During Women’s History Month, the Greensboro News & Record will present an occasional Q&A with interesting women in our community.
Name: Cynthia Carlton Thompson
What I do: Board chairwoman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Piedmont; President of Ivy Hands Foundation; graduate advisor of Sigma Mu, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, High Point University; financial secretary of Coliseum Outreach Ministries; advisor of Christian Ladies Educated About Rightousness; webmaster and technology chairwoman of Eta Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and president of Guilford County Top Ladies of Distinction.
Why I do what I do: I believe in the Vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters that “all children achieve success in life.” It is my desire to assist in giving children the emotional support and mentoring that can motivate him or her to be the best citizen possible by instilling respect, dignity and pride. Why I do what I do? By investing in the future, which is the children. Children need loving, caring individuals who will support and encourage them to be all they can be. I decided to be that beacon in children’s lives. I have spent my career as a public servant in higher education by exposing children to a world of possibilities. We must provide children with the tools to be successful for the next generation and generations to come. One way of accomplishing this goal is by giving your time, skills and talents to organizations that support the vision that all children deserve to be successful in life.
My proudest achievement: I was the first African American female to serve as the president of International Graphic Arts Education Association and brought the conference to N.C. A&T State University. I was selected as outstanding faculty and advisor of the year in the School of Technology at A&T. I was instrumental in starting Sigma Mu Chapter on High Point University. My student nominated me as outstanding teacher of the year for National Association of Print Leadership, and I won the honor.
My real-life hero: My parents, who saw that 11 children received a college degree.
If I could have one superpower, it would be: Eliminating the coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide.