Dr. Ethel Drayton-Craig is a dynamic accomplished community leader, public speaker, success motivator, and creative program developer. She received national exposure through the private sector in the area of executive development, as well as through television, radio, and the print media.
Dr. Drayton-Craig has been an independent consultant to corporations and individuals in Career Center Development, Employee Selection, Stress Management, Success Motivation and Effective Presentations. She was a program planner with implementation, training, and individual counseling for large-scale corporate outplacement projects. Clients included Chemical Bank, Chase Bank, American-Express, Hoffman-La Roche, and Eastman Kodak, among others.
Prior to that, she was a Vice-President for the gold standard of the Human Resources / Outplacement Counseling industry, Drake Beam Morin, Inc., New York, where she created its Pre-Retirement Planning product in 1980.
She practiced as a School Psychologist for the Newark, New Jersey Board of Education and she has been a college administrator in the area of diversity.
In recent years, Dr. Drayton-Craig has served on the Allentown School District Diversity Task Force to create a hiring plan in 2005. She chaired the Diversity Task Force for the Allentown Art Museum.
Her earliest board membership was in the 1970’s for Senator Robert Kennedy’s brainchild: The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Since that time she has been a member and officer of numerous non-profit boards. At this time, she is the President of the Arts Luminarium, a Trustee of the Swain School, and an Executive Board member of the Minsi Trails Council – Boy Scouts of America. She has left a six-year tenure as a member of the Board of Directors of the Allentown Symphony Association and continues to chair its Jazz Committee.
As a Humanities Scholar, Dr. Drayton-Craig was a founding member and coordinator of the Lehigh Valley’s first Black oral history project: The Lehigh Valley Black African Heritage History Project. It has won the 2008 Allentown Human Relations Commission Award and the 2009 Allentown Arts Commission - Arts Ovation Award for the project’s subsequent play, Another River Flows, produced by Touchstone Theatre.
She earned her B.A. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a M.S. and Professional Diploma in School Psychology at Queens College of the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Urban School Psychology at Fordham University.
Dr. Drayton-Craig was ordained as an Elder in Presbytery in 1988.
She successfully completed the legendary Firewalk under the direction of Tony Robbins in 1984.
Ethel has a son who follows her example. He is a junior at Cornell University where he served in student government since his first semester. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, as a representative of the entire undergraduate student body. He is the President of the Cornell Glee Club.