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WIE is registered as a non-profit recipient with NPOconnect's "YourCause".

NPOconnect is the nonprofit portal for CSRconnect, the philanthropic and corporate responsibility platform that makes it easy for corporation to manage employee giving programs of all shapes and sizes.CSRconnedct allows corporations to motivate employee participating through automating gifts and incentives. If your company has a matching grants program, you can designate your donation to Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange (WIE) and we will receive matching funds. Thank you for your support of WIE!

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The Color of Law Charlotte organizing group is taking a new approach to our Community Discussion events. Our intent is to help the community better understand the Affordable Housing Crisis and how our historical laws/policies have created this situation.

Heal Charlotte —We are an organization here to serve the community, to build trust and a legitimate bond between the community, its laborers, and officials. We are here to serve and create an open dialogue between the citizens, police and elected officials of our community.

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Nick Wharton - Charlotte Area FundThe Charlotte Area Fund, Mecklenburg County’s Community Action Agency dedicated to combating poverty for over fifty years, is very pleased to announce Nicholas Wharton as President and Chief Executive Officer. This announcement comes during the initial stages of a strategic planning phase conducted by the board of directors and Next Stage Consulting, LLC, a leading Charlotte consulting firm.

“The board is very pleased that Mr. Wharton will be leading CAF through the strategic planning process of revitalizing the agency services and beyond,” said Charlotte Area Fund Board Chair Reginald Johnson. “He has the passion and the unique organizational development expertise building human capital strategies across multiple educational, civic, community and corporate environments addressing multi-generational and economically underserved populations to propel CAF into its next exciting chapter,” Johnson said.

Wharton has led premiere access and equity change initiatives in juvenile justice, K-12 public/private educational systems, higher education, and in the corporate sector. A staunch public policy advocate and leader for educational opportunity and workforce development, Wharton’s led lobbying efforts on behalf of community colleges and workforce development in the New York State Legislator and to the US Congress in Washington DC. A mindful diversity thought leader, he has influenced global strategic partnerships with educators in Europe, South Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean and has led given critical conversations on diversity leadership, educational opportunity, workforce development, organizational trust, gender equity, cultural competency, and strategic community engagement.

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On August 8th, The WIE CHAMPIONS held a "Chain Reaction" (Cross Cultural Chat) where each person shared the things in his life that formulated his initial prejudices toward people not like them and what they've done to change this attitude. The purpose of the "Chain Reaction" is for members of the group to get to know each other better and "get ahead of the curve thus preventing what happened in Charlottesville and other areas in the country".  Comments from participants were things like:

  • "It made me feel uncomfortable but I found out that there were others who've had similar experiences",
  • "Being able to share my experiences made me realize how far I've come toward being more acceptable of others", and
  • "I now have a bond and an appreciation of others of different cultures".

The 2+ hour session was moderated by Gwen Garnett, WIE Program Coordinator.  WIE's consultants are experts in conducting authentic and meaningful conversations that build trust across race and culture.

The Champions are the men's affiliate of WIE and support its mission — "Building Trust Across Race and Culture".  The group meets for breakfast the last Wednesday of the month at various places across the city.  If you or someone you know would like to join us, drop us note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Champions Men’s Affiliate Grows Ranks and Programs

WIE Champions comprises a group of over 100 diverse men who support the mission of WIE and want to extend the community dialogue to other men in Charlotte. Together, they examine and discuss racial fears embedded in work interactions, education, and public policy and the impact that erodes cross-cultural trust.  The Champions meet on a regular basis to discuss items of importance in the Charlotte community and actively participate in events, activities and to further WIE’s mission.

TO2 8875To further their impact in 2018, three programs were presented at the Levine Museum of the New South (LMNS) with the theme, Inspiring Trust to Transform Charlotte at the Levine Museum of the New South and sponsored by The Kaleidoscope Group.  Over 150 people participated in the programs including a showing of film clips from the Color of Fear, a documentary with eight North American men — two African American, two Latinos, two Asian American and two Caucasian who were gathered by director Lee Mun Wah, for a dialog about the state of race relations in America as seen through their eyes. In a separate session the Champions held a more in-depth program showing the entire film and continued their discussion further.

Finally, in partnership with the Levine Museum of the New South, the film 9/4/57 was shown featuring a interview by WBTV reporter Steve Crump who interviewed Dorothy Counts-Scoggins regarding her experiences as the first African American student to integrate Harding High School in Charlotte. The interview was followed by a spirited Q&A session from the audience.

If you or someone you know would like to join the Champions, send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add you to our meeting distribution list.



Rich RoblesIn a city where the Latino population is growing by the day, one man's story shows how the help of just a few people can change families for generations


Rich Robles came to the U.S. as a teenager, escaping an abusive family. Now he works at Novant Health and helps with multiple nonprofit organizations in Charlotte.

CLICK HERE to read his essay on his family, his journey and what he's doing to improve himself and the lives of others.