A glimpse inside the day to day operations, initiatives, and challenges of growing, sustaining, and enriching a county.
Nicole Hendrickson/Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Nicole Love Hendrickson was appointed as the Community Outreach Program Director for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2015, and has developed a comprehensive outreach plan that involves engaging diverse constituents in County Government. In her first year, Nicole launched two notable programs such as the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy and Dinner & Dialogue with Chairman Nash both gaining popularity with residents across Gwinnett County. Prior to her role with County Government, Nicole has served as the Associate Director for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services for 8 years. In that capacity, Nicole spearheaded the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, providing grassroots community leadership training to residents and led the annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service which is known as one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the country. She is actively involved in the community, serving in a variety of capacities. Her current involvement includes serving on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Gwinnett Community Board; the United Way Gwinnett Advisory Board and the Gwinnett Young Professionals Board of Directors. Nicole is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2010, the Georgia Center for Non-profit Leadership Program, the 2016 Regional Leadership Institute, and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber’s Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute. Nicole is a recipient of the 2017 Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Annual Public Service Award.
Nicole’s work has been featured in Gwinnett Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle the Gwinnett Chamber’s Edge Magazine. She served as a recent panelist on diversity & inclusion for the Partnership Gwinnett Summit.
Nicole resides in Duluth, Georgia with her husband and 3-year old son.
Brandy Swanson/Smith & Howard CPA
Brandy Swanson is an associate with Smith & Howard CPA Firm. With over 20 years’ experience in small business leadership, development and management, she has proven skills in senior leadership, business development, budgeting, recruiting, profitability, accounting, sales, customer service and human resources.
Brandy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and is a proud graduate of Leadership Gwinnett. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart for 27 years, have a daughter and a son. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, tennis and traveling.
Her passion is growing people and businesses, as well as serving her community. She is an active member of the Gwinnett Rotary Club and has been a Rotarian for over 24 years. Their motto, Service above Self is her mantra. Over the years, she has served as president, treasurer, vocational chair, youth services chair and international chair. She is a Stephens Minister and past treasurer for a local Methodist church.
Prior to Smith & Howard, Brandy was Vice President at Accent Creative Group, Executive Vice President at Sandler Training; the Chief Operations and Financial Officer at Lloyd Pro Group; Vice President of Operations at VIP Auto Care, and a Sales Manager for Administrative Managers, Inc. Her financial planning and advanced skills in contract negotiation significantly increased profitability and guided the sale and purchase of several businesses.
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Mike Sammond/Gwinnett Business RadioX
Longtime Atlanta resident and veteran broadcaster Mike Sammond is the owner and operator of the Business RadioX studio in Duluth, GA – known as the Subaru of Gwinnett studio. He is also the co-host of the weekly program “Gwinnett Business Radio” which airs every Thursday at 10:00 AM. Since opening the studio in the Fall of 2012, over 1,200 local business leaders have come through his doors to talk about the great work they are doing in their community.
Mike began his broadcasting career in radio while attending the University of Georgia. He has worked as a sports director at radio and television stations throughout the Southeast including three years at WRBL-TV in Columbus and three years as a sports anchor at CNN Headline News.
Mike is also an award-winning play-by-play announcer with extensive experience announcing high school, college and professional sports including baseball, basketball, hockey and football. Over the years, he has announced sports for the University of Georgia, Atlanta Braves, Gwinnett Braves, International Hockey League and Arena Football League among others.
On the international sports stage, Mike serves as an announcer for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS). He has covered the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010), Youth Olympics in Singapore (2010), Summer Games in London (2012) and Summer Games in Rio (2016). He also announced basketball and table tennis at the 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan.
Away from the broadcast booth, Mike has been a part-owner, team president and front-office executive for professional teams in minor league hockey and arena football. He also spent four years in charge of corporate sponsorships for the Gwinnett Center before joining Business RadioX.
HOST: DR. DIONNE WRIGHT POULTON
Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., is an HR and Leadership Consultant, Educator, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG), an HR and Leadership Consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, PCG has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the US and Canada, including in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and many corporate and service industries. Poulton Consulting Group (PCG) is also a government-approved business for local, state and federal level contracts.
Dr. Wright Poulton is also author of the acclaimed book “It’s Not Always Racist…but Sometimes It Is,” which is an extension of her PhD dissertation at the University of Georgia where she researched the racial biases and assumptions of teachers. Her book has received incredible attention, including an outstanding review from world-renowned Kirkus Media. She is also a certified K-12 teacher whose work is inspired by her 16 years of cumulative experiences as a high school teacher and university instructor in public and private institutions in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Dr. Wright Poulton has earned professional degrees from San Francisco State University (M.A.), the University of Toronto/OISE (B.Ed.), and from Rice University (B.A.) in Houston, Texas as a former NCAA Division I track and field scholarship athlete.
In 2014, Profiles In Diversity Journal identified Dr. Wright Poulton as “A Woman to Watch.” She has also been invited for social commentary in print media in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as for numerous radio shows, including on CBS radio stations in Atlanta, Georgia, and on Tavis Smiley’s Radio Show. Excitingly, the “Dr Dionne Show” debuted in September 2016 on Business RadioX and with a focus on smart dialogue about diversity, leadership and behavior in the workplace and beyond.
Dr. Wright Poulton is originally from Toronto, Canada and is also a former member of Canada’s National Track and Field Team. She currently lives with her husband and their two daughters in Snellville, Georgia.
To book Dr Dionne Poulton as a Speaker for your next event, or for Dr Poulton to facilitate one of her innovative professional development workshops that are based on her PhD research, you can reach her at the following:
Phone: 404-323-3842 or 1-877-263-2227 (internationally)
For more information, please visit Dr Poulton’s business website: www.poultonconsultinggroup.com