Urban League of Central Carolinas

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) and Jacob's Ladder Job Center, Inc. (JLJC) are proud to announce the launch of the 2013 Strategic Plan for the collaborative merger of their two programs. The strategic planning process will be led by the Lee Institute and kick off on Feb. 14, 2013. The initiative is being funded by The Catalyst Fund of the Foundation for the Carolinas, demonstrating strong support by the local philanthropic community. Using a “Civic Engagement” approach, the Lee Institute will seek input from stakeholders such as clients, funding sources, partners, volunteers and staff.

Dr. Patrick Graham, President/CEO of ULCC, outlined key goals of the collaborative merger including: the continuation of the JLJC program remaining available to all clients; creating a stronger continuum of care for mutual unemployed and underemployed clients; increasing the number of clients served by 20%; building a greater financial capacity for both agencies together; developing more innovative and efficient ways to use economic and human resources such as finances and volunteers; and increasing the number of individuals obtaining living wage jobs and careers.

In conjunction with the strategic planning launch, JLJC has named board member Brian Willis as Interim Executive Director. The appointment is effective immediately and Willis will be focused on working with ULCC and the Lee Institute during this important planning process. Willis takes over the position recently vacated by former JLJC Executive Director Holly Cummings who tendered her resignation to pursue another employment opportunity.

“I am excited for the strong future that lies ahead for Jacob’s Ladder and the invaluable services our team provides for our community,” said Willis.  “As we finalize our collaborative partnership with the Urban League of Central Carolinas, I look forward to working with Dr. Patrick Graham and his team so that we can both expand and enhance our resources and community outreach.”

Willis is also the CEO of Wealth Builders Center for Financial Empowerment which he founded in 2000, and serves as the Chair of Economic Empowerment for the 100 Black Men of American organization. A St. Louis, MO native, Willis is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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