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Advisory Council

The Team Behind Us

The Durham Success Summit Advisory Council members are renowned leaders and experts within their field, who share a deep passion to unleash the hidden potential within African American communities. The Advisory Council meets with founder Derek Rhodes to provide their expertise, mentorship, professional advice, and commercial acumen to help deliver the Summit’s key objectives and financial viability. We are thankful for the service, support, and guidancefrom our advisory council members. If you would like to join our Advisory Council, please contact the DSS team.

Mike Krzyzewski

Board Advisor

Notable Experience

  • Head Coach, Duke University Men’s Basketball (1980 – Present)

Notable History

  • 5x NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion and 3x Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Board of Advisors, Code of Support Foundation
  • Founder, Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame and United States Olympic Hall of Fame inductee

Carolyn Rhodes

Experienced HR and Non-Profit Leader

Notable Experience

  • Founder & Senior Consultant, Leadership in Equity

Notable History

  • Certificate, Nonprofit Management, Duke University
  • Senior Certified Professional Certification, Society of Human Management
  • 10+ years of leadership experience at local non-profits

Reginald Lyon

Entrepreneur and Investor

Notable Experience

  • Former CEO & President at Channel Source

Notable History

  • Former Vice President at Revlon
  • Studied Marketing and Strategy at University of Chicago GSB
  • Studied Public Policy at Duke University, Durham Native

Dr. Roderick Heath

Programming Advisor

Notable Experience

  • Director, Men’s Achievement Center and African American Male Initiative at North Carolina Central University

Notable History

  • Director, Men’s Achievement Center and African American Male Initiative at North Carolina Central University
  • Former Student Support Specialist and Counselor