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  • Koren Townsend

Raleigh-Wake Teens Host Tech & Connect Summit

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

The Tech and Connect was first envisioned during a philanthropy presentation to the teens by Raleigh-Wake mom, Ronda Moore. The teens brainstormed to create an event that would generate funds and be a success for the chapter. Chaz Crosby, Ellis Woodyard, and Adam Clark developed an idea of hosting a summit for teens interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The trio proposed a panel discussion to include local technology and communication professionals whose businesses connected to STEM areas. The panel discussion would be followed by a teen mixer.

​After much planning, on March 17th, the Raleigh-Wake Teens hosted the 2018 Tech and Connect Summit at Shaw University. The event kicked off with an inspiring message from Robert Hartsfield, CEO for SpokeHub. After his enlightening speech, the panel session began. Teens were able to ask questions from the dynamic group and receive insight on many things related to STEM.

The other panelists were:

Taylor Shaw - Social Media and Analytics Editor from The News and Observer

Xavier Montgomery-Lee - A Strategic Sourcing Buyer for IBM

Kelly Lumpkin - CEO and Director of Business Development for Alternate Access

Andrew Welburn – The Welburn Organization (Owners of nine McDonald’s Restaurants)

SpokeHub was  the presenting sponsor and the gold sponsor was The Welburn Organization. Alternate Access and Gym Guys were our bronze business sponsors. An individual chapter sponsor at the silver level was Ronda Moore. Chapter member sponsors at the bronze level were: Dominque Brown, Joanne Pierce and Beverly Morgan.

Other community partners included: IBM, MetLife-College Tech, the News &Observer, the North Carolina Museum of Life & Science. Shaw University’s Division of Communications & Arts and the Experiential Learning & Career Development Center also partnered with the Teen Group. Food trucks were provided by Jay’s Italian Ice and Oak City Fish & Chips.

Foundation Chair Meagan Kelly said “Overall, the event went well for the first year, and the committee learned ways to make the Summit better for future years if it is to become a signature event”.

In addition to Crosby, Woodyard, and Clark, Meagan Kelly, Maya Kelly, and Marcus Hughes-Oliver helped to plan the event. This event would not have been possible without the help of teen advisors Tijuana Crosby and Monica Pigues. Teen moms Shirley Kelly, Vanessa Clark, Pam Woodyard, and Jackie Hughes-Oliver were also instrumental in making the event a huge success.

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