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Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

This workshop presents a panel of experienced professionals who have advanced their careers while achieving different levels of education. Leave with the tools necessary to make a knowledgeable decision about whether credentials, certifications or an advanced degree are needed for your career progression.


About the Presenters


Tamara Johnson, Ph.D.
UNC Charlotte Office of Academic Affairs | Research Associate for Academic Planning and Analysis, Geography

As the research associate for academic planning and analysis in the Office of Academic Affairs, Tamara researches and communicates UNC Charlotte’s student success and community engagement initiatives to the broader campus community, and designs programming that enriches the student experience through experiential learning, community engagement and international education. She helps coordinate UNC Charlotte's voter registration, education and mobilization efforts, curriculum integration strategy for community engagement, and data mapping and assessment strategy for community engaged teaching and research partnerships.

Tamara cofounded and co-directs UNC Charlotte’s Bonner Leaders Program for undergraduates. As the liaison to North Carolina Campus Compact, Tamara provides resources, professional development opportunities and a space for faculty and staff interested in engaged scholarship and teaching to collaborate. As an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Global, International and Area Studies, Tamara teaches courses including Intro to International Studies, Global Cities, and Food Justice in South Africa (where she was a Peace Corps volunteer and a Fulbright scholar conducting doctoral research). She received her doctorate in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011.



Stephanie Roberts-Bowman, P.E., CFM
Sunrise Environmental/ Mecklenburg County; Co-Owner/Project Manager, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stephanie Roberts-Bowman is a licensed Professional Engineer in California and North Carolina and has nearly 20 years of experience in the engineering field. She is co-owner of Sunrise Environmental, an environmental engineering consulting firm, and is also employed with Mecklenburg County in the Storm Water Services Division.

Stephanie holds a Master of Engineering degree in environmental engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, both from Howard University. She resides in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband.



Shannon Baldwin Davis
Caterpillar; Marketing Consultant, Electrical Engineering

Shannon Baldwin Davis received her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Florida State University. Shannon served her collegiate community through her active participation as a Student Government Association senator and the national finance chair of the National Society of Black Engineers.

In the summer of 2006, Shannon began her career with Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Shannon was hired for a special development program, where she serves as a consultant to Caterpillar’s dealer organization.

Shannon’s first developmental assignment was in Peoria, Ill. While in Peoria, Shannon excelled professionally. During her first year with Caterpillar, she was chosen to attend the Dale Carnegie Course and the Karrass Negotiation course, and was selected as 1 of 300 employees to represent Caterpillar during President Bush’s visit to the East Peoria Facility

Her strong beliefs in community involvement continued despite her geographical location. While living in Peoria, Ill., Shannon served as a volunteer for Junior Achievement. While in Lafayette, Ind., Shannon volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

During her tenure in Miami, Fla., Shannon served as a marketing representative for Caterpillar Inc., Latin America Commercial Division. Shannon also served as the electric power sales manager based in Monterrey, Mexico. Shannon is the first African-American female to be selected as an international sales manager in the Latin America Commercial Division.

In 2009, Shannon relocated to Houston, Texas, where she served in field-based positions covering Mexico and the Caribbean. In 2012, Shannon was promoted to regional sales manager for the Electric Power North America Division and relocated to Seattle, Wash. Here, she served as the point of contact for dealers based in the Pacific Northwest, California and the Midwest.

Shannon now serves as the account manager for Electric Power Gas Product at Caterpillar Inc. She is responsible for Global Marketing and Sales of Electric Power Gas Product. Shannon recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary with Caterpillar Inc. and is pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Washington State University.



Keniah Robinson
Charlotte Frito-Lay, Site Quality & Food Safety Manager, Chemical Engineering

Keniah Robinson is originally from Kansas City, Mo., and grew up in Denver, Colo. She received her Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech. As a college student, Keniah was a NSBE officer at the chapter, regional and national levels. Her previous employers include The Dow Chemical Company, Honeywell, Dish Network and Danaher. She is now the site quality and food safety manager for Frito-Lay at the Charlotte Plant. In addition to enjoying a career in food manufacturing in supply chain management, she enjoys teaching group fitness classes and playing golf in her spare time.



Courtney Smith-Orr, Ph.D.
UNC Charlotte; Teaching Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Courtney Smith-Orr obtained her Ph.D. in engineering education from Virginia Tech, where she focused on the faculty mentoring experiences of African-American women in engineering. Her current role at UNC Charlotte allows her to continue to engage in research around the perceptions and success of her students. Her work also focuses on active learning, engagement and inclusion in the engineering classroom, where she works to bring research to practice in her own classes as well as those of her colleagues. Dr. Smith-Orr also holds a Bachelor of Science in optical engineering and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Norfolk State University.


About the Moderator


Reginald Archer, Ph.D.
Tennessee State University, Assistant Professor

Dr. Reginald Archer has a background in applying GIS and remote sensing to solve problems in the areas of environmental change, hazards, risk, vulnerability and disaster recovery. His previous research includes mapping urbanization and other land cover land use changes and the potential risk of vector-borne diseases in Haiti. In addition, his research enables him to develop study designs, analyze time series data and collaborate with other scientists to monitor and model regional environment changes related to the ecology of particular disease systems in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region and the Caribbean.

Reginald has worked on several multidisciplinary teams and brings knowledge from the fields of geography, civil engineering and public works management, and surveying and mapping.