Lori Okimura is serving a four-year term as chair of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. She is the second woman and first Asian-American to serve as chair. Okimura is the president/CEO of Creative Sports Strategies with extensive experience in sales, marketing and promotion of various major volleyball and beach volleyball organizations and events, including several USAV Junior National Qualifiers.
Okimura joined the USAV board in October of 2012 as the beach volleyball at-large director. She has a long and successful career in the sports industry, having amassed a unique portfolio of professional experience in business management, media relations, marketing and manufacturing.
Dawn Newsome - CEO, Moonlight Creative
Dawn has always been dedicated to giving back to the community. She currently serves on the finance committee for Charlotte Woman’s Club and the on the advisory board of Foundation For Girls. She has served on the board and various committees for Women Executives, the most recent being the 40th-anniversary celebration committee.
Dawn was honored in 2002 by the Charlotte Business Journal with a “Women in Business Achievement” Award and was named to the prestigious 2006 Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of young leaders of accomplishment in recognition of her business achievements and commitment to the community.
In addition to being featured in The Charlotte Observer and in television and radio interviews in the Charlotte area, Dawn has also written marketing communications-oriented articles that have been published in the Charlotte Business Journal, The Mecklenburg Times and The North Carolina Journal for Women.
Sharon Reed - Founder, Global Girls Project
Sharon is an author, advocate, speaker, entrepreneur, and change-agent for good, with a passion for helping others find their authentic voice and realize their leadership potential.
An active advocate for women and girls’ empowerment, Sharon worked as a communications consultant and Global Community Champion for the United Nations (UN) Empower Women team between 2015-2016.
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with her children Alison and Michael, writing on personal leadership development and creating inspirational art and giftware under the brand, Heart by Design™. A contributing author to three books on hope, she is also the author of Walking the Heart Path: Bite-Sized Bits of Wisdom on Living & Leading from the Inside Out, her first solo book released on March 8, 2017.
Curtis Joe has made an impact on countless children, young adults, and families, as well as on child welfare, education, and family support systems and policy. As a child, he was a runaway due to being abused in foster homes. In 1986, he ran away from a home 336 times before someone did anything about the abuse him and his sister encountered.
Curtis has successfully created a culture for the continuum of services for young adults by linking affordable housing while focusing on strategic community economic development, education and public safety initiatives. Mr. Joe was appointed to the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness Board of Directors in January 2017, and is currently a National Safe Place Advisory Board member since April 2012.
Curtis’ passion for helping children and families is contagious. It is not only his true pleasure to advocate for children and young adults, it is his passion!
Kaitlyn Harrow is currently an Associate at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, NC. She received her Master of International Business and B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida. She defines her own success by how much she’s helped others succeed and grow. FFG holds a special place in her heart!