public Speaking, and understanding that I can compete with the best even though I’m coming from a much smaller university and also an HBCU. It’s about having that mind set that I will stand out either way because of my skin and to always put my best foot forward and handle my business because people are watching.”
— Darius M. | 2016-2017 Game Changer
 

Lawrence bell

Queens University - 2016 | B.S. Sport Management

Current Team: Octagon - Intern
Role: Event Marketing

Like any other sports show, LB discusses football & basketball 90% of the time. However, he assures you, the remaining 10% is as diverse as it gets! Providing the opinions you need and not the bias you want, LB debates the world of sports with special guests and callers from home.

LB, Let’s Talk” will premiere Saturday, October 7 exclusively on the anchor app.

“It provided me with an amazing network of professionals and peers who only seek to help the next person. Having gone through the program, I gained a lot of insight as to how I should plan for my future. I’m very appreciative for the Winning Edge experience.”
— Lawrence B. | 2015-2016 Game Changer
 
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Diamond Smith

Johnson & Wales - 2016 | Sports/Entertainment/Event
Western Carolina University - 2017 | M.A. Sports Management

Current Team: Charlotte Hornets - Part-Time
Role: Sales Associate

“WE helped me come out of my shell, and encouraged me to become more aggressive in my professional life, especially as a young professional starting out. Thanks to WE, I have had numerous opportunities to volunteer, network, and gain employment for different entities within the sports/entertainment industry.”
— Diamond S. | 2015-2016 Game Changer
 
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Khadijah Segura

Johnson C. Smith - 2016 | B.S. Sport Management

Current Team: Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation
Role: Recreation Specialist. 

The Winning Edge provided opportunities for me to create and build relationship within the sport agent field. Provided resources and some connections and exposure within the sport industry.
— Khadijah S. | 2015 - 2016 Game Changer

Former Game Changers

Dija Cobb Johnson C. Smith | '17

Dija Cobb
Johnson C. Smith | '17

Victoria lopez Johnson C. Smith | '17

Victoria lopez
Johnson C. Smith | '17

Najee Daniels Johnson C. Smith | '16

Najee Daniels
Johnson C. Smith | '16

Mesha O'neal Tennessee | '17

Mesha O'neal
Tennessee | '17

Gracyn doctor Johnson C. Smith | '16

Gracyn doctor
Johnson C. Smith | '16

Terrence Reddick Johnson C. Smith | '17

Terrence Reddick
Johnson C. Smith | '17

Erin Hendricks GA Southern | '15

Erin Hendricks
GA Southern | '15

Darrell Sawyer Johnson C. Smith | '16

Darrell Sawyer
Johnson C. Smith | '16


Mentors

Imani Clenance Carolina Panthers*

Imani Clenance
Carolina Panthers*

Ron Chase Charlotte Hornets

Ron Chase
Charlotte Hornets

Gerard Littlejohn Steve Smith FOundation

Gerard Littlejohn
Steve Smith FOundation

Robert Ringer ESPN

Robert Ringer
ESPN

DeAndrae Watson Octagon

DeAndrae Watson
Octagon

Rodney Blackstock Sports Agent

Rodney Blackstock
Sports Agent

Philip Norvell Charlotte Knights*

Philip Norvell
Charlotte Knights*

Quintin Wash-Pierre Charlotte Hornets

Quintin Wash-Pierre
Charlotte Hornets

*position at time of mentorship


Board Members

Felecia Hall Allen, Felecia Hall Allen & Associates

Suzette Taylor, Certified Public Accountant  

Charle wend, TPG Sports

former board members

Drew Rutherford, Tailgate Tennessee

Acie Wyatt, ESPN