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SAS Executive Briefing Center, CAry

January 29, 2016

More than 200 people gathered at SAS for focused discussions on leadership, purpose, education, energy, analytics, and communication. We hope the conversations started that day have continued long beyond the Forum. We are pleased to be able to share with you the Forum speaker presentations and videos.

2016 LNC Forum Program and Speaker Directory

Meet the speakers


2016 LNC Forum


Leadership Keynote – Leadership in Action – Jesse Cureton, Chief Consumer Officer, Novant Health
(Presentation) (Video)

Growing a Company the Right Way – Jenn Mann, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, SAS
(Presentation) (Video)

Steps Toward a More Just Economy – Dr. Martin Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer, JUST Capital
(Presentation) (Video)

Closing Keynote – Kevin Trapani, Chief Executive Officer, The Redwoods Group

Breakout Topics

Purpose-Driven Communication that SOARS: What to Say, When to Say It, How to Say It
Dr. Michael Blackwell, President, Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina
(No presentation) (Video)

Purpose-Driven Data – Analytics for Social Impact
Will Jones, Child Well Being Specialist, State and Local Government, SAS

A Discussion on the Future of North Carolina Energy
Rye Barcott, Managing Partner, Double Time Capital
David Fountain, North Carolina President, Duke Energy
Donald Raikes, Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Business Development, Dominion Energy
Frank Yoho, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Piedmont Natural Gas
Moderator: Ben Kinney, Publisher, Business North Carolina Magazine
(No presentation)

Intentional Leadership
Dr. Bauback Yeganeh, Principal, Everidian
(No presentation)

Early Childhood – Why It’s Everyone’s Business
Lisa Finaldi, Community Engagement Leader, North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation
Tracy Zimmerman, Executive Director, North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation
Additional follow-up material: NC Early Childhood FoundationMission Readiness, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Harvard Center on the Developing Child, Heckman Equation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

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To learn how to get involved in the 2017 Leadership North Carolina Forum, please contact Brian Etheridge at (919) 803-5326.
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Many thanks to all of the 2016 Leadership North Carolina Forum sponsors.


Diamond Sponsor

Novant Health

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