Michelle Horton (MBA ’02) Named Among Charlotte’s 40 Under 40 for 2011

4.3.2011 Alumni News, Article, General

Reposted from Charlotte Business Journal

March 25, 2011

40 Under 40: Michelle Horton, Johnson C. Smith University

Age: 37

Current jobs: Professor, marketing/retail management, Johnson C. Smith University; founder and chief executive, YOUniversity Drive

Education: UNC Chapel Hill, B.A. in industrial relations, 1995; Wake Forest University, MBA in marketing, 2002

Career history: Ericsson Telecommunications, senior human resources consultant, 1997-2000; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.,director of marketing, 2002-07; The LeilaCharles Group, managing partner, 2007- present; Johnson C. Smith, 2009- present; YOUniversity Drive, 2010-present

Family: Husband, Charles; son, Charles Michael, 4

Neighborhood: Stephens Grove

Greatest business accomplishment of the past year: Starting a business that focuses on the enrichment and education of youth

Greatest civic accomplishment of the past year: Utilized mentoring and marketing to sow seeds in students/mentees that hopefully will be reaped throughout their academic, personal and professional lives

Civic/volunteer activities: Rho Psi Omega chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, college outreach program; guest speaker for clubs and organizations

What you like best about living in the Charlotte region: Having lived in small towns and big cities, Charlotte offers a wonderful combination of the two.

The most important issue facing the region: The education crisis we are experiencing is frightening. If we are going to compete on a global level, we have to make a strong commitment to the education of our next generation of leaders.

Your most valued mentors: My parents, who instilled in me at an early the age the importance of a solid education and a strong work ethic

Last book read: The Dream Giver, Bruce Wilkinson

Last movie seen: Megamind

Last vacation: St. Kitts/Nevis

Favorite website: www.cnn.com

Favorite possessions: My family and friends, because they give me such unconditional love and support

Hobbies: Playing Ms. Pacman, bowling, dancing

Heroes: Selfless individuals who embrace servitude as their life’s purpose and always try to ease the paths of others

Fantasy job: Comedic actress

One-word description of self: Passionate