2020 Virtual Stakeholders Breakfast

2020 Stakeholders Breakfast

2020 Stakeholders Breakfast

Thanks for joining us at this year’s virtual Stakeholders Breakfast.


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Friday, December 4 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am


We responded to what the fault lines in our community and country revealed to us in 2020. We heard from local and national voices, including a special message from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof.

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Program Agenda


Voices of CBI

Byron Hawkins, Rick McDermott & Dianne English


  • James E. Ford & Ely Portillo
  • Bishop Tonyia Rawls
  • Nicholas Kristof


  • Hannah Hasan
  • Voices from Leaders Under 40
  • Bishop Claude Alexander

Conversation & Connection

Byron Hawkins & Rick McDermott

“Fault Lines”, UltimaNota

2020 Speakers

James E. Ford

James E. Ford is an award-winning educator and consultant on issues of equity in education. He is Principal Consultant at Filling the Gap Educational Consultants, LLC. and the Executive Director of the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED). He was appointed by Gov. Cooper in 2018 to serve as a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education, representing the Southwest Region. In 2014-15 he was North Carolina Teacher of the Year and the representative for 95,000 public school teachers throughout the state. He considers his work an extension of his greater life-calling. He is an activist, writer, minister, husband and father.

Ely Portillo

Ely Portillo has lived in Charlotte for over a decade. From 2009 - 2019, he was a reporter at the Charlotte Observer, primarily covering business, real estate and local politics. He is now Assistant Director at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. A Washington, D.C.-area native, Ely holds a degree in political science from Harvard University. He and his wife, Caroline, live in south Charlotte with their children, ages 2 and not-yet-1.

Bishop Tonyia Rawls

Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls is a national faith leader and social justice activist who has focused the majority of her work in the Southeastern United States fighting oppression and discrimination. In 2000, Bishop Rawls founded Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte and in April 2008, was consecrated as one of the first women Bishops in the Los Angeles-based Unity Fellowship Church Movement’s history. In 2014 she founded Sacred Souls Community Church, a diverse congregation of progressive Christians in Charlotte. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ). Founded in 2009, they work intersectionally through their programs that support the trans community, people of color, people of low wealth, youth and sexual minorities. She is also one of the leaders of the NC Moral Monday Movement which was created by Rev. Dr. William Barber.

Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with first-class honors. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 140 countries, plus all 50 states, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island.

In 1990 Mr. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for commentary for what the judges called ``his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.`` He has also won other prizes including the George Polk Award, the Overseas Press Club award, the Michael Kelly award, the Online News Association award and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award.

Hannah Hasan

Hannah Hasan is an award-winning, powerhouse speaker and sharer of stories. She is a nationally sought after spoken-word poet and storyteller. Hannah uses poetry, public speaking, writing, and other means of storytelling to create change, build bridges of connection, and shed light on some of the most pressing social issues of our time.

Hannah writes and performs commissioned poetry, leads story sharing master classes, and is a highly sought after public speaker. With her sister Shardae, she uses her storytelling agency Epoch Tribe to plan and execute events that are centered around using the art of spoken storytelling to educate, engage, and provide healing for groups and communities.

Bishop Claude Alexander

Bishop Claude Alexander has served as the Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past 29 years. A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, he has consistently been listed among the most influential persons in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bishop Alexander has worked with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues. Over the years, he has served as a board member of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, United Way, the Arts and Science Council, the N.A.A.C.P. Educational Committee, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, and The Community Building Initiative. Currently, he serves on the boards of Charlotte Center City Partners, Christianity Today, Mission America Coalition, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Movement.Org. He is the Chair of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Second-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors.

Bishop Alexander is committed to his family above all else. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander and is the proud father of two daughters, Camryn Rene and Carsyn Richelle.

Program Materials

Stay engaged by downloading the 2020 Stakeholders Breakfast agenda, doodle page, and conversation card.

Exploring Fault Lines

James Ford and Ely Portillo, The Racial Wealth Gap Report

Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist

Leaders Under 40

Bishop Tonyia Rawls, The Freedom Center for Social Justice

Hannah Hasan, Spoken Word Storyteller

UltimaNota, World Premiere- “Fault Lines”

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