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Past Speakers

2023 – Feb. 6th – Jacobson, Shane

Shane Jacobson

Monday, February 6, 2023
Time: 7:00 AM

Guest Speaker: Shane Jacobson,
Chief Executive Officer of the V Foundation

Shane Jacobson is the Chief Executive Officer of the V Foundation. He is an accomplished foundation executive with experience leading record-setting campaigns that align philanthropic partnerships with ambitious goals.

At the V Foundation, Jacobson and the staff have a laser-sharp focus on funding game-changing research and all-star scientists to accelerate victory over cancer and save lives.

Prior to joining the organization, Jacobson served as the President & CEO of the University of Vermont Foundation. His team set an all-time high in fundraising through a highly successful $581 million campaign. Included in this total is nearly $300 million in support of academic medicine and patient care, as well as $43 million for athletics. They also generated substantial investments in research and scientific discovery by more than doubling the number of endowed faculty professorships and chairs, with more than 125 positions now at the University. Additionally, Jacobson was part of a team that cultivated a $66M gift that named UVM’s College of Medicine – which represents the single largest contribution ever to a public university in New England.

A native of Iowa, Jacobson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University, and he completed the Harvard University Management Development Program. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Association of Governing Boards’ Council of Presidents and AGB Foundations Advisory Council and the UVM President’s Commission on Inclusive Excellence.

2019 – Regular Meeting – Nov. 4th

Edmund MaleskyMonday, November 4, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM

Edmund Malesky, Professor of Political Science

Eddy Malesky is a Professor of Political Economy and the Associate Chair of the Political Science Department at Duke University and is a noted specialist in economic development, authoritarian institutions, and comparative political economy in Vietnam. In 2012, Malesky received a state medal from the Government of Vietnam for his role in promoting economic development for USAID’s Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index and, in 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the board of the Vietnam Education Foundation. He has published extensively in the leading political science and economic journals and has received various awards including the Harvard Academy Fellowship and the Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship.

2019 – Regular Meeting – Sept. 4th

Roy CooperWednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM

Roy Cooper has spent nearly three decades in public service protecting families, keeping communities safe, and working to create jobs and improve schools. The son of a school teacher, he knows that education creates opportunity and he has worked throughout his career to strengthen our schools and create a sound foundation for our state’s children.

In the NC House and Senate, Roy Cooper fought to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes. He wrote North Carolina’s first children’s health insurance initiative. During his service in the legislature, Roy Cooper worked with members of both parties to get balanced budgets that raised teacher pay to the national average, grow the economy and cut taxes for middle class families.

In 2000, the people of North Carolina elected Roy Cooper as Attorney General, where he continued to fight for families during his four terms. He cracked down on child predators, worked to increase penalties for drug dealers, and oversaw a sharp decrease in crime. He partnered with law enforcement and school administrators to make schools safer, and helped protect victims of domestic violence and stalking.  He also made protecting consumers a priority, fighting to keep utility rates low, put predatory lenders out of business, and help families fend off telemarketers.

Roy Cooper entered public service to fight for communities like the one where he grew up. Born and raised in Nash County, he attended public schools and worked summers on the family farm before attending UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship. His mother, Beverly Cooper, worked as a school teacher, and his father, Roy Cooper Jr., farmed and practiced law.

After earning a law degree from UNC, Roy Cooper returned home to Nash County to practice law and, with his wife Kristin, raise three daughters – Hilary, Natalie, and Claire.  He taught Sunday School, served as an elder and deacon in his church, and tutored students in local schools.

Roy Cooper believes in the potential of our great state and its people. He knows that we can build a state and an economy that works for everyone. By investing in our public schools and giving students the tools they need to succeed, creating good jobs and raising incomes for the middle class, and strengthening our communities, North Carolinians can live and work in places they are proud to call home.


2019 – Regular Meeting – Jun. 10th

Monday, June 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM

Valerie Hillings

Valerie Hillings

Valerie Hillings became director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in November 2018. Prior to joining the NCMA, she received her B.A. in art history from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Since 2004 she has held senior positions for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation and worked on projects for museums in its global constellation—Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice—and with partner institutions in Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

During her tenure at the Guggenheim, Hillings rose through the curatorial ranks and curated more than 15 exhibitions on four continents, among them RUSSIA! (2005–6); Hanne Darboven: Hommage à Picasso (2006); Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now (2007); Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s (2009); ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s (2014); and The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence (2017). ZERO, inspired by Hillings’s doctoral thesis, was a 2014 AICA nominee for Best Thematic Show in New York, and the exhibition’s website won a Webby Award. She collaborated with artists including Marina Abramović, El Anatsui, Angela Bulloch, Hanne Darboven, Susan Hefuna, Tomás Saraceno, and Günther Uecker on commissions, exhibitions, and public programs.

Hillings provided curatorial leadership for the Patrons Circle, a high-level Guggenheim membership group, and the Middle Eastern Circle affinity group, which supports acquisitions and programming at the Guggenheim Museum on an annual basis. She also served on the New York museum’s photography acquisition committee.

In 2009 she joined the Guggenheim’s dedicated Abu Dhabi Project staff, tasked with planning for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum of modern and contemporary art currently under development in the United Arab Emirates in the Saadiyat Cultural District in Abu Dhabi. As curator and associate director of curatorial affairs, Hillings led a team that brought together leading experts in a variety of art historical fields to develop a strategy for originating for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi a collection of art since the 1960s made around the world in all mediums. She directed a robust acquisitions program, preopening exhibitions, public programs, and publications, realized in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism–Abu Dhabi and aimed at developing local audiences and increasing awareness of the future museum.

In addition to her Guggenheim projects, Hillings has published and publicly lectured on curatorial practice and on various topics in post–World War II art history and contemporary art. She served on the jury for the Kandinsky Prize for Russian contemporary art from 2007 to 2009 and the international ZERO Foundation Scientific Board, Düsseldorf, Germany, from 2011 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017, she was a member of the Board of Advisors for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. In 2016 she was a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York.



Thursday, May 23, 2019
from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)The Pavilion at the Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617   *   View Map


NACEO and TCHROA members, join us on May 23 for the highlight event of the year, an evening at the Pavilion at the Angus Barn.

You and your guest will enjoy the Angus Barn’s impeccable cuisine under the direction of Iron Chef America winner Executive Chef Walter Royal, breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding trees and the nearby lake, and an entertaining, insightful and VALUABLE message from Jason Goldberg.

The #1 International Best-Selling Author + Transformational Speaker + Humorizer of Life Jason Goldberg, Creator of Playful Prosperity, Creator of The Business UNusual System, Co-Host of the Not-So-Serious Life and Co-Host of Master’s Circle.

His blend of humor and transformational, practical teachings have him consistently rated as the #1/favorite speaker at nearly every conference or event where he speaks.

We look forward to having you and a guest join us.

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Cheers,National Association of Chief Executive Officers &
The Triangle CHRO Association

2019 – Regular Meeting – Apr. 8th

Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM

Cyber Security Incidents are increasing in impact to businesses.  Executive leaders must be prepared for what might happen when things go wrong.  This panel discussion will discuss engaging law enforcement in the incident response process before and after a breach.  Cyber incidents that impact business, steal intellectual property or cause financial or other loss happen every day.

Do you know when to call Law Enforcement, how to work with them, and what to expect from them? In this panel, with United States Attorney Matt Martin, members of the FBI, US Attorney’s Office, and Cisco we will receive insights into the answer of these questions.

2019 – Regular Meeting – Feb. 11th

Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM

Mitch PrinsteinMitch Prinstein
UNCCH Director of Clinical Psychology

Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D. is a husband, a father, board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology, and serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mitch’s Peer Relations Lab has been conducting research on popularity and peer relations for almost 20 years, and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, and several private foundations, resulting in over 100 scientific works, including a slew of scientific journal articles, book chapters, a set of encyclopedias on adolescent development, and even a textbook on the field of clinical psychology.

Mitch is deeply committed to science and training in clinical psychology, having served as President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and on the boards of the American Psychological Association, the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology, and publication board of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

He and his research have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Time magazine, New York magazine, Newsweek, Reuters, Family Circle, Real Simple, and elsewhere.

February 11, 2019
PNC Arena Event

2018 – Regular Meeting – Nov. 5th

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM

November 5, 2019

Chris Chung

Chris Chung
Chief Executive Officer

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) is focused on recruiting new businesses to the state, supporting the needs of existing businesses, connecting exporters with customers around the globe, helping small business owners get their start, and attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world.

In pursuit of sustainable job-creation and investment in North Carolina, the EDPNC works closely with public- and private-sector partners at the state, regional and local levels. As a nonprofit public-private partnership, the EDPNC operates under contract with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, while receiving financial support from private companies throughout the state. Governed by a 17-member board of business and industry leaders representative of the entire state, the EDPNC proudly serves as North Carolina’s statewide economic development organization, committed to serving all those looking to invest in, visit or do business with North Carolina.

2018 – Azhar, Salman

Slamar AzharSEPTEMBER 10th, 2018

Salman Azhar is the Managing Director of Duke Angel Network and a faculty member at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and an Entrepreneur in Residence in Computer Science Department. He has more than 25 years in industry and academia, during which he has led talented teams in developing and launching state-of-the-art software systems. Salman is now mostly focused on developing entrepreneurs and launching startups.

Salman co-founded SoftWeb, DecisionStreet, Swans International, and over 30 other startups in the areas of predictive computing, business intelligence, data analytics, and decision support.

Salman’s professional expertise lies in the areas of product management, predictive computing, natural language processing, financial systems, automotive, and health information systems.