Due to the inclement weather we have canceled the event for Feb 14. There will be a replacement date on August 8.
Michele Gay is a mother, former teacher, and now one of the founders of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative. After losing her daughter, Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012, she chose to take action as an advocate for improved school security and safety in our nation’s schools.
Michele’s background as a teacher and involved parent, along with her personal loss and post tragedy perspective, have left her uniquely positioned to help school communities prevent tragedy, and better prepare and respond in the event of an emergency in their own schools.
Michele holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. She taught at the elementary level in Maryland and Virginia public schools before staying home to raise her three daughters and advocate for the special needs of her youngest daughter, Josephine. Michele is dedicated to honoring Josephine in her work to make schools in our country more safe and secure.
This January with the Carolina Panthers prepping for their Playoff Showdown with the San Francisco Forty Niners, the Hood Hargett BreakfastClub transformed their January breakfast meeting with ESPN Analyst Herm Edwards into a Panthers Pep Rally
Responsibilities: Jenn Snyder has overseen this Charlote networking club since 2003, lining up its roster of guest speakers and creating spin-off luncheons and other events.
Key accomplishments: Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Charlotte banker Hugh McColl Jr., Duke Energy Corp. Chief Executive Jim Rogers and CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz have spoken to the club during Snyder’s tenure. In the past year, 25 businesses have become members.
How she got started: Working at Walt Disney World’s college program. The experience “really affected how I work every day. You’re basically brainwashed to do everything at 150%. That’s where I got all of that.”
Mentors: Lou Solomon, owner of Interact!, a business-leadership and communications-coaching firm; and Keith Eades, founder of Sales Performance International, a local sales-training company.
A-ha moment: Watching a CNN report in 2007 on a family tragedy in Snyder’s Ohio hometown. A boy was found in his home two days after his mother and unborn sister were murdered. Snyder created a college fund and rallied volunteers to provide a house for the boy and his grandmother.
Biggest obstacle: Repairing the breakfast club’s image. Previous ownership left a bad impression with members. Snyder outlined plans for a major overhaul, persuading insurance executive Chuck Hood to move from sponsor to its owner. Hood Hargett relaunched in November 2005 and has grown in stature and membership.
Business philosophy: Collaboration is the key to success. She quotes management expert Ken Blanchard: “None of us is as smart as all of us.”
Lesson learned: Not everyone appreciates their good fortune, whether it is earned or given.