THEME: "130 Years of Faith, Family, Friends and Fellowship - Worshiping in Love"
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
SPEAKER: Miniter Ronald Harris, Second Missionary Baptist Church, Chattanooga
COLORS: Red and White with Gold Accessories
CHAIRPERSON: Sis. Vickie Hill
CO-CHAIRPERSONS: Sis. Tharyl Brown, Bro. Ray Hill, Sr.
Minister Ronald Harris accepted Christ at a young age. He's served in many capacities at Second Missionary Baptist Church where he's been a member for over 60 years -- under the leadership of Emeritus Pastor Paul A. McDaniel for 48 years and under current Pastor, Rev. Dr. Ernest Reid. Minister Harris has a thirst for studying, teaching, preaching, and proclaiming the gospel!
Minister Harris is vice president of Diversity and Inclusion at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. His role is to cultivate a corporate culture where diversity and inclusion are aligned with the company’s corporate strategies and values. He provides strategic leadership and counsel for diversity initiatives within the organization, including diversity awareness training, recruitment, cultural competency training, employee development, and community outreach.
Minister Harris has served in various management roles at BlueCross for 30 years and is also a co-founder of the BlueCross BlueShield Association Diversity Alliance. The Alliance acts as a resource to share best practices and address diversity awareness and community outreach across the country.
In 2017, Minister Harris was nominated for a Legacy Award for Continuing the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream by the National Organization of Workforce (NOW) Diversity. He has been interviewed by USA Today on corporate diversity, earned a nomination for the prestigious Robert Shaw Symbol of Hope Award, and has been featured in the Equal Opportunity Publication and African American Career World magazines. In 2015 Minister Harris was recognized by the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute as one of the top five men promoting women in Chattanooga.
Minister Harris frequently serves as an expert speaker at business functions and conferences nationwide on diversity topics that impact the workplace. His presentations address issues such as generational diversity, disability awareness, stereotypes, effective cross-cultural communication, religion in the workplace, and the business case for diversity.
Minister Harris is married to Rosalind Crutcher Harris and is the father of 2 children, his late son Jerron and his daughter Shronda.