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Episode 20 - Shift_Ed

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Join us for a conversation with Wendy Poteat, President and CEO of Shift_Ed. In this episode, Wendy shares the inspiring mission of Shift_Ed to boldly accelerate student potential, offering a multitude of programs that span from kindergarten to the workforce. Discover how Shift_Ed's core values of opportunity, equity, collaboration, excellence, and agility are reshaping the educational landscape and fostering social mobility across the Piedmont Triad.

Wendy also unveils the creative essence behind the Shift_Ed brand, emphasizing the underscore brand as a symbol of endless possibilities for students. We dive into the organization's commitment to equity and the multifaceted programs that cater to every student's unique path, whether it's college, credentialing, or the military.

Listen as Wendy recounts her personal journey from tragedy to triumph, her return to education as a mother, and how her experiences shape her leadership at Shift_Ed. The episode further explores the synergy between Shift_Ed and Piedmont Opera, highlighting their collaborative efforts to expose students to the arts and the myriad of career opportunities within.

Wendy candidly discusses the challenges facing today's youth, particularly the generational impacts of the pandemic, and how Shift_Ed is addressing these obstacles through a focus on equity and collective effort.

We also get a glimpse into Shift_Ed's partnership with High Point University, their scholarship initiatives, and the exciting fireside chat series 

Before we conclude, Wendy shares her favorite local spots in the Triad, from Winston-Salem's eclectic eateries to High Point's vibrant food scene, and the family-owned barbecue gem in Greensboro.

For more information on how to engage with and support the life-changing work of Shift_Ed, visit and follow their social channels to stay connected with their impactful endeavors.


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