Dr. Eric Cunningham (Dr. “C”) is the current Superintendent of Halifax County Schools. He has dedicated his entire career to supporting and improving the lives of not just children in schools, but communities in which they live. Eric L. Cunningham is from Birmingham, Alabama, and relocated to Virginia in his early adolescent years. He received his B.S. and M.A in Counseling from Liberty University and his doctorate in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. Prior to his appointment as Superintendent in 2016, he served as Associate Superintendent for Administration and Operations for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools in North Carolina. Additionally he served as Assistant Superintendent for Administration in Caroline County Public Schools in Virginia and as Director of Human Resources for Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is the author of Starting from the Bottom, published in January 2019.
Moderator: Brenda Greene is the author of six books and a former editor at Whitney Communications, Working Woman magazine and the North Jersey Herald & News. She is coauthor of The Web 2.0 Job Finder and the author of both editions of Get the Interview Every Time: Proven Resume and Cover Letter Strategies from Fortune 500 Hiring Professionals and You've Got the Interview ... Now What? She coauthored America's Girl: The Incredible Story of How Swimmer Gertrude Ederle Changed the Nation, which won the International Swimming Hall of Fame 2010 Buck Dawson award. She is also the coauthor of both editions of The Business Style Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2002 and 2012). Her most recent book, coauthored with Sabina Horton, is The 10 Commandments of Being a Decent In-Law (an Amazon eBook). Greene has been interviewed by journalists at leading publications and radio stations, including Forbes, USA Today, Bloomberg and CNNMoney.com.
Drew Becker is a writing coach who worked with first-time and published authors and business people to help with writing through his publishing company, Realization Press. Realization Press is 2 ½ years old and had published 20+ books, including a best seller. The focus of those books are Business, Health and Healing and Professional Athletes as well as limited fiction.
In his latest book, The Joyful Brand: Personal Branding for Authors, Speakers and the Rest of Us, Drew reveals how to create a powerful personal brand. This type of branding occurs from the inside out and so begins with your purpose and passion. This allows you to be distinct, notable and authentic. The book is based on the course Drew began working on in 2005. He will present a small exercise to help you begin crafting your personal brand.
Deborah began her writing career in 1985 as a columnist and feature writer for various newspapers in North Carolina, including the Rocky Mount Telegram, the Carteret News-Times, and the Mountain Times in Boone. However, in 2006, after moving back to the Raleigh area with her husband to work for the Methodist Home for Children, and completing her licensure in marriage and family, she began writing self-help books on romance and marriage, including “Stupid About Men:Ten Rules for Getting Romance Right” for Simon and Schuster. This led to dozens of speaking engagements, including over fifty radio and television interviews, and the opportunity to serve as a relationship consultant for numerous online publications such as AOL Online, as well as contributing to several feature articles in Cosmopolitan Magazine.
In 2005, troubled by the numbers of school shootings, disasters, and traumatic events she was witnessing, she became certified as a grief and trauma specialist. Since then she has deployed to various companies over 400 times to debrief employees impacted by murders, suicides, accidents, robberies, coworker deaths, and downsizings. This included the Virginia Tech massacre and living on a dredge boat in the Mississippi after Katrina working with the Army Corp of Engineers.
Semi-retired now, in 2017 she fulfilled a life-long dream of writing her first suspense novel, The Coffins, based on true stories surrounding the archaeology of the Lost Colony. In addition to fiction writing she is an avid oil painter. In pursuit of stories and scenes from nature to paint she divides her time between her home in Archer Lodge NC, Colorado, and the Outer Banks. She and her husband, Rick love RVing, their two adult children, Lee and Greyson, their five (soon to be six) grandchildren, and their Silky Terrier, Henry. In July they will celebrate fifty years of marriage.
Amy Nathan is the author of 14 books that cover a wide range of topics — women's history, civil rights, dance, music, kids' allowances, and how to make practicing a musical instrument less of a hassle for kids and grown-ups. All her books have something in common—they introduce readers to amazing people whose stories have inspired. These people have found ways around the obstacles they encountered. They all have fascinating stories to tell. The book she will be discussing the night of the panel is Take a Seat, Make a Stand, about Sarah Keys Evans, an unsung Civil Rights hero. As a young woman in the Women's Army Corps in 1952, she did what Rosa Parks did, but she did it three years before Rosa Parks. Sarah Keys Evans kept standing up for her rights until victory was won. Her story shows that an individual can have an impact on history, and that in troubled times ordinary people can step up and accomplish remarkable things. Amy Nathan lives in New York, so she will be joining the panel virtually.
Larry Bernard Perkins, VP and Assistant General Manager, Carolina Hurricanes/PNC Arena, Author of Buck Seventy-Two, A Destiny of Will, is a native of Enfield, North Carolina, which isn’t a large spot on the map, but for a young Larry Perkins, it was his whole world. Born to a sharecropper father and a mother who dreamed of bigger things, Larry’s childhood was tumultuous. Early child hood, his mother abandoned him and left for New York City to chase her dreams. Larry spent the first 9 years of his life bouncing from family member to family member before landing in his father and stepmother’s home.
Enfield Exchange is a series profiling talent in our communities. Join us May 2 2019 for the Enfield Book and Writers Exchange at The Collective Center, 131 Whitfield Street, Enfield, NC 27823