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. Our Mission

CBI’s mission is to give people and organizations the knowledge, skills, and courage to fight bias, remove barriers to opportunity and build a more equitable and just Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

. Our Vision

CBI envisions a connected community where everyone:

  • Wakes up to discrimination and injustice;

  • Interrupts inequitable systems and structures; and

  • Steps up to champion equal rights, access and opportunity.

Our Core Values

CBI believes these inclusion and equity values make common sense, business sense and moral sense

and we are committed to these ideals for the benefit of this generation and generations to come.

. Inclusion Values

CBI believes the Charlotte Mecklenburg community will be at its best when all individuals and identity groups are valued and treated with respect. Identity groups are composed of individuals who share common characteristics such as race, economic status, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, ethnicity, religious background, or physical ability.

Charlotte Mecklenburg will be inclusive when all individuals and identity groups feel welcomed and are welcomed to participate fully in the political, legal, social and cultural life of this community.

. Equity Values

CBI believes our community will be equitable when all individuals and identity groups have equal rights under the law, access to livelihood, education, healthcare, and other resources and when life outcomes are not predictable on the basis of identity.

CBI recognizes that historical and contemporary power structures have created disproportionate opportunities and barriers, at times over-advantaging some identities and under-advantaging others. We are committed to engaging and transforming individuals and organizations that are knowingly, or unknowingly, perpetuating these inequitable power structures.

About Our Logo

In 2019, as CBI revised its mission and vision, we embraced the opportunity to refresh our logo. The design is now composed of two parts: the crescents and the circle. The crescents signify what we do at the personal, group, and institutional levels that build on one another to effect change. The circle represents unity, inclusion, and strength of the community as a whole.

 

Orange shows enthusiasm, creativity, and determination. It is highly visible and encourages people and organizations to Wake Up to discrimination and injustice. Blue represents loyalty, wisdom, and integrity, and embodies the drive to Interrupt inequitable systems and structures. Green illustrates growth, harmony, and protection, demonstrating how to Step Up to champion equal rights, access, and opportunity.

 

CBI Executive Director, Dianne English says, “the logo is the graphic frame that we hope will energize people and organizations to fight bias, remove barriers to opportunity and build a more equitable and just Charlotte-Mecklenburg.” English worked closely with Board Member, Katherine Mooring, and local Digital Marketing Agency, CGR Creative, to develop CBI’s new brand.

Meet the Team

Janeen Bryant

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Annetta Watkins Foard

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Christi Robinson Lee

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Board of Directors

Cathy Best

strategic hr business partner,
Atrium Health

Jeep Bryant

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
 

Carola Cárdenas, Vice Chair

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer,  Aldersgate, UMRC

Betsy Conway

Community relations director,
LOwe’s companies

Sarah Degnan

LEAD STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT MANAGER,
ESG/SUSTAINABILITY
DUKE ENERGY

Ray Feaster

CLINICAL PHYSICIAN EXECUTIVE, NOVANT HEALTH

Sara Garcès Roselli

Executive director & founder,
revtech labs foundation

Caroline Griffin, Treasurer

PARTNER,
Price Waterhouse Coopers

Claudette Grose

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEAD OF ADVICE & sERVICING DIGITAL STOREFRONT,
tIAA

Byron Hawkins, Immediate Past Chair

THIRD PARTY CYBER ASSURANCE EXECUTIVE, GLOBAL INFORMATION SECURITY, 
BANK OF AMERICA

Joshua Lanning

ATTORNEY, MOORE & VAN ALLEN

Troy Leo

Vice chief of cardiology, sanger heart & vascular institute,
Atrium Health

Rick McDermott, Chair

PRINCIPAL,
McDERMOTT IP LAW

Diana McAfee

senior vice president,
regional hr director,
fifth third bank

Justin Perry

Principal,
Justin Perry Counseling, LLC

Kendel B. Phillips

EVCG Regional consultant, employee volunteerism & charitable giving, social impact & sustainability, 
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Ely Portillo

Assistant DIRECTOR,
UNC-CHARLOTTE URBAN INSTITUTE

Derrick Ramos

ASSISTANT COUNTY MANAGER, MECKLENBURG COUNTY

 

Willie Ratchford

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Sean Robinson

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, LENDING SERVICES EXECUTIVE
US BANK

Osei Sencherey

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & CONTROLLER,
HCM UNLOCKED

Martha Yesowitch

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS LEADER,
CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG LIBRARY

Eugene Young

VP, GLOBAL FUNDING,
WELLS FARGO BANK NA

Sustaining Sponsors