2017 Community Luncheon

On May 3, we welcomed over 1,250 community members to the Benton Convention Center for the Foundation's 2017 Community Luncheon.  After Foundation highlights, the 2017 Winston-Salem Foundation Award and 2017 ECHO Awards were presented to an exemplary group of community builders.  Following the awards, keynote speaker Howard Ross presented a keynote on unconscious bias, which are the assumptions and judgements we all make about others every day without even realizing it. While we can neither ignore nor change these internal processes, Howard provided the tools and understanding to help us navigate them as we move forward. 

Review the luncheon program here, and check out luncheon photos on our Facebook page!  


The 2017 Winston-Salem Foundation Award (more)

2017 ECHO Awards (more)

  • Jahmila Best
  • Mary Jac Brennan
  • Kelly Carpenter
  • Joy Prom
  • Mary's Mavens


Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and a worldwide thought leader on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. His firm, Cook Ross, Inc., has implemented organizational culture change efforts in the areas of managing diversity and cultural integration in academic institutions, professional services corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and retail, healthcare, media, and governmental institutions in 47 of the United States and in over 40 countries worldwide. Ross is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance and Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgements in Our Daily Lives.


Below are a few resources you may find helpful:


Many thanks to the 82 sponsors who signed on to be Community Investors, Community Builders, and Community Supporters - their generous support allowed the Foundation to provide greater community access to the Luncheon - which is what the gathering is all about. Special thanks to BB&T for serving as Keynote Sponsor and to Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem and Wells Fargo for their sponsorship at the Community Investor level!


A great crowd of 1,100 community members gathered at the Benton Convention Center on May 6 for the 2015 Community Luncheon.  After Foundation highlights were delivered, the 2015 Winston-Salem Foundation Award and 2015 ECHO Awards were presented to an exemplary group of community builders.  To review the luncheon program, click here.

Skip Navigation Links
What's New
©2005-2018 The Winston-Salem Foundation • 751 W Fourth St, Suite 200 • Winston-Salem, NC 27101 • 336.725.2382