Access Charlotte Launches To Create A Network Of That City’s Black Business Leaders

April 8, 2013  |  

Charlotte has a new group aiming to bring together the city’s local minority business leaders: Access Charlotte. The organization’s website says, “It is a transformative organization facilitating access to some of the most accomplished, talented, respected and well-known business people in the region. These are business leaders who are personally committed to building a pipeline of the region’s next generation of senior level executives.”

The group counts among its leaders Bridget-Anne Hampden, the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid for the U.S. Department of Education; Claudette Hampton,’s SVP of human resources and administration; and Debra Plousha-Moore, chief HR officer and EVP at Carolinas HealthCare System.

The Charlotte Observer recently attended an Access Charlotte event in which Brett Carter, chief distribution officer and SVP for Duke Energy (one of the group’s partners) and Michael Jones, chief merchandising officer for Lowe’s Home Improvement talked about career advancement. The thinking behind the group: “Why not work collectively, they thought, to provide access to information, advice and business relationships?” the story says.

Besides providing opportunities for regional black business leaders to better get to know one another, the group strives to “build economic power and wealth within the black community,” but to also keep these talented and high-ranking executives in Charlotte.

We’ve been hearing about how Charlotte is becoming more and more of a business mecca. Anyone in the Charlotte area care to talk about the business climate in that area? The comments section is open.

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