2017 Future of North Carolina Forum

December 5, 2017

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Accelerating North Carolina’s Future > North Carolina expects to add nearly 2 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?  This year’s event will focus on innovation as a key to securing North Carolina’s prosperity, and will explore the latest cutting-edge advancements in the areas of Vision 2030’s four pillars: Education & Talent Supply; Competitive Business Climate; Infrastructure & Growth Leadership; and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

As one of our state’s most important leaders, please join us for an engaged discussion on securing North Carolina’s future. Your influence and expertise are critical to ensuring our state is prepared for monumental growth, and your voice is an important part of this discourse.

Get engaged: #FutureofNC


What: 2017 Future of North Carolina Forum | Innovation: Fueling North Carolina’s Prosperity
When: Tuesday, December 5, 11:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Where: Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel | 4100 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609
Special Hotel Rate: Book by Monday, November 13, for a special room rate of $189

Registration and Sponsorships


Ticket Pricing:

Cornerstone/Board Members: Early-Bird $300 | Regular $350 | Late $400
Members: Early-Bird $350 | Regular $400 | Late $450
Non-Members: Early-Bird $450 | Regular $500 | Late $550

The deadline for early-bird pricing is Tuesday, November 7. Late registration pricing starts on Thursday, November 30.  Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 1.

**We kindly ask that you check with your company to determine your member status prior to registering. Non-members who register at the Member or Cornerstone rate will be required to pay the owed difference prior to the event. 

Draft Agenda


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration Opens/Lunch Buffet

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Opening Remarks
Rusty Harris, President, PSNC Energy
Greg Winkler, Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
The Report Card is Out:  Progress Update on Vision 2030
Lew Ebert, CEO, North Carolina Chamber

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Evolution of North Carolina’s Business Climate through Innovation
Harry Reynolds, Director of Health Industry Transformation, IBM Global Healthcare and Life Science Industry
Daniel Sanford, Digital Strategy and Innovation, Wells Fargo
Dr. Michael Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
Moderator: Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership, LLC

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Networking Break 

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Keynote:  Harnessing Your Power to Create Change
Derreck Kayongo, Top 10 CNN Hero, Founder of the Global Soap Project and CEO for the National Center of Civil and Human Rights

As Founder of the Global Soap Project, Kayongo has built a multi-million dollar venture which takes recycled soap and distributes it through global health programs to people who lack access to it around the world. He breaks down the key factors that have led to his personal success; (S.E.L.F.) Service, Education, Leadership and Faith and shares his account of life as a Ugandan refugee and the turning point which led him to a brilliant transformation as a social entrepreneur. He calls upon audiences to stop complaining and to start taking responsibility, to consistently seek opportunities to improve, and most importantly, to maintain faith in one’s self and one’s team to create an environment where everyone is empowered to thrive. He brings audiences on an emotional journey—there will be tears of joy; most of the time, laughter. But every time, the story is real.

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
The Future of Transportation: Automation and Innovation
Jeffrey M. Barghout, CEO, Robocist
Keith Brandis, Director of Product Planning, Volvo Group North America
Chris Gibson, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Subject Matter Expert, NC Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation
Moderator:  Joe Milazzo, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Alliance

When most people think of autonomous vehicles, they think of self-driving cars. But what about all of the vehicles carrying durable goods? What about the implications for public transit, rideshares, aviation and infrastructure? And what will this mean for traffic safety, insurance, commerce and the economy? Join us as we explore North Carolina’s autonomous revolution.

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Networking Break

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Innovative Strategies for Improving Talent Supply in North Carolina

Dr. Eric Hall, Superintendent, North Carolina Innovative School District, NC Department of Public Instruction
Glen Hammack, Leap Program Director, Fidelity Investments
Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager, US Community Partnerships, GSK
Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent, Bladen County Schools
Moderator: Melanie Sanders, Producer and Media Trainer, Walk West

5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Rusty Harris, President, PSNC Energy

5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

Continuing Education Credit

FORMAT: Live Group Study

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