By Special to the Daily World
Spartanburg, S.C. — Candy Moore, senior vice president and Southeast community development manager for Wells Fargo in Atlanta, returned to her alma mater as speaker for the 119th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14. Moore is a member of the Converse College Class of 1993 and the first African-American alumna to serve as the college’s commencement speaker.
“Converse is distinguished by dynamic, accomplished women, like Candy, who are passionate about advancing women and girls in their communities and professions,” said Converse President Betsy Fleming. “The Class of 2011 specifically requested that this year’s commencement speaker be an accomplished young alumna — a woman who reflects the ‘can do’ spirit of Converse both personally and professionally. Candy is an excellent role model for our graduates.”
Moore, who has been named to Who’s Who Black Atlanta, Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential African-American Women and Atlanta’s 100 Top Black Women of Influence, shared her personal and professional journey through her remarks — offering both poignant and humorous insight into her life experiences. She encouraged the Class of 2011 to begin forming a personal board of advisers who can offer life advice and support.
“The most influential women in the world have a board of advisers…you have to prepare to be great…you do not need to do it alone,” she said. Moore also challenged the graduates “not to take being knowledgeable, ambitious, attentive, creative, innovative, and interactive casually. More is expected of Converse women.”
“It was an honor to return to Converse College to deliver the 2011 commencement address,” added Moore. “Converse has set the bar high. I hope to empower our graduates to expect more of themselves, because more is expected of Converse women. I attribute much of who I am to my Converse education.”
As senior vice president and community development manager for Wells Fargo in Atlanta, Moore is responsible for the