Consultant, Facilitator, Speaker, Educate To Engage LLC
Patrice Funderburg is the founder and chief visionary of Educate To Engage LLC (Edu2Engage), a social justice advisory services company with a bold vision to end institutional racism through education, exposure, and engagement. Educate To Engage LLC offers a free community book club and customized consulting services that are designed to build and grow anti-racist transformational change.
Prior to starting Edu2Engage in 2016, Patrice held positions in corporate Human Resources for 20+ years, including corporate recruiting, diversity and inclusion, vendor/supplier diversity, and human resource operations. In her last corporate role, Patrice was the HR Chief of Staff and Director of HR Operations at Belk, Inc., where she was responsible for supporting the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and functioning as the senior intermediary across the HR executive team and Belk Executive Committee to ensure people organization and business continuity. During the 2012 DNC Convention in Charlotte, Patrice served as the Deputy Director for business inclusion and procurement processes, and from 2006-2012, Patrice held various positions at Lowe’s Companies, Inc., including Director of Supplier Diversity, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, and Senior Corporate Recruiter.
In 2017, Patrice became a board member with Center for Community Transitions. She is also a mentor with Changed Choices ‘Changing Our Outlook On Life” (COOOL) program, and substitute instructor with their Courage To Change program at Mecklenburg County Jail North. Patrice is also a member of the Women’s Impact Fund, serving on the Member Engagement and Education committees. She is an alumnus of Leadership Charlotte Class 35, and a past recipient of the Urban League of the Central Carolinas volunteer of the year award. A fitness advocate, Patrice is a master group fitness instructor at the Greater Charlotte YMCA where she is a certified to teach Group Fight kickboxing. Patrice is also a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor.
Patrice attended North Carolina Central University, where she studied business administration and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She earned a bachelors degree in Human Resource Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Master of Science in Organizational Communication and Development from Canisius College, also in Buffalo.