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OUR 2017 WILLIE J. STRATFORD, SR. DIVERSITY AWARD WINNER IS KENSTON J. GRIFFIN

Diversity AwardKenston J. Griffin is a highly sought-after speaker, author, trainer and performance coach who travels coast-to-coast to inspire professionals, colleges, nonprofits and corporations to reach their highest level of personal and professional success.

A native of Statesville, NC, Kenston received degrees in social work and psychology and was presented an honorary doctorate of liberal arts from Wilberforce University in 2016. As the founder and chief executive officer of Dream Builders Communication, Inc., Kenston and his team provide training and development to clients such as the National Basketball Association, Bank of America, Food Lion/Delhaize America, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Belk, Lowe’s, Novant Health and YMCA of the USA as well as colleges and universities and more than 50 public and private schools across the country.

Kenston has served as a board member at the McCrorey YMCA where he led as branch board chair multiple times. His dedication to the community impact of the YMCA earned him the George Williams Award in 2006. He was elected to the association board of directors in 2013.

A champion of inclusion, Kenston has served on the Diversity Inclusion and Global committee since 2011. As co-chair of the committee from 2012-2013, Kenston was instrumental in the development of a strategy to increase the diversity of the Y’s membership and advance the organization’s efforts to identify community partners that align with our inclusion efforts. Under his leadership, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte hosted the Global Center of Excellence meeting, a meeting of YMCAs that fully integrate global strategies and diversity and inclusion practices to strengthen impact, relevance and sustainability. With Kenston’s support and guidance, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte lives into its commitment to creating and replicating global best practices at home and abroad.