Johnson C. Smith #ELGLInspire Speaker: Dr. Shaun Ward

Posted on January 30, 2020

Dr. Shaun Ward

#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.

Dr. Shaun Ward

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Professional Development – Training Academy


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

Burger King

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

Graduate: University of Phoenix

Doctorate: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership (D.Mgt.)

Masters: Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Undergraduate: Brevard College        

Bachelors: Integrated Studies w/ emphasis in Criminal Justice and Computer Information Systems w/ minor Pre-Law (B.A.)

Associates: General Studies (A.A.)

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

Because the law enforcement profession has so many intricacies within it, I believe each course plays a role for me in my work today.

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

I am currently reading Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute. Yes, I would recommend it.

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

I would always offer the advice for job seekers to always present your best self because, regardless of the environment, you always on a job interview with everyone you come into contact with.

What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).

The fastest way to NOT get a job or internship is being untruthful.  Avoid being someone else.  Be authentic and never try to be someone other than yourself during an interview.  

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

I would say a career working in local government would allow students to gain a complete understanding of what it means to serve along with witnessing firsthand how decisions are made and the impact of them on the community.

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

My work motto: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” – Anais Nin.  Always look at the opportunity to learn from people, places, and things.  Everyday work towards creating a better you with intentionality.

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