Tuscaloosa, AL – November 16, 2021 – The Alabama ONE Foundation will host its third annual Bridge Builders Conference on November 18, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM CT at Bryant Conference Center on The University of Alabama campus.
The Bridge Builders Conference is the first of its kind in West Alabama. This free, one-day conference focuses on improving our community and connects local leaders in order to exchange ideas and resources to build bridges of communication and support for the communities they serve.
The 2021 Bridge Builders Conference will focus on building a bridge to the future of education. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other local leaders and explore relevant topics concerning mental health, personal development, career technical education and financial literacy. Attendees will also walk away with a clearer understanding of how community leaders can come together to better prepare children and teens for their future.
The speaker roster features leaders from Tuscaloosa as well as across West and Central Alabama, including:
Martin Houston – Senior Director of Membership Growth, Alabama ONE
Janeese Spencer – CEO & Founder, Venture Life Coaching
Sean Smith – Central High School Student and FBLA Alabama State President
Washaundra McNeil – Owner, Viatru Life Solutions, LLC
Katie Andoe – Assistant Principal, Hale County Middle School
Dr. Karen Thompson-Jackson – Executive Director, Temporary Emergency Services
Matt Freeman – Welding Instructor, Tuscaloosa City Schools
David Cottingham – Chapter 13 Standing Trustee
Dr. Antonio Cooper – Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Vestavia Hills City School System
Dr. Mike Daria – Superintendent, Tuscaloosa City School Board
Dr. Keri Johnson – Superintendent, Tuscaloosa County Schools
Shawn McDaniel – Pickens County Career Tech Director, Pickens County School Board
Bill Wells – CEO, Alabama ONE
Jacquie Johnson – Director of Financial Wellness and Outreach, Alabama ONE
“Bridge Builders is a unique experience where local leaders can share best practices and elevate the mindset of our community, when it comes to financial wellness and overall quality of life,” said Jacquie Johnson, Alabama ONE’s Director of Financial Wellness and Outreach. “This is the beginning of an ongoing relationship between faith-based, educational, and community leaders who have come together to build a stronger community with measurable results.”
“Over the course of the past two years, Bridge Builders has grown into a powerful resource of connections and insights for not only our local community leaders, but leaders from Washington state to Georgia. As we continue to grow this program, our hope is to consistently serve as a catalyst for positive change primarily in our local communities but also throughout these extensions of our local networks in other areas,” said Bill Wells, Alabama ONE CEO.
Alabama ONE wants to encourage anyone working in education, acting as a leader in their community, or who wants to learn how they can start making a difference to attend the conference. The conference will be held in person at the Bryant Conference Center with a virtual attendance option. Registration is now open at alabamaone.org/bridgebuilders.
The Alabama ONE Foundation is excited to have the following companies join as sponsors of the 2021 Bridge Builders Conference:
Knight Signs Industries, Inc.
Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, Moore, P.C. Certified Public Accountants
Print Resources, Inc.
Shelton State Community College
For more information about Bridge Builders and the 2021 Conference, please contact Jacquie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.