Jennifer Pharr Davis
CEO of JP Davis & Associates and author of “A Faith Greater Than Grief”… One Mother’s Journey
Jennifer is a Human Resource Professional and Generalist with more than forty years of experience in corporate, manufacturing, public and private sector organizations. She is an objective and respected coach, leader, facilitator, and author with a broad base of experience and expertise in business, human resources, workplace issues and relationships. She is President/CEO of Jennifer P. Davis & Associates, LLC, a minority owned business, which she started in 1997 following her retirement from IBM Charlotte. A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, Mrs. Davis is the former Director of Discipleship Ministry for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was appointed to this position July of 2010 and is the first lay person in the WNCC to hold this position.
A certified Diversity Consultant, Mrs. Davis is also a motivational speaker, and co-author of three books. Her first single book, A Faith Greater Than Grief, was released in August, 2014. She served with the Gaston County Board of Education for 12 years, and was the first African-American to chair the Board in 2002 serving in that position for two years. Mrs. Davis is currently serving a three-year appointment to the Civil Service Board for the Gaston County Police Department and a four-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees for Gaston College. She is also an ALF Senior Fellow (American Leadership Forum), Class VII, Charlotte Region. ALF is a national organization committed to developing collaborative community leadership.
Featured in the June 2009 publication of Black Enterprise Magazine, also hosted a weekly radio show, “Shammah Time”, was featured in “Brown in Black and White”, a 2006 documentary developed by award-winning Broadcaster Steve Crump regarding the 1954 Supreme Court decision on the impact of desegregation in schools in Gastonia, NC. She produced and developed a video, “One Time” with Tavis Smiley, TV show host, personality, author, and commentator.
Jennifer is a volunteer in many organizations and has received numerous awards and honors, including the following:
- 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year presented by Bank of America and the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce
- Odyssey of a Woman Award presented by the Charlotte Chapter of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, February, 2006
- Community Involvement Award presented in May, 2006 by The Gastonia Chapter of Las Amigas, Inc.,
- Gaston County’s 2006 Business Woman of the Year nominee
- Omega Citizen of the Year 2006-2007
- 2011 Martin Luther King Unity Award Gaston County Citizens and Clergy Coalition Award
A member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Gastonia, NC, Jennifer and her husband, Fred, are the parents of two grown children (Monica Smith and Sean Davis, deceased) and five grandchildren.