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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Margot James Copeland on Living Your Best Life Radio

 Update: Audio of show can be heard here.

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers embody "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, tune in to hear one of our country's most inspiring leaders, Margot James Copeland, CEO and Chair of  KeyBank Foundation. Copeland will share chapters from her life Mother's Day weekend. She will fondly share about being raised in an HBCU community that was a "rich environment" where the focus was not money but character building. Copeland shares with a smile in her voice, "It was not if you were going to college but where."

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Margot James Copeland and Genma Stringer Holmes in New York
Copeland will share her journey to being one of the most influential corporate executives and how she credits being at the helm of Leadership Cleveland as one of the defining moments in her career prior to joining KeyBank. She also shares advice on being true to yourself, servant leadership, and diversity.

Copeland will discuss the importance of being in the community in order to lead the community. She will share thoughts on the millennial generation and how they use social media to promote advocacy to address change. Copeland also talks about current issues like #brinkbackourgirls and what the protests surrounding Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis  said about the culture of today's youth and social injustice.
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Copeland will share her most memorable moments as a daughter with her mother,Thelma James Taylor, while lovingly recalling her favorite Mother's Day moments with her children, Reverend Kimberly, Dr. Garrison, and Michael Copeland. She will also share why she believes college graduations held on Mother's Day are one truly the ultimate Mother's Day gift!

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can be heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST. This show will also air on WTST, a member of the HBCU radio network.

More about Margot James Copeland

Copeland began her corporate career at Xerox Corporation, Polaroid, and Picker International. In 1992, she was hired as executive director for Leadership Cleveland, a program of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association that develops community leaders. After seven years at Leadership Cleveland, Copeland became president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, a nonprofit organization founded to improve multicultural and multiracial relations in the Cleveland area. She joined KeyCorp in 2001, and served as executive vice president - director, corporate diversity and philanthropy and as an executive council member. KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies and, within her position as chair and CEO of the KeyBank Foundation, she managed the company’s annual $20 million philanthropic investment program and oversaw diversity initiatives. KeyCorp has been included in DiversityInc magazine’s list of 50 Top Companies for Diversity in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and ranked 13th among the most generous cash giving companies in America in a 2003 list published by BusinessWeek. In 2013, the KeyBank Foundation was recognized as a Civic 50 Company by the National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light and Bloomberg LP. 
Copeland has participated in a number of community organizations and boards. In 2010, she became the fifteenth president of The Links, Inc. She has also served as the president of the Junior League of Cleveland, Inc., sat on the Kent State University board of trustees, acted as Mentor/Protégé Program Advisor for Morehouse College, and is a member of the Business School Advisory board at Hampton University.  

Copeland was listed as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Cleveland” by New Cleveland Woman magazine, and in 2012, Savoy magazine included her in a list of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.” She is also the recipient of the YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award; was the 2006 Black Professional of the Year as recognized by Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation; received the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Community Service Award; and the W.O. Walker Excellence in Community Service Award, sponsored by the Call and Post newspaper. Copeland also received the distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in 2013 from Hampton University. (source)

Photo credits: Genma Holmes, Links, Inc., KeyBank, and Hampton University


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