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Johnson C. Smith #ELGLInspire Speaker: Sean Langley

Posted on January 30, 2020


Sean Langley

#ELGLInspire is at Johnson C. Smith University on January 30th! Learn more about our event speakers in these brief profiles, and connect with them before and after the event! To find information about all of the speakers, visit the #ELGLInspire homepage.


Sean Langley

Project Coordinator

Charlotte Planning, Design and Development

Long Range & Strategic Planning

E-mail | 704-336-3642


What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?

Stock Boy at Hecht’s Department Store

What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?

Undergraduate: Johnson C. Smith University

Graduate School: UNC Charlotte

B.A Sociology, M.A Sociology

What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?  

Introduction to Sociology

Social Inequality: Race, Class and Gender

Race/Ethnic Relations

Urban Studies

What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brene’ Brown    Definitely.  Leadership is not about titles or the corner office.  More importantly, it’s about being vulnerable, living into our values and having the courage to confront our fears.

What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?  

Networking is the key to employment.

Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?

Local government represents the citizens in determining specific local needs.  This is everything from how our city is built, transportation options, parks/greenways, housing and many other areas of our everyday lives.  It’s a very broad field and great people, good pay and great benefits.

Do you have a work or life motto? What is it? 

Longevity is in the dirt. – Kendrick Lamar

The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.  – James Baldwin

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