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Recently, the Yadkin Valley InnovateUMC team hosted it's first TRUTH Café - True Relationship Uniting Transformed Hearts - between Centenary UMC and St. Paul UMC, both in Winston-Salem. The idea for a TRUTH Café came from the vision to bring together churches of different ethnicities that seek to break down racial and other barriers to further their common missions. The TRUTH Café model serves as a platform for crucial conversations that speak truth to power and privilege around racism, bias and demographic differences. In addition, the program gives churches the opportunity to develop action items between congregations for moving forward to be catalysts for reconciliation and justice in their churches and the communities they serve.
Participants in the first TRUTH Café expressed hope that through these programs, the "church may be an instrument for breaking down the walls of racism". With the support of the Western NC Conference Justice and Reconciliation Team and The Duke Endowment, Boundless Impact will partner with districts to host TRUTH Cafés throughout western North Carolina in the coming year.
Boundless Impact is pleased to introduce two new board members joining us effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Sudhakar Puvvada is Vice President of the Global Denim Innovation Center at VF Corporation in Greensboro, NC. He is passionate about innovation and is known to drive top and bottom line growth through consumer desired innovations based on deep consumer insights. Prior to joining VF, Sudhakar has served in multiple roles spanning the innovation continuum of upstream research to “go to market” in numerous product categories, top-tier companies such a Unilever & Ashland specialty ingredients, and in multiple geographies including India, Europe & the US. Sudhakar has a PhD in Surface Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He holds more than 20 patents.
We have some exciting things happening this new year, Rev. Michael Bailey will be joining us as the second of our newest board members. Rev. Bailey was appointed in July 2017 as District Superintendent in the Yadkin Valley District (Forsyth County region) of the United Methodist Church. Bailey previously served as the pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, where he served since 2012. Prior to that he served at Mount Zion UMC in Cornelius for ten years, and four years as the pastor of the American Protestant Church of The Hague, Netherlands from 1998-2002. He has served appointments in this conference since 1993. Bailey transferred to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1995 from the Memphis Conference where he began his ministry. He is a graduate of Lambuth University (B.A., 1978) and Pacific School of Religion (M.Div., 1984). He and his wife Lauralee have four adult children spread from NC to California and three grandchildren.
in addition, the Boundless Impact Board elected new officers for 2018. Sue Simmons will serve as board chair, Felix Muriithi as vice chair, and Olga Cheek as secretary/treasurer.
Boundless Impact recently selected the J. Fred Young Family to receive the 2017 John A. (Pete) Eberhart Ray of Light Award for their innovative work in international education and their profound impact on students, educators and communities throughout North Carolina. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify Boundless Impact’s vision of building thriving communities that are intentionally diverse, inclusive and equitable.
The Ray of Light award was presented to the J. Fred Young family at the 30th Anniversary Celebration Gala for Participate (formerly VIF International Education) on December 16 at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C. At the event, the Young family members - including parents Fred and Phyllis, and three children Alan, David, and Jane - received the award from Pete Eberhart, award namesake and founding board member of Boundless Impact, as well as retired Superintendent of Greensboro City Schools.
“During his 25 years as President of Elon University, Fred Young’s visionary leadership instituted global engagement programs that today have Elon consistently ranked at the top of US colleges in percentage of students who study abroad”, said Cindy Thompson, Executive Director of Boundless Impact. “As founders of Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program, the Young family has helped North Carolina become a leading state in international education, as champions of teacher exchange programs, global curriculum development, language immersion instruction and educator professional development.”
Boundless Impact recently hosted a fall board planning retreat at Stoney Creek Golf Club, located near Greensboro North Carolina. At the retreat, led by Board Chair Sue Simmons and Executive Director Cindy Thompson, the board discussed current projects underway, and how to continue to expand successful initiatives such as InnovateUMC. In addition, the board brainstormed future endeavors, and prioritized initiatives for 2018 based on alignment with our mission and strategic focus. The board is excited to continue building upon our foundation, and also to grow in our role as a facilitator of inclusive innovation in communities across North Carolina. Board Chair Sue Simmons shared these words about the retreat, "We are fortunate at Boundless Impact to have a wonderful board who is shaping the future of the organization. The future is bright with continued opportunities to meet our vision of thriving communities that are intentionally diverse, inclusive, and equitable." As we enter into our exciting 7th year, we encourage you to stay connected and get involved by making 2018 a year of Boundless Impact!
We are excited to share the news that on September 19, 2017, the Union Square Campus Board approved the finalized concept for Union Square Phase II: A single facility that will house both an innovation/design space and a cybersecurity center. Boundless Impact Executive Director, Cindy Thompson, served on the Union Square Phase II teams for Innovation and Design from the beginning of the process which began in January 2016.
As background, in 2009 a group of business and higher education leaders under Opportunity Greensboro saw a need for space where collaboration and innovation could flourish to promote business growth and economic development in the surrounding area. After brainstorming many ideas, the final concept for Union Square Campus phase one is a school of advanced nursing with associate through doctorate nursing programs. Through various partnerships with both private and public investors the $34 million project was completed and opened in August 2016 with the capacity to serve over 400 students. Following the success of phase one in 2017 two concepts innovation & design and cybersecurity, emerged to fill the gaps in employment, research, and facilities that phase one exemplifies in the nursing sector.
The Innovation & Design Center will consist of a design thinking lab, concept lab, spatial computing lab, and space for design startups. The planned Cybersecurity Center will include a cyber projects lab, secure lab, server room, operations center, and space for cyber startups. Crucial to both centers will be the Hub, complete with a kitchen, collaboration spaces, networking areas, and event space. Phase II is based on the idea that working in one space is conducive to producing dynamic relationships and furthering all efforts to promote inclusive innovation in our community. The goal being to create an active hub for peer interaction, community programs, events, and a productive environment for cyber and design-related startups.