William Manning, a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will be one of the speakers at the NAACP Black History Forum and Dinner on Monday March 23rd at Allen Temple Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m. The complimentary meal will be served at 6:00-6:45, and the forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. Jeff Coleman, a renowned former football player will also speak on the forum. Both will share personal scenarios and challenges encountered as they travel the ‘Road to Success’.
Manning is currently the Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Banking at the Bank of America in Charlotte. He joined Bank of America in 2006 as a Program Manager in Global Wealth & Investment Management. For two years, he served as the Military Segment Sales Executive and as a Customer Experience Executive in the Community North and Southeast Regions. He moved to his current position in June 2013.
In addition to his current position, Manning serves on the Board of the United Service Organization (USO) of NC providing health and human services to troops and their families, and as the Charlotte lead for the Military Affairs Advisory Council advising the bank’s executive leadership team. A recurring speaker and mentor, and for his ongoing work, Manning was selected as a 2012 recipient of Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion award, among numerous global nominees.
Manning has served with distinction as a Combat Engineer officer in the US Army for five years, an Airborne Ranger, a Master Parachutist in the Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division, and a Six Sigma Black Belt and Product Marketing Manager for General Electric in Atlanta for five years (holding high Six Sigma certification to implement an improvement system to develop new processes or products at Six Sigma quality levels – define, measure, analyze, improve, control).
Manning is a graduate of Gaffney High School, West Point Military Academy (majoring in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering), a former member of Shady Grove Baptist church, and the son of Deacon and Mrs. Eugene and Dorothy Manning of Gaffney. William and his wife Sonja have three children and live in Charlotte, NC.
The program coordinator is Ms. Mary Edwards. Rev. Wilbert Jamison is the NAACP president.