I started my business 19 years ago on the unemployment line. My commitment is that we will always provide the highest level "community-minded" consulting
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 eight 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
Amanda has been the Executive Assistant to CEO for over a year now. She has been an EA for over 10 years now and is passionate about her work.
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.
Daniel Holt is a marketing and communications expert with 20 years of experience developing and executing strategic and innovative coalitions, managing crises, and raising organizational profiles at the highest levels of the federal, campaign, non-profit, and private sectors. He has served in five presidential appointments across two White House administrations, directing teams in high-stakes environments across the U.S. and around the world. He is an expert communicator and negotiator who believes that creativity, flexibility, and personal connection are tantamount to solving organizational challenges, and that most problems in business and in life can be solved by connecting the right people.
Hanna Magan is a sophomore at Loyola Maryland and studying Business Economics. She hopes to pursue a career in finance or support non-profit groups. She enjoys helping out her local community, whether it be volunteering at organizations or promoting causes such as Habitat for Humanity or her local library, Hanna hopes to help support her home country of Somaliland in the future.
Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, Zachary grew up in Morganton, North Carolina and is a Senior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Biology. He intends on entering the field of consulting upon graduation in the Fall. He has extensive internship experience with Vector Marketing and Cutco where he oversaw the daily office operations in Raleigh, North Carolina and in 2021 his office produced over $2M in sales, breaking the previous record of $1.8M for the twenty-five year old sales organization.
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