JCJC Black History Leadership program features Gulfport’s Carlos Bell

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-02-07 23:03:34

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Office of Student Affairs will be hosting its annual Black History Leadership program on Tuesday, February 13, at 10:15 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium.  The public is invited to attend this free event.  Featured guest speaker, Carlos Bell who is currently the Director of Engagement with the Port of Gulfport will speak on the programs’ theme, “Leading from Within.”
“I truly believe that anyone attending this event can learn more about how to be a better person and a better leader. Carlos has the drive and the tenacity needed to ‘Lead from Within’ and I have no doubt that his talk will inspire anyone in the audience. From the first time I meet Carlos back in 2010 with the Leadership MS program, he's been one of those friends that has challenged me to grow as a person and a leader. I've always respected his vast experience and I know that he'll share some words of encouragement and strategies for success for anyone that attends this event,” said JCJC VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Jones.
As the managing director of the marketing and community relations division at the Port of Gulfport, Bell was the first African American director to be hired in that role in 2014. He is credited with transforming the public perception of the Port by working to engage and inform the public utilizing methods that include hosting free Port Tours, hosting community leader lunches and other activities. A year later, he enjoyed the task of coordinating the USS Jackson Commissioning Ceremony with several federal agencies.
The William Carey University and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College alumnus has worked in a variety of different industries. His experiences in engineering, oil & gas, public affairs, emergency management and the US Army all helped to transform his leadership style. Bell began his career serving in the United States Army in 1998. In 2003, he was injured in combat in Iraq but served until 2005. Bell became the Regional Coordinator for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on the Gulf Coast soon after retiring from the Army. He led the recovery efforts post-Hurricane Katrina. He was responsible for external affairs and community relations teams in Mississippi and Alabama during that crisis. His career in MEMA prepared him for his next career moves as the Regional Director for Waggoner Engineering and the State Lead Advisor for British Petroleum (BP) after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. His master’s degree in project management from Colorado Tech University and a (CEM) Certified Emergency Manager certification also provided the experience he needed for the jobs where his knowledge managing large scale natural and man-made disasters was invaluable. 
Some of the organizations Bell serves as a volunteer or as a member of the board of directors, include the NAACP, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Symphony, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, United Way of South Mississippi, and Memorial Hospital of Gulfport.
For more information about the Black History Leadership program contact Samuel Jones, Ph.D. at 601-477-4038.


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