Cedric Harrison, Founder, Support the PORT
Beyond founding Support the Port, to enhance, cultivate and provide a renewed sense of community ownership and excellence, Cedric is the Assistant Director at The Nixon Minority Male Leaders Program Center at CFCC. He is also a freelance writer, public relations expert and professional actor.
Joe Finley, Connected by Cause, Co-Founder of CastleBranch & tekMountain
Prior to CastleBranch Joe was involved in coffee: from managing a cafe to selling beans and espresso machines. He sits on UNCW’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee and Cameron School of Business’s Board of Directors, mentors through Cameron Executive Network and supports local charities.
Anne Brennan, Executive Director, Cameron Art Museum
Brennan became the CAM’s acting director in 2011 after serving as the assistant director, and as the former St. John’s Museum of Art curator and registrar of collections. She earned her M.F.A. from ECU and has been an N.C. Arts Council’s A+ Schools Program fellow since 2007.
Sonya Bennetone-Patrick, Chairperson, National Black Leadership Caucus, New Hanover Chapter
Dedicating her life to fighting for social justice and systemic change, Sonya Bennetone-Patrick serves the National Black Leadership Caucus and NC Black Leadership Caucus in numerous leadership capacities and is the Director of the National Reparations Coalition for the Descendants of the 1898 Massacre.
moderated by Amanda Fitzpatrick, News Anchor, WWAY
WWAY’s Evening Anchor is a 10-year TV news veteran, receiving the Best Evening Newscast AP Award and Best Special Report for Election Night coverage RTDNAC award. Grand marshall, YWCA board member, and “Women in Achievement” nominee, she has also been honored by the NHC NAACP.