There may be few people in the Charlotte community as visionary and forward thinking as Barbara Fulton. Her varied life experiences give her a unique perspective, one she will share with Charlotte High School students Thursday, March 19 at Fay’s Evelyn Bay.
Fulton is the March featured speaker for the Coffee with the Community series established by the Can Do! Youth Pillar. Aside from her work locally with Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital and local non-profit organizations, Fulton is a prime example of the kind of talent the Charlotte community desires to bring back home.
A Charlotte native, Fulton started her career as a professor in the psychology department at Western Michigan University before a vacation of sorts turned into a 22-year career as a consultant in California. There she worked with technology companies that provided services for the both the public and private sector.
She returned to Charlotte in 2005 to be with her mother, Evelo, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was then, she said she fell in love with Charlotte all over again — the sense of community and ability to make a difference.
She began working with Hayes Green Beach in 2006 and was an instrumental member of the development team for AL!VE.
“I think this will be a really great event for the students,” said BJ Behnke, chair of the Can Do! Youth Pillar. “Part of this is showing the students that there are opportunities in small towns like Charlotte. You don’t have to leave to find opportunities. This also helps the students build their network at an early age.”
Coffee with the Community is open to the public and begins at approximately 10:15 a.m. at Fay’s Evelyn Bay.