2015 Future Forum

December 7, 2015


What: 2015 Future of North Carolina Forum

When: Monday, December 7 | 7:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: The Umstead Hotel and Spa | 100 Woodland Pond Dr. | Cary, NC 27513
(Complimentary valet service available)

NC Chamber Cornerstone Member Ticket | $249*
> Special- Buy Two Cornerstone Member Tickets, Get One Free ($498 total)
(*Includes Board Members & Foundation Investors)

NC Chamber Member Ticket | $299
> Special – Buy Two Member Tickets, Get One Free ($598 total)

Non-Member Attendee Ticket | $349

Hotel rooms are available at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle for $149 on Dec. 6 & 7. Call 919-677-1840 to make your reservation!

Accelerating North Carolina’s Future

North Carolina expects to add nearly 3 million people between now and 2030. If that happens, North Carolina will become the seventh most populous state in the country. It begs the question: Are We Ready? Do we have the necessary infrastructure in place? Enough clean water? And will job growth keep pace with the growth of our population? As one of our state’s most important leaders, please join us for an engaged discussion on securing North Carolina’s future.

This exclusive, Invitation-only event will address those questions and will help find ways to use our collective influence to shape our future by leading on a number of initiatives critical to our state’s prosperity.

Your business has made a tremendous investment in North Carolina and we know that you are deeply interested in our state’s future. Please register today to join us this December. In the meantime, thank you for helping to make North Carolina a great place for business.

This is an invite-only, ticketed event designed for executive level professionals and will not be open to the public. For those with invitations, follow the registration link below and have your password and personal information ready. Please feel free to invite additional members of your organization that may also have the authority to speak on behalf of the company. If you have decision-making authority for your company, and would like to request an invitation please email Wesley Gappens

Registration for the 2015 Future of North Carolina Forum is now closed. 

 Engage with us: #FutureofNC

Presenting Sponsor:


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Event Supporter:

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7:00 – 7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens/Buffet Breakfast Available
Master of Ceremonies, Anne Lloyd, EVP, CFO and treasurer Martin Marietta
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7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
Java with the General – Lessons in Leadership
General Hugh Shelton
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8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Nurturing Infrastructure and Growth
Ed Weisiger, president and CEO, Carolina CAT
Diane Leopold, president, Dominion Energy
Ward Nye, president and CEO, Martin Marietta
Sepi Saidi, president/CEO of SEPI Engineering & Construction, Inc. (Moderator)
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8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Education & Talent Supply: Closing the Skills Gap
Dr. David DeLong, president, Smart Workforce Strategies
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9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Economic Outlook for North Carolina
Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist, Wells Fargo
Michael L. Walden, Ph D., Wm Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, NCSU
Ted Abernathy, managing partner, Economic Leadership LLC (Moderator)
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10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Update on North Carolina Vision 2030 – A Plan for Accelerating Job Growth and Securing North Carolina’s Future
Lew Ebert, president, North Carolina Chamber

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Creating a Competitive Business Climate
Ricky Brown, president, BB&T
Jack Bailey, president of U.S. pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline
Sharon Delaney McCloud, managing partner, Greenroom Communications LLC (Moderator)
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11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat
Tom Pike, president and CEO, Quintiles
Bob Ingram, general partner, Hatteras Venture Partners
Joydeep Ganguly, vice president & general manager, Biogen
Sharon Delaney McCloud (Moderator)
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11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch and Closing Session

12:15 – 2:00 p.m.
2016 Election: Reading the Tea Leaves & What it Means to North Carolina
Larry Sabato, Ph. D. election analyst and author; University of Virginia’s professor of politics; founder and head of the UVA Center for Politics
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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made no later than five business days prior to the program for a full refund. After this date, no cash refunds will be granted. Substitutions are welcome.

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