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ASCEND - Leadership & Professional Development Conference

Charlotte, NC • March 23, 2019

Rising to higher positions is not a random consequence of unplanned actions. Let's explore the deliberate planning, communication, and execution required to ascend professionally.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

Microsoft - Charlotte, NC Campus
8055 Microsoft Way
Charlotte, NC 28273

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Ascend. /əˈsend/ v. to go up or higher : to rise to a higher or more powerful position.

Rising to higher positions, scaling your sphere of influence, developing your executive presence; these are not random consequences of unplanned actions. Join us as we explore the deliberate planning, communication, and execution required to ascend professionally.

Ascend 2019 - Charlotte features a session with Attorney Karima Mariama-Arthur, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WordSmithRapport™, a boutique consulting firm specializing in leadership development and organizational performance management. As an expert advisor, she brings more than two decades of comprehensive, blue chip experience in law, business, and academia to the field of human capital asset growth and professional development.

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from these incredible professionals:

Annie Wickham and Lindsay Beyak, Founders of the Shift-Ed Network, a global platform to cultivate connections and education for personal growth.

John Sporing, CEO of, LLC a boutique firm specializing in leadership development, mentoring, and honing your networking skills. John Is also CEO of A Life Well Drunk, a bespoke wine experience company which creates luxury wine experiences around the globe and hosts exclusive tasting and pouring events for corporate and private clients.

Charryse Johnson, speaker, life coach, and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who inspires people to “live well” in mind, body, and spirit. For more than a decade, she has provided counsel, leadership, and training to individuals, families and teams throughout the U.S., France, Ecuador, and China.

Adria Jervay, third-generation publisher of North Carolina’s oldest and largest twice-weekly black-owned newspaper and CEO and founder the Jervay Agency.

Joynicole Martinez, CEO of the Alchemist Agency a management consulting firm specializing in building the capacity of purpose driven executives, organizations, and corporations. 

In addition to these customized learning and training sessions - Unbounded Images will capture and provide a professional headshot for each attendee. VIPs will receive two (2) poses for their use on social and print media.

VIP Tickets also include a private sommelier designed wine and bourbon pairing experience and a 30-minute scheduled professional coaching session.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Free Parking.

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