A former journalist, Nicole Taylor, has spent much of her life telling stories of vulnerable children and families. In 2009, she began working with a non-profit that focuses on international orphan care giving her the opportunity to travel to several third world countries. In 2015, Nicole and her husband felt led to become foster parents and after the experience of their first foster son, Nicole’s focus shifted to what was happening with the foster system in Charlotte, NC. Earlier this year, Nicole joined the Congregations for Kids (CFK) team as their executive director. CFK works to unite the Church in transforming the lives of vulnerable children in the city.
Munro co-founded two education technology startup companies and is now leading Read Charlotte, an initiative to double the number of third graders reading on grade level in Mecklenburg County from 40% to 80% by 2025. Munro worked for ten years at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, before joining Read Charlotte. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, masters degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois
Lucas Ramirez is a non-profit executive, author and keynote speaker to a diverse group of audiences including students, politicians, CEOs, educators, pastors and leaders. He has spoken at venues such as the Catalyst Conference, TEDx, and the Georgia House of Representatives and has been featured on Fox & Friends. He is an organizational leadership expert and loves sharing and learning new ideas.
Ramirez lives out his passion for raising up the next generation of leaders in his role as the President and CEO of The Gathering Place, an innovative student mentoring and Christian leadership development organization in Georgia that impacts nearly 10,000 students annually.
Ramirez is also the author of Designed for More: Unleashing Christ’s Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World, which FaithWords released in June 2018. By drawing lessons from a beautiful natural phenomenon of flocking starlings known as a “murmuration,” Ramirez, with co-author Mike DeVito, offers seven principles for how Christians can move in unity. The follow-up book will apply the murmuration principles to businesses, schools, teams and communities.
Ramirez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of six, he immigrated to the United States with his family. He earned a degree from Eastern University and served as a youth director for the Wesley United Methodist Church for over five years before stepping into executive roles at The Gathering Place.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Thea, who is the founder and CEO of Adoption-Share. The couple has three children and lives on the Georgia coast.
John is an author, speaker, Kingdom entrepreneur and non-profit leader of NCF Carolinas. He led a thriving financial services practice for over 20 years advising high-capacity families and private businesses around their personal & business planning, life goals and community impact. Following his passion for stewardship, he closed his practice in 2012 and launched a Charlotte, NC affiliate of National Christian Foundation. On January 1, 2018, the office merged with NCF Raleigh to become NCF Carolinas, working with families, advisors and the organizations they love, mobilizing resources by inspiring biblical generosity through the latest charitable giving strategies and tools so every person is reached and restored through the love of Christ. To His glory alone, God has used the NCF Carolinas team to help mobilize hundreds of millions of dollars for Kingdom impact. John’s professional background is as a former Certified Financial Planner, a trained Life Planner through The Paterson Center and a graduate of Charlotte Leadership Forum. He has worked alongside the Halftime organization, a two-time graduate of The Masters Program and a past Strategic Coach participant. John enjoys sharing through media, workshops and his website at JohnPutnam.com where you can read the first chapter of his book, He Spends She Spends – Why God Wants You to Live for Free, and learn about the accompanying 5-week curriculum for churches and life groups. John grew up on a cattle farm in Cherryville, NC (that’s ‘Churvul’ for you locals ☺), attended college at N.C. State, has been married to Anne for 30 years, has three incredible children and they worship at Church at Charlotte.
Daniel is the CEO of Torrent Consuliting and is passionate about:
Dave Runyon helps faith, business, and government leaders unite around common causes in the Denver metro area. He serves as the Executive Director of CityUnite and as a consultant for businesses who have a desire to make a positive impact in their communities.
Dave helped to start a neighboring movement in 2010 that has now spread to over 3,000 churches around the country. This experience prompted him to co-author “The Art of Neighboring,” which was published by Baker Books. He speaks locally and nationally encouraging leaders to collaborate for the good of their cities. Before founding CityUnite, Dave served as a pastor for ten years at Foothills Community Church and The Next Level Church. He graduated from Colorado State University where he studied history, economics, and education. Dave and his wife, Lauren, have four kids and do not plan to have any more.