As a retired chief engineer at General Dynamics, George has 40 years of technical leadership experience in the defense industry. His expertise includes engineering excellence and on-time production, program execution, risk management and strategic planning. George led teams for 30+ years in nuclear submarine construction and spent nine years supporting defense intelligence organizations.
Craig is managing partner of Six Disciplines Triangle, whose team offers leadership development, business planning, management best practices, performance management and technology application. Craig is very active in the community, serving on and chairing several nonprofit boards. He has both a B.S. and a master’s degree from the University of Toledo.
Elizabeth is a financial advisor in Durham. Elizabeth’s previous nonprofit experience includes a stint as a loaned executive to the United Way of Central Alabama and employment as the development director for the Triangle Go Red for Women campaign. Elizabeth is an active member of the Durham Rotary Club and the Junior League of Durham and Orange counties.
A senior financial analyst at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) since 2011, Morgan has experience in investment management, reporting, analytics and project management. Morgan is active in the Young Professionals Networks in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and within BCBSNC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S.B.A. degree in finance, real estate and German.
Samantha is the vice president of the business process excellence and project management office at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). She has been with BCBSNC since 1996 and has served in several leadership roles across the company including sales and marketing, operations and human resources. Samantha is actively involved in the community with several nonprofits. She has dual master’s degrees (MBA/MHA), is certified in coaching, change leadership and business leadership development and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Linda is vice president of marketing and audience development at the North Carolina Symphony. She previously worked for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) as director of marketing. Linda also has a great deal of experience working with nonprofits and served as general manager of the Durham Symphony. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jean, a retired attorney who specialized in trusts, estates and tax planning, is also a former teacher at the law schools of both Duke University and Wake Forest University. She has considerable nonprofit experience, having worked with the United Way of Forsyth County, the UNC School of the Arts Foundation, the Salvation Army and the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.
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Megan is the vice president of corporate communications at 2U, a publicly traded education technology company. Her broad range of experience includes leading communications, fundraising, events and strategic consulting efforts for nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa and Asia, including the ALS Association and the Canadian Cancer Society. She has a B.S. from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Currently the head of patient services IT at Biogen, Saleem is a technology leader with 25 years of diverse global experience in the pharmaceutical, health care, travel and technology industries. He has served on nonprofit boards for more than six years. Saleem holds an M.S. in computer science from the University of Florida, an MBA from Pfeiffer University and an executive certificate in management and leadership from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Bobby is a senior fellow at the American Council on Education. He has over 26 years of nonprofit and education-related service. Bobby spent 18 years at UNC as a professor, dean and administrator, and his specialties include higher education, policy analysis and grant writing. He earned a B.A. in religion and an M.A. in psychology from the University of Richmond, and he holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Candice is a strategic account lead of digital and creative services at TEKsystems, where she also contributes to regional diversity and inclusion efforts. She has experience in account management, market research, contract negotiations and client relationship management. Candice is a volunteer with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Wake County Literacy Council. She has a B.S. degree in business administration and a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mike is the vice president of global IT and data center services at Clinipace Worldwide, a digital contract research organization (CRO) headquartered in North Carolina. Having been in the IT industry since 1996, Mike has served as IT senior systems administrator, site manager and support engineer with several businesses, including other CROs and software companies.
A senior portfolio analyst at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Chris has experience with strategic planning, financial analysis, management consulting, process improvement, portfolio management and finance. He has served for several years on boards, including the Durham Small Business Advisory Board and the Natural Capital Investment Board. Chris earned his B.S. in computer science from Morehouse College and his M.S. from Emory University.
Chris is currently an MBA candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, Chris spent the last five years working in the banking industry in New York. He started his career at Barclays before moving to a relationship management role at The Bank of New York Mellon where he provided solutions to the firm’s largest institutional clients. Chris is a dedicated volunteer, serving as a “Big” through Big Brothers Big Sisters and working with PENCIL to improve college and career readiness in public schools. At Fuqua, Chris serves as an Admissions Ambassador and a Fuqua2Duke mentor, and he is an active member of the Consulting Club.
Jenny is currently working toward her master’s degree at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has several years of experience as a math teacher and tutor. She also worked as a technical content developer for an educational technology company and ran a volunteer tutorig program for a STEM early college high school.
Jacqueline is currently working toward an MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, she spent eight years working in nonprofit development with the American Heart Association and Grameen Foundation. Throughout her career, Jacqueline worked on many fundraising events including galas and community walks, the largest of which had 10,000 attendees and raised $1.5 million for the organization. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Jacqueline received a B.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.