Name: Dr. Joyce Waddell
Leadership Charlotte Class: 7
Title: North Carolina Senator, District 40
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education: B.S., South Carolina State University; M.S., North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University; M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; M.A., Appalachian State University; PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Current personal or leadership goals: My current leadership goal is to represent and serve the citizens of District 40 in Mecklenburg County and improve the lives of North Carolinians as a whole.
If you could describe your Leadership Charlotte experience in three words or phrases what would they be?
I would sum up my Leadership Charlotte experience in three words: inclusive, innovative, and inviting. I worked with a diverse group and developed a new perspective on emerging as a great leader. Leadership Charlotte also presented me with great opportunities, such as working for the Women’s Board for seven years.
What’s a lesson that you learned through LC that has stuck with you and why?
Through Leadership Charlotte, I met like-minded individuals who have the same drive and passion for influencing and developing the community. The program allowed us to exchange leadership skills and network with one another and build new connections. A good leader stays receptive to others. I utilize this skill by listening to my constituents and representing them well.
What would you like to see Leadership Charlotte alumni get involved in and why?
I would like to see more involvement in speaking out at School Board, City Council, and County Commission meetings on issues that are important to the community at-large and those that LC are able to make a difference as a result of advocacy.
Favorite way to spend a weekend in Charlotte:
I enjoy visiting schools, churches, dinners, and other activities within the community. I have the opportunity to get to know my constituents in a place that is comfortable and natural for them. This fellowship is what truly makes living here in Charlotte worthwhile.