Mona Edwards to be Awarded with Blount Lifetime Achievement Award at United Way Community Speaker Series, May 20

Greensboro, NC (April 25, 2019) – On May 20, during United Way of Greater Greensboro’s annual community speaker series, Mona Edwards will be honored with the Gwendolyn and Dr. Alvin V. Blount Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mona Edwards has dedicated her professional career and life to helping others achieve personal greatness.

Edwards is currently the founder and owner of LIFT Coaching and Consulting where she provides leadership development coaching to diverse leaders throughout the community. During her career, Edwards has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and has served as the Deputy/Assistant City Manager for the City of Greensboro.

Throughout her professional career, Edwards has volunteered her time and talents with many local non-profits and community organizations, including United Way where she has served as a member of the Board of Directors, has chaired United Way’s Community Investment Council and been a previous member of Women United. Currently, Mona serves on United Way’s Governance Committee and is a member of the African American Leadership Affinity Group.

She is a member of the Virginia State Bar (associate), Triad Coaching Connection, the Women’s Professional Forum, and is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro and Other Voices. Edwards is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and serves as Board Secretary.

She is a board member of the Piedmont Triad Chapter of The National Conference for Community and Justice, and currently chairs the Human Resources Committee.

More About the Blount Award:

In 2012, at a United Way Community Speaker Series, Dr. Blount received the inaugural Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award. One year later, with the blessing of Dr. Blount and his family, the award was named The Gwendolyn and Dr. Alvin V. Blount Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.

Every other year, when African American Leadership hosts United Way’s Community Speaker Series, the lifetime achievement award carries Dr. Blount’s name.

This award is given to someone who, like Dr. Blount, has demonstrated a lifetime of impact on our community.

Over the years, Lifetime Achievement Award recipients have included:

  • Tom and Linda Sloan
  • Preston Clark
  • David and Joann Grimes
  • James “Smitty” Smith
  • Royce and Jane Reynolds
  • Maya Angelou
  • Edward B. Fort
  • AND Dr. Alvin V. Blount, Jr.

More about this Year’s Community Speaker Series:

United Way of Greater Greensboro is welcoming Erine Hudson, one of the most sought-after actors of our time, as this year’s keynote for the 2019 Community Speaker Series at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center on Monday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hudson has an impressive, diverse body of work including Ghostbusters 1 and 2, Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, HBO’s award-winning series Oz, the acclaimed movie The Crow, Miss Congeniality 1 and 2, and currently, is the lead character in The Family Business which airs on BET Networks.

At United Way’s event, Hudson will share his amazing personal story of overcoming odds and adversity.

Born into poverty in the housing projects of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Hudson grew up during a time where civil rights had a long road ahead. Odds were more in favor of Hudson spending a life in prison than experiencing a successful career in Hollywood.

The wisdom Hudson gained before his Hollywood days allows him to relate to struggling individuals and communities. He understands the challenges of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems and inspires others to always persevere.

Ernie will share the secrets of how to get out of the box of limitation and land dream roles, not just on the stage or screen, but roles important to everyday life.

United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Community Speaker Series convenes people from across our community to learn together, connect with one another, and be inspired while supporting the work of United Way. United Way’s African American Leadership is hosting this year’s event. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at

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