Past Speakers

June 18, 2020–Monde Donaldson / Vice President , Better Business Bureau of Central & South Alabama

Monde Donaldson is vice president of the Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation of Central and South Alabama. In this position, her goal is to expand awareness of the BBB by creating relationships with business leaders, community partners and the general public. Since coming to the BBB last year, she has focused her attention on educating the public in South Alabama

Past Speakers

June 11, 2020–Darron Patterson / President of the Clotilda Descendants Assn. “The Future of the Clotilda: Last Known U.S. Slave Ship” via Zoom

Darron Patterson was the first African American sportswriter at the Mobile Press Register, and is a three-time Alabama Press Association award winner for “Best Story of the Year.” He later worked for The Detroit News, covering the National Football League’s Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons of the NBA, Detroit Tigers baseball team and the Detroit Red Wings hockey club. He was

Past Speakers

June 4, 2020–Dr. Eric Mackey / State Superintendent of Education “The Future of Alabama’s Education During the Coronavirus Pandemic” via Zoom

Dr. Eric G. Mackey currently serves as the State Superintendent of Education. Prior to serving as State Superintendent of Education, he served as the Executive Director of the School Superintendents of Alabama, superintendent of Jacksonville City School System, assistant principal, and principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University and Master’s, Education Specialist, and Doctoral degrees from The