Derrick Drakeford, Ph.D. served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill, North Carolina Central University, and Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Derrick holds Ph.D. in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Bachelors in political science from Bethune-Cookman University, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Government. He holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work; and certificates in Proposal Writing and Fundraising for Nonprofits from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana -Purdue University. Derrick received his Ph.D, from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has written seven books: 1)Finding Your Purpose in 15 Minutes,2) Fundraising for Nonprofits What the Bible Says, 3) Starting Your Business from the Unemployment Line, 4) Jada Goes to Pre-School: A Book on Transitions, 5) P5: The Five Secrets to Successful Grant and Bid Proposals, 6) The 2 Laws of Standardized Testing, 7) Inclusion:The Art of Story Listening, and 8) The Purpose Lifestyle
Technology and Faculty Training
Barron J. Damon has been a thought leader in the non-profit sector for over 18 years. Barron is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Webster University. He also completed post graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Business and Public Health and a American Express Leadership Fellow. Barron is a seasoned Entrepreneur and Philanthropist and a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coaching Federation. He is also a Certified Non Profit Consultant and Certified Non-Profit Executive
Research and Faculty Trainer
Dr. Braye is a business owner, university professor, and retired US Army officer. She has a passion for supporting entrepreneurs in creating new business possibilities and opportunities. She holds a BA, Sociology and Theater Arts from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA; MSBA, Business Administration from Boston University in Boston, MA; PhD, Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN; Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation; Certificate, Leadership Education Program from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA; and a Certificate, Executive Coach from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
La-Tasha Best-Gaddy is the Chief Strategist of Infinity Bridges, Inc. (IBI), a North Carolina based consulting and training firm that provides innovative solutions to systemic economic development challenges. La-Tasha has over 20 years of experience in the Accounting, Insurance, Financial Services, and Non-Profit Industry Sectors. She is a Business Counselor with the Small Business & Technology Development Center on the campus of NC Central University where she has obtained her BBA in Finance and her MPA as well.
Lead Technology Consultant/ Mobile App Developer
Charles is a Computer Science graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and holds a Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology from McIntire School of Commerce at UVA. Charles has over 20 years of software development and engineering experience in a variety of development environments and platforms.
Pierre is a visual artist who uses photo, video, and digital editing to bring art to life. Pierre is the owner of Envision photoworks. Pierre is a certificate graduate of the Purpose University Startup Curriculum and launched his business through the mobile app. Pierre served as an intern then joined the team in 2019.
Human Resource Consultant
Andrea Boozer is the owner of Savvy Administrative Professionals a small administrative consulting company in the Philadelphia area. Savvy Administrative Professionals specializes in helping other small business owners complete a wide range of administrative skills to help their companies run more efficiently. Andrea graduated with a Master's in Human Resource Management from Wilmington University and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Chestnut Hill College.
Product Management Intern
Max is a Computer Science Student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Outside of school, he is an iOS Developer and is passionate about great UI/UX design. In his free time, Max travels the world, learns new languages, and plays the saxophone.
Sales Rep Apprentice
Aditya is a Business and Politcal Science student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently focused on entrepreneurship. Outside of class, Aditya is passionate about writing and music, working for the Daily Tar Heel.
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