Friday, April 8, 2011

Welcome BlackGivesBack Charlotte!

Meet our newest contributor, Valaida Fullwood, representing Charlotte, NC!

Described an “idea whisperer,” Valaida brings a mix of unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer, creative consultant and project strategist. Her client base ranges widely and centers on social innovation in arts & culture, education and philanthropy.

A born-and-bred North Carolinian, Valaida has hometown roots in Morganton and is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in International Studies with a focus in Economics. For nearly a decade, she managed international economic development projects for major corporations, living and working overseas prior to establishing a Charlotte-based consulting practice.

Valaida’s longtime interest is bridging relationships and understanding across culture, race and nationality, which have inspired her to travel to more than 20 countries, four continents and counting. Closer to home, she organizes communication, events and projects for nonprofits and corporations. She also enjoys philanthropic involvement with Charlotte ViewPoint, Community Investment Network, On Q Productions and Wesley Heights Community Association and serves on the organizing committees of innovative forums, Pecha Kucha and TEDxCharlotte.

She is a founding member of Charlotte’s New Generation of African American Philanthropists — a giving circle that gives back. In collaboration with her giving circle and photographer Charles W. Thomas, Jr., Valaida recently completed work on a photographic coffee table book, profiling of stories of giving among African Americans. The book, Giving Back, is set for release in fall 2011.

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Read Valaida's previous articles HERE and HERE.