Event Types
Heritage Library
Oct 31, 2017
Richard Thomas
Nov 14, 2017
Nov 21, 2017
Sarah Eliasoph
Nov 28, 2017
Narendra P. Sharma, PhD
Dec 05, 2017

Ahmad Ward is the Executive Director for the Mitchelville Preservation Project on Hilton Head Island, SC. The mission of the Mitchelville Preservation Project is to replicate, preserve and sustain an historically significant site and to educate the public about the sacrifice, resilience and perseverance of the freedmen of Mitchelville, which in 1862 was the first self-governed town of freed slaves in America. Ward is responsible for developing and implementing a master plan, that will recreate this historic town as an interpretative site. The Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park will convey this important story of freedom and citizenship to visitors from around the Country. 


Prior to this position, Ward spent fifteen years leading the Education Department at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham Alabama. It is there where he honed his expertise in telling the story of civil and human rights in America, with a focus on historic analysis and application to current social justice issues.  With Masters-level training and years of experience in exhibition design, he brings a strong understanding of storytelling and the importance of technology in interpretation.  He has been responsible for creating programming partnerships with local schools, universities and organizations; teacher and student resources; written articles, blogs and essays for local, national and international platforms as well as the development of public programming for community-at-large in the areas of civil and human rights movements, multiculturalism and contemporary human rights issues.


 Ward is a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He received a BA in Art from Elizabeth City State University and a MA in Museum Studies from Hampton University. He is a former member of the Smithsonian Affiliates Advisory Board and the Jekyll Island Management Institute Selection Board.  His hobbies include drawing, watching sports, cooking, sleep (when possible) and fantasy football. He and his wife, Dafina have two brilliant daughters, Masani Ashiya and Aminah Elon.


Ahmad T. Ward
Dec 19, 2017
Dec 26, 2017
Jan 02, 2018
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Dr. Panu
Jan 30, 2018
Kathryn Smith, Author
Feb 13, 2018
Rose Fotia
Feb 20, 2018
Feb 27, 2018
Steve Wilmot
Mar 06, 2018
Dr. Ray Cox and Ginger Allen
Mar 13, 2018
Rob Cushman
Mar 20, 2018

Michelle Wycoff has joined the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Partner Advancement & Strategic Development. 

Wycoff has over 20 years of experience in leading teams and client development. She joins the chamber from IBM, where she served as the Global Buyer Lead, leading buyer programs that created insights for IBM’s global teams to drive strategic actions. Previous positions include serving as a senior manager at Accenture, and director of marketing and client services for MarketSource.

Wycoff is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has an executive degree in management of technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. She also currently sits on the board of directors for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.

Michelle Wycoff
Mar 27, 2018

(CH2 August 2011) The Woman with the Magic Wand
It’s a safe assumption that Carolyn Vanagel did not think her next move after leaving as a principal of Korn/Ferry, an international recruiting firm, would be to head up a car show on Hilton Head Island. Growing up in Indianapolis where racing and cars rule the city, Vanagel’s interests focused around natural horsepower, competing in national horse shows in the hunter/jumper division.
After moving to Hilton Head Island, and adjusting to her role as a new mom, Vanagel took on a part-time position with the event as advertising manager. Impressed with her passion and energy, organizers approached her soon thereafter about coming on board as the event’s first executive director. Seeing this opportunity as a challenge to establish the Motoring Festival as one of the top events of its kind while adding to the many attractions Hilton Head offers as a destination, Vanagel accepted and is now leading the force as the event’s president.
Since joining, the event has evolved beyond the typical one-day Concours formula into an overall Motoring Festival experience. 
As a non-“gear head,” Vanagel enjoys building those exhibits that appeal to the vast majority of people. 

Carolyn Vanagel, President
Apr 03, 2018
Brad Tadlock - Fire Chief
Apr 17, 2018

The Honorable Francis J. Bing West served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities, he served in Vietnam with Marine Force Recon and Combined Action Platoons. He is the author of ten books on national security. These include The Village, that has been on the Marine Commandant’s Reading List for 40 years; New York Times Bestseller The Strongest Tribe, a history of the Iraq War; No True Glory: the Battle for Fallujah; The Wrong War, a History of the Afghanistan War; and Into the Fire, also a New York Times Bestseller and One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War. With retired Marine General James N. Mattis, he wrote the forthcoming book, No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy. His articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Infantry Order of St. Crispin, West is the recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Colby Military History Award, the Marine Corps Heritage Award (twice), the Goodpaster Prize for Military Scholarship, the Father Clyde E. Leonard Award, the Free Press Award, the Marine Corps Correspondents’ Distinguished Performance Award, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ National Media Award, and the Marine Corps Russell Award for Leadership. He and his wife Betsy reside in Newport, RI and Hilton Head, SC.

Bing West- Author
Apr 24, 2018