Dr. Brenda White Wright is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and diversity consultant with over 40 years of experience in business management, servant leadership, board and organizational development, human resources, education, multicultural issues, race relations, youth initiatives, community relations, resource development, radio and television. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Communications, a Master’s Degree in Reading and Storytelling, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Tennessee State University. For over twenty years she served as President and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Kingsport, a United Way agency that provides programs for at-risk youth ages 5-18. In that capacity, she was named by The Business Journal as one of the region’s “Twenty-Five Powerful Female Executives.”

Brenda has spoken to and trained thousands of students, educators, parents, professionals and volunteers across the country. Her numerous clients have included United Way of America, The Association of Junior Leagues International, The Points of Light Foundation, Association for Continuing Higher Education, Catholic Charities, Bristol Motor Speedway, Barter Theater, Bristol Youth Leadership, Tennessee Department of Education, South Carolina Department of Education, University of Kentucky, Oklahoma Departments of Mental Health and Human Services, Holston Home for Children, Head Start, Job Corps, 4-H, Northwest Network for Youth, Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Child Welfare League of America, Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth, Johnson Controls, Junior Achievement, YWCA, Eastman Chemical Company, Symphony of the Mountains, State Farm Insurance Company, American Cast Iron Pipe Companies of Texas and Alabama, National Resource Center for Youth Services, McDonnell Douglas, Sprint and numerous other corporate and non-profit educational, civic, leadership, social service and religious organizations. She was a commencement speaker for Northeast State Technical Community College and East Tennessee State University. Brenda was also a cultural exchange visitor to the former Soviet Union.

Her numerous volunteer and leadership affiliations have included Leadership Kingsport, Junior League of Kingsport, Rotary Club of Kingsport, Kingsport Tomorrow, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, NAACP, President of the Sullivan County Alliance to Stop Adolescent Pregnancy, Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Grandfather Home for Children in Banner Elk, NC and as a member of the East Tennessee State University Roan Scholars Steering Team. Brenda is also a nationally certified Community Trusteeship Trainer.

She has served on the Boards of Directors of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership, Volunteer Kingsport, Leadership Kingsport, Junior League of Kingsport, Rotary Club of Kingsport, Red Cross, Holston Valley Hospital, Kingsport Tomorrow, Fun Fest, Rascals Teen Center, Kingsport Community Foundation, Regions Bank, TriSummit Bank, Safe House, Crime Stoppers, Junior Achievement, Fine Arts Council, NAACP, Women’s Center, Private Industry Council, the National Board of Girls Incorporated and also as a Charter Member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission.

Brenda has received a Times-News Award for Distinguished Community Service, a national YWCA Racial Justice award, a Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, a Girls Incorporated Professional of the Year Award, an Award of Honor from the East Tennessee State University Alumni Association, a Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce/Leadership Kingsport “Distinguished Leadership Award.” She is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for “service above self” and was appointed by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to the Citizens Advisory Commission on Ethics in State Government. Most importantly, she is a wife of 42 years, mother, and grandmother.


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