Up & Coming Weekly

January 14, 2020

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14 UCW JANUARY 15-21, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Looking for an event to go to that will be both inspiring and motivating? Look no further than the Givens Perform- ing Arts Center, where Newy Scruggs, a seven-time Emmy winner, sports personality and UNCP alumnus will host Cyn- thia Marshall on Jan 22. e Dallas Mavericks' CEO is the first African-American CEO in the NBA. She took over the role in February 2018. Marshall has been making her mark since day one. She grew up in low-income hous- ing in Richmond, California. She went to college at the Uni- versity of California, Berkeley, on a full academic scholarship. She also became the univer- sity's first African-American cheerleader. Marshall came out of retire- ment to be the CEO of the Mavericks. Before her retire- ment, she enjoyed a 36-year career at AT&T. She began her career there after graduating from college with a degree in business administration and human resources manage- ment. roughout the years, she worked her way up, and in 2012, Marshall was promoted to the role of senior vice president of human resources/chief diversity officer for the national office. Abdul Ghaffar is the director of campus engagement and leader- ship at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Ghaffar said that the main focus of the event would be, "Mr. Scruggs and Ms. Marshall sharing their many experiences in business and television with the audience." When it came to having Marshall, specifically, at the Givens Perform- ing Arts Center, Ghaffar said, "e host of the event, Newy Scruggs, a UNCP graduate and sports person- ality in Dallas. He recommended her. Once I began my research, I discovered that she has several North Carolina ties, including living in the state for several years. "Our speaker series has a long tradition at UNCP. We have hosted such names as Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Caitlyn Jenner, Oliver North, James Earl Jones, Henry Winkler, Cornel West, Bill Nye, Olympians Gabby Douglas and Billy Mills and so many more. Many times, we have our speakers visit parts of our community like the Pembroke Boys and Girls Club and the Lumbee Tribe. Most speakers are interviewed on WNCP TV on campus and participate in a recep- tion for the students, faculty, staff and donors." When asked about what he and the rest of the students and staff hope to get of the event, Ghaffar said, "We are co-sponsoring this event with the School of Business. Since Ms. Marshall was an execu- tive at AT&T for many years and is the only female CEO in the NBA, meaning she runs a billion-dollar sports franchise, we are hoping our students gain some knowledge about the business world. Also Mr. Scruggs is a seven-time Emmy Award winner and hosts his own radio show and is a TV sports per- sonality, so we hope our students will be motivated by his success as a UNCP Alumni." Visit uncp.edu/resources/givens- performing-arts-center for more information or to buy tickets to this event. Dallas Mavericks' CEO at Givens by OLIVIA BURKE Dalls Mavereicks' CEO Cynthia Marshall will be at Givens Performing Arts Center Jan. 22. EVENTS OLIVIA BURKE, Contributing writer. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910- 484-6200. COUNTY MARKS CONTINUED TOURISM GROWTH Between 2009 and 2018, the amount of impact domes c tourism has had on Cumberland County has grown in all areas. The chart below details the increase in expenditures, payroll, employment, state and local tax receipts and the es mated tax savings per county resident. Occupancy tax is paid by Cumberland County's visitors. This means resi- dents and businesses receive the benefits of tourism to Cumberland County at no cost to local tax payers. These figures are from the study "The Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Coun es." The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Associa on. GIFT SHOP SALE Our Visitor Center at 245 Person Street is having a Buy One Get One (BOGO) sale through the end of the month. For the en re month of Janu- ary, purchase one item and get another similar item at the same price for free. The gi shop sells T-shirts, postcards, key chains, hats, locally made jelly, honey and other food and gi products. The gi shop is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. AUTHOR Melody Foote Director of Communications Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau B U L L E T I N Download a mobile app for exploring Cumberland County.

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