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Local businesses solving local issues: Power Breakfast returns on June 18 to discuss "Big Challenges" within Fayetteville

By Staff Report, posted 4 weeks ago

The Greater Fayetteville Business Journal is taking a look at how area businesses are solving problems within our community. Tickets are now on sale for the latest in the Greater Fayetteville Business Journal's 2024 Power Breakfast series titled “Big Challenges.” 

When it comes down to it, businesses solve problems. In doing so, they improve the lives of their customers, employees and communities. People don’t normally think about how businesses can address big problems like crime, homelessness and the opioid epidemic, but those problem-solving skills can also be applied beyond business. 

Join us at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden as we hear from panelists on how businesses can help with BIG Challenges.

THE FOUR PANELISTS FOR THE JUNE 18 POWER BREAKFAST ARE:

 

CHIEF KEMBERLE BRADEN 

CHIEF OF POLICE FOR THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE

Chief Kemberle Braden started with the Fayetteville Police Department in March 1996 after graduation from Basic Law Enforcement Training. As an officer, he worked in Patrol Operations, Narcotics Vice Suppression Unit, Special Projects Unit and the Neighborhood Improvement Team. Chief Braden was then promoted to sergeant, where he worked in Patrol Operations, the Special Projects Unit and supervised the Gun and Gang Task force assigned to address violent crime throughout the city. The task force became a full-time unit known as the Gun & Gang Violence Unit. Braden was selected to be the new police chief in late 2022 and is committed to working to make Fayetteville a safer place. 

STACEY BUCKNER 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF OFF-ROAD OUTREACH

Introducing Stacey Buckner, a dedicated individual with a passion for service. Stacey's profound dedication to supporting Veterans led her to establish Off-Road Outreach, a nonprofit Veteran service organization. As the Founder and Executive Director, 
she continues to exemplify leadership and compassion. Recently, Stacey was presented her first ever Athena Leadership Award by the Center for Economic and Community Development for her values of leading with integrity, empathy and authenticity. 
In 2023, Stacey's impact was recognized on a global scale when she was honored as a CNN Hero, showcasing 
her selflessness and commitment to positive change. Locally, she received the 2023 City View Power of Giving Award, highlighting her work with homeless Veterans in the community.

LOUIS C. LEAKE JR. 

CLINIC DIRECTOR FOR THE CAROLINA TREATMENT CENTER OF FAYETTEVILLE 

Louis Leake is a retired U.S. Army Veteran and after leaving the military became a program director for a year-long faith based therapeutic community program. He has led successful men’s prison ministries and received his Certified Substance Abuse Counselor certification in 2010. 

Leake has worked at Carolina Treatment Center in medication assisted treatment for individuals that struggled with opioid use disorder for the past 14 years. 

He is currently the clinic director at Carolina Treatment Center in Fayetteville NC, and previously served as an adjunct instructor for “Fundamental Skills of Substance Abuse Counseling” at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Louis was the recipient of the 2010 Addiction Professionals of North Carolina New Outstanding Professional Award in 2011 and the Art of Counseling Award in 2015. He was also given Acadia Healthcare’s “We Succeed as One” award in March of this year.

CRAIG MORRISON 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR FAYETTEVILLE AREA OPERATION INASMUCH 

Craig Morrison accepted the leadership role as the executive director at Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch on April 1, 2020. With over 20 years in the church world and almost four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Craig is passionate about empowering the homeless and marginalized communities through coaching and leadership development. As the Executive Director at Operation Inasmuch, he oversees the strategic direction, fundraising, and operations of a faith-based organization that provides shelter, food, clothing, and other services to the homeless in Fayetteville, NC. Craig also leverages his credentials as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and a Life Younique Coach to mentor and train staff, volunteers, and clients, helping them discover and pursue their God-given potential and purpose. Craig enjoys the challenge of facilitating organizational and community transformation, as well as seeing the Body of Christ show up every day to demonstrate the love of Jesus with the Inasmuch family. Prior to coming to Inasmuch, Craig served for 13 years as the Minister with Youth at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. 

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Tickets are available now and going fast. Order your tickets by going online to fayettevillepowerbreakfast.com.

Join us as we get to know these community leaders and learn what we can do to help them help our community. 

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