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A Special Message From A friend like Me CEO, Ms. Adrienne Ferguson
Anyone that's going through an illness or life changing event, don't think you can't achieve your goals. As a child, I stuttered and I was often teased and then I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus at six (6) years old where I had to have my entire head shaved bald, which I was also often teased about. I had major brain surgery having my shunt revised three (3) times by the age of seven (7). I was determined to not let any of that define my life. I graduated from high school with a 3.5 GPA and I then went on to college at Clark Atlanta University where I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications. After completing college, I started working as a Television Producer/Editor and in 2008 I had the honor of winning an Emmy Award for editing a two part documentary on the Holocaust called "World Pilgrims - A Sacred Journey to Turkey". After that award, I won six (6) Telly Awards and a Gabby Award in 2010. My message to everyone that's going through a life changing experience is "Never look at anything as a failure, look at it as a step back and a step back is just a setup for something greater to occur. God never gives us more then we can handle, he gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers!"
YMCA, VILLAGES OF CARVER
The Y believes that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, it is a must to be focused and accountable. At the Y, they measure the success of the cause by how well they engage communities and one major focus area is nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
Technologist of Color
Established in May of 2012, Technologists of Color is a passionate collection of professionals from the information technology arena. We understand the influence of technology on everything from the food we eat to the way we spend money. We want to make sure that African-Americans are among our nation’s technology influencers and policy decision-makers.