Want to join us at our 2020 Forum?  Save the date for Thursday, January 23, 2020.  We will gather at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh.  More details to come – in the meantime, below is a recap of our 2019 event:


On January 24, 2019, a capacity crowd gathered at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh for dialogue and discussions centered around “Why NC?”.  We hope these conversations continue well beyond the Forum and that the connections made lead to lasting benefits for our state.  The LNC Forum was designed to inform and engage North Carolina leaders and executives regarding issues and opportunities facing our state, with a focus on transforming knowledge into action.

When asked the question “Why NC,” these videos highlight how our guests answered the question:

Our Speakers


Barbara Ashford

Director - Natural Gas Community Relations at Piedmont Natural Gas

Sabrina Bengel

Managing Partner – The Birthplace of Pepsi

Dan Gerlach

President - Golden LEAF Foundation

Vivian Howard

Chef, Television Host, Cookbook Author

Van Nolintha

Co-Founder - Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana

Steve Pearson

Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs - IBM

Marirose Steigerwald

Director of Operations - North Carolina Community Foundation

Our Sponsors

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