In celebration of Women’s History Month, Momsrising and Beatties Ford Road Public library is celebrating these NC women who rose up and challenged the unconventional limits of what females are restricted to do. On March 28th 2015 at Beatties Ford Library from 2- 4 pm come out to hear their story and ask them questions of your own. Find your inspired Woman below!

lpLain Consulting LLC

LaPronda is the Principal and Chief Visionary Architect of Lain Consulting LLC, a full service consulting firm specializing in nonprofit development, management consulting and government contracting.  Since 2004, LaPronda has been responsible for the successful procurement of over $1.475 million in grants and contracts from public and private foundations and local government for local and regional clients as well as Lain Consulting. In late 2012, LaPronda transitioned Lain Consulting LLC to a full-time consulting firm.

Lain Consulting LLC is certified as a Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County; A Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) with the Statewide Uniform Certification Program of NC; Small Professional Services Firm (SPSF) with the NC DOT; and a Section 3 Business Concern with the Charlotte Housing Authority. Notable accomplishments of the company include:

  • A successful contract with the City of Charlotte to manage the Grants Selection Process for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
  • Securing over $750,000 in a multi-year award for a local afterschool and summer camp program;
  • The formation of a local nonprofit organization created to establish a $135 million multi-resource complex for veterans in Uptown Charlotte

In 2014, LaPronda was selected for the:

  • Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence Business Accelerator Program Award
  • Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement Award

On May 1, 2014, Lain Consulting LLC was selected as the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County at its Crowns of Enterprise Awards Ceremony.

LaPronda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is the mother of a teenage daughter, India and loves supporting women that are ambitious, driven and determined to advance and excel in their careers and in business.

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Betty F. Wicker

Betty Foust (Rankin) Wicker earned a B.S. in Business Administration from NC A&T State University in 1980, a Paralegal Certificate from the American Institute for Paralegal Studies in 1993 and finally training as a Senior Business Analyst from International Profit Associates in 2007.  Prior to relocating to Charlotte, she was employed by Volvo Parts, N.A.  Promoted three (3) times during her tenure with the last position being, Controller and Administration.  In this capacity she was responsible for an annual budget of $7.3 million supporting a staff of 50+ associates.  The greatest accomplishments during this period was delivering a break even budget by the end of the first year and by the end of her tenure, not only delivering a break even budget but added profit to the bottom line.

In her current position with National Gypsum(2007- Present), her greatest accomplishments include but not limited to reorganizing their Capital Equipment Master Listing to simplify input requirements and search efforts (simply put providing a tracking mechanism for all heavy and mobile equipment system wide). 

Prior to relocating to Charlotte, Betty was actively involved in a variety of civic and cultural organizations.  Of the many appointments by the Guilford County Board of Education she is most proud of her participation with a two year study of Gifted Education and the state mandated promotion standards.  As a result of this involvement, Gifted Education in Guilford County became more inclusive and diverse.  She served as Newsletter Chair, Education committee member and eventual Education Chair (6 years) for the Greensboro Branch NAACP as well as was a visible volunteer child advocate representing children from impacted communities during hearing officer proceedings as well as in the appeals process with the Board of Education.  She was a member of the Guilford County PSTA Executive Council, serving as an area representative and Awards Chair.  She was recognized for her work with impacted children and their families with the NAACP President’s Award in 2001 and Woman of the Year 2002.  She is a leader and unwavering advocate for education for all children.

Since relocating to Charlotte, Betty has joined the board of directors for Right Moves For Youth (an agency partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to provide resources and guidance to help students graduate high school with a plan for their future success) and National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Queen City Metropolitan Chapter

Betty resides with her husband, Allan and dog, Toby in northeast Charlotte.  They are a blended family with three adult children. Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys traveling, reading, entertaining, music and her new “give back”, participating on a quarterly basis providing meals, clothing, etc. to the street homeless in Charlotte.  The Wicker Family is a member of New St. John Baptist Church.


camille edwards and MomsrisingCamille F.Edwards

Camille F. Edwards is a descendant of the famed herbalist and author, Nicholas Culpeper (circa 1600’s). Camille is also a certified Hypnotherapist and certified Clinical Herbalist. She has continuously updated her herbal education over the years to stay abreast of changes and education being offered throughout the herbal community. Camille has served as past president on the Board of The North Carolina Herb Association, a North Carolina commodity group. She is currently serving on the board as Vice President, and will be acting President beginning July 2015. She has written and taught classes on the implementation of new Federal Laws and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) involving the natural product industry for the BioNetwork BioBusiness Center, a program of the NC Community College System. She is also a retired North Carolina Certified Paralegal. She is currently re-organizing her herbal life by incorporating growing techniques and education involving medicinal botanicals. She is currently learning the arts of permaculture, beekeeping, and bio-intensive farming for food production. She and her husband will be moving to Hays, NC in April of this year to start her small acreage farm.



Founder and Executive Director, The Black Girls’ Corner, Inc.™ (a 501c3 non-profit organization)

Vickie L. Hughes (affectionately known as “Miss Vickie”) is Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girls’ Corner, Inc.™ (“TBGC”), which empowers and mentors preteen/teen minority girls. She is known as a creative visionary, trailblazer, philanthropist, and community activist.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Minor: Biology) from prestigious Spelman College and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from Roosevelt University, Vickie secured corporate positions utilizing her management and human resources skills for 12 years. She then returned to school to pursue and obtain her Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

While in pursuit of a lucrative legal career, the tragic murder of a friend’s son changed her life and revealed her calling to help youth. To date, Vickie and her Volunteer Staff of TBGC work with girls, PARTNERING WITH AND INCLUDING MOTHERS (or other caregivers) in the girls’ positive youth development. Many single mothers (caregivers), as well as married ones, benefit from TBGC’s group mentoring and Parenting Support Circle and appreciate the “Village” concept created since TBGC’s inception.

Known for her straight-forward and down-to-earth approach, Vickie serves as a role model/mentor to young girls and women. She encourages creative, outside-the-box thinking! Vickie has served as a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, radio commentator, roundtable participant, and panelist. Vickie often focuses on healthy self-esteem, past/present circumstances, and survival skills when addressing her audiences; and has been a passionate advocate addressing causes/societal ills that negatively affect girls and women (i.e. domestic violence, sex trafficking) for many years.

nadine and momsrisingE. Nadine Ford

“i am a 4th generation native Charlottean who inherited a love for good local food and a strong respect for the planet. In addition to managing the Little Sugar Creek Garden, I volunteer with Friendship Trays, Charlotte Green, and the Charlotte Food Policy Council. And I hate beets.”



Pilar Perez pilar perz and momsrisnig

My complete name is Rosa del Pilar Pérez and I am the Senior Director of Early Learning at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. I’m originally from Puerto Rico and have been living in Charlotte, NC for about 9 years now. I have been working in the education field for 30 years. Before working with the Y, I worked as an elementary bilingual teacher in New Jersey and Puerto Rico. I am also the wife of Cándido Albino, Pastor with the United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference, mother of 3: Tana 27, Thamar 26 and Uzi 17 and Grandma of three: Adrian, Zoe and Noah. My motto is to keep the peace and to do anything possible to help a child learn and develop properly. My daily mantras are: live by faith, serve without mind’s limits or limitations, always learn something new and use the time wisely. I believe that God moves me around what he knows is just good for me and I also believe that there is something special in each person that is part of God’s promises for me. I will like to do a cruise, finish formal Theological Studies and buy a beach house in Puerto Rico.


avis fun key fitness and Momsrising Mrs.Avis Snead

Fun “Key” Fitness

Wife mom of 4 and of course a child of God. I begin my fitness journey almost 3 years ago. My husband who is a certified personal trainer encourage me to join him on this journey. I begin this journey wanting to get my athletic body back. I wanted to feel sexy and comfortable in my own skin. As I begin to educate myself I wanted to encourage other woman who wanted to feel and look sexy inside and out. This became bigger than me. Woman from all over looked for my husband I help to get fit. This journey has its ups and downs but it’s worth all the time and dedication. We begin Fun”KEY” Fitness which led into #getfunkeywithavis which we had over 50 ladies to join us on our first challenge. I also host Fun”KEY” Fitness class each Saturday. I’m so grateful that God choose me to reach out to others through my struggles.

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Alexia Furlow

Alexia is a recent Charlotte transplant from Wilmington NC. She is a licensed North Carolina attorney.
Alexia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and her Juris Doctor from Campbell University. While at Campbell Law School she served as the President and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Black Law Student Association and as a member of the Campbell Law Innocence Project.
In her last year of law school Alexia went to Cape Town, South Africa where she engaged in policy research at the South African Commission on Gender Equality.
Alexia is the owner of The Law Office of Alexia L. Furlow where she focuses her practice on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury.
Alexia actively mentors youth and volunteers at her old elementary school. She enjoys traveling, socializing, adventuring, and spending time with family and friends.
Alexia aspires to advance her career towards South African Post Apartheid Reconstruction with emphasis on Education and Housing.

The address for the award celebration and round-table is 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. There will also be games, a “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up” photo booth and refreshments. Keep up with the pre gathering by joining us HERE! See you there!

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