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Past Speakers

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.

2018 – Sinsheimer, Joe

Joe SinsheimerSeptember 10th, 2018

Joe Sinsheimer is the Managing Director of the Wolfpack Investor Network. Sinsheimer has been involved in angel investing for twenty-five years. He has been a member of four different angel capital groups and also was the manager of his own venture fund, Sunflower Ventures I, which focused on the adtech/marketing industry.  Sinsheimer also was the founder and President of The Sinsheimer Group, a political consulting and crisis communications company from 1992-2004.  During that time, Sinsheimer worked on 135 campaigns across the country as well as for six Fortune 500 companies.

Sinsheimer also was a co-founder and CFO of Digital Education Systems, a Denver-based company focused on training software developers on open source technologies and has served on the board of a half dozen private companies.

2018 – Eshraghi, Chelsea

Chelsea EshraghiSeptember 10th, 2018

Prior to joining the Carolina Angel Network, Chelsea was a Senior Associate at Casla Capital Management, a New York based private equity fund with a focus on lower middle market special situations.  While at Casla, Chelsea was responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, due diligence, execution and operations.  She previously held trading positions at boutique investment banks Imperial Capital and Global Hunter Securities where she was responsible for trading industrial, retail and European high yield debt.

2017 – Foehl, Ph.D., Jamie

jamiefoehlJamie Foehl is a Senior Applied Researcher at the Center For Advanced Hindsight (CAH) – Dan Ariely’s Research lab at Duke University. Jamie joined the lab in 201l. Her first day of work was spent at a criminal justice center running dishonesty experiments with parolees. Her work focuses on applying Behavioral Economics to the real world. Jamie does field research and studies decisions people make about their money and their health. Today she will focus on decisions people make about whether or not to tell the truth.

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2017 – Malik, Steve

stevemalikSteve Malik is a visionary entrepreneur with three decades of health information technology experience and a pioneer in patient portals, electronic health records, and full risk managed care systems. He is also the chairman and owner of the North Carolina Football Club (formerly Carolina RailHawks) based in Cary, NC, and playing its home games at WakeMed Soccer Park. Malik bought North Carolina FC in October 2015, fulfilling a longstanding wish of the fans to bring the team under local ownership.

 

Malik’s arrival at the club marked a new era as it celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. Not only does Malik have deep ties to the Triangle area business community, he is also a passionate soccer fan having played in high school and coached at the youth level. His ambition is to bring the highest level of professional soccer to the Triangle.

 

In December of 2016, Malik took the first steps to fulfill his vision by announcing a series of initiatives that would bring the highest level of professional soccer to the Triangle. Malik announced a brand repositioning with the name change to North Carolina Football Club, his desire to secure a Major League Soccer franchise for the Triangle, the intention to build a 22,000-seat purpose-built stadium and his plan to bring a NWSL First Division women’s professional soccer team to the area.

 

On January 9, 2017 Malik announced the acquisition of the Western NY Flash of the NWSL bringing the team to the Triangle and renaming it North Carolina Courage. The NC Courage will begin play in April of 2017 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

 

Currently, Malik is Executive Chairman of Medfusion, a Cary, NC company he founded in 1996 and re-acquired in August 2013. Prior to this role, he was Senior Vice President of Intuit, and President and General Manager of the Intuit Health Group, the company’s fastest-growing business unit. He led the business unit’s initiatives to strengthen the relationship between physician practices and their patients by making communication and the ability to accomplish key tasks better, easier, and more efficient. Malik joined Intuit in May 2010 following their acquisition of Medfusion. In 2010, he was a finalist for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

Under Malik’s leadership, Medfusion has grown from a medical website development company to the leading provider of enhanced healthcare communication solutions. His vision created a portfolio of solutions that let healthcare providers offer superior service to their patients while improving office efficiency and generating revenue. The US government now requires Malik’s vision in legislation to digitize the industry and reduce costs.

 

Malik earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the principle in a venture capital firm investing in software and environmentally friendly technology opportunities primarily in the Southeast US. Malik has 4 children and enjoys soccer, fishing, and sailing in his free time.

 

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2017 – Levitt, Sarah

sarahlevittSarah Levitt is a nationally renowned leadership expert, regularly invited to work with some of the world’s finest leaders, propelling them to even greater success and driving exceptional business outcomes. The leading authority on Magnificent Leadership™, Sarah’s clients optimize their talents and strengths within the chaotic, high stakes environments in which they lead. Described as a trusted and sounding board and guide, Sarah melds practical business acumen with keen listening and insightful questioning, creating unprecedented results. Her clients are corporate executives of Fortune 500 companies and their leadership teams and include multinational organizations, spanning the industries of chemical manufacturing, technology, commercial real estate, banking, healthcare, professional services, and more.

Sarah is sought as a speaker for international conferences and leadership summits. A sampling of her engagements include: American Bankers Association, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Hewlett- Packard, BASF, Oracle, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and the New York Bankers Association.

Sarah conceived, created, and launched The Making Magnificence Project® and is author of the forthcoming book on this topic due out in 2017. She is a columnist for The Financial Manager and a lifelong learner with more than 20 years of business experience in strategy, operations, and organizational growth. An exemplar in leadership and business, Sarah grew her first company from start-up to capturing 40% of the NC market and was recruited to coach in the elite e-MBA program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

 


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2017 – Morano, Sheri

sherimoranopicSheri Morano, MW, found her interest in wine initially sparked during a trip to Italy when she was 17. She began her formal wine education at the International Wine Center in New York City in 1997 following graduation from Duke University, where she majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Classical Studies with a minor in Art History.

At the IWC, where she later became an instructor, Sheri completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Intermediate Certificate in 1998 and the WSET Advanced Certificate in 1999. In October of 2000 she completed the WSET Diploma and the following year passed the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exam designed by the Society of Wine Educators to promote higher standards among wine educators in the United States. In November 2003, Sheri earned the esteemed title Master of Wine.

With a background anchored in interdisciplinary studies, Sheri enjoys working in a variety of fields within the wine industry. She is a partner at Wine Ring, the market leader in consumer preference technology, and also consults for a number of companies including Strategic Insights, Inc., a full-service marketing research firm, and Nomacorc. In 2012, she founded the Triangle Wine School which offers the WSET certifications to wine lovers and trade professionals in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Sheri also serves as a Senior Account Advisor for Chai Consulting, which under the direction of Maureen Downey specializes in wine cellar planning and inventory management strategies as well as fine & rare wine authentication. An experienced wine judge, Sheri has judged at competitions around the world.

Sheri resides in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, son, and an assortment of cats, dogs, birds and fish. In her spare time she enjoys running, gardening, traveling, cooking and cheering for her beloved Duke Blue Devils.

The Triangle Wine School

The Triangle Wine School offers the wine certifications of the UK-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Whether you are a member of the wine trade or simply a wine lover, the WSET classes offered by the Triangle Wine School will add to your understanding and appreciation of wine. The Triangle Wine School’s WSET classes are a unique opportunity to learn about wine in a structured classroom setting with an experienced, certified instructor. www.trianglewineschool.com

 

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2017 – Curran, Valerie Paige

valeriecurranAfter stepping into that first dance class at the age of 6, Valerie knew that dance would be an important part of her life for a long time. Before attending NC State University to major in chemical engineering, she danced with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet and Tap Company at Fletcher’s School of Dance in Asheville, NC where she performed lead roles in the Nutcracker as well as danced competitively in tap and jazz. At NC State, Valerie was a dancer and captain of the NC State Dance Team for 4 years.

After college, she danced professionally for the Carolina Cobras Arena Football team and then moved to Philadelphia to cheer professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team. While an Eagles cheerleader for 4 years and captain of the team for 2 years, she performed in the Super Bowl, in Bosnia and Kosovo for the troops stationed there, in Hong Kong in the Chinese New Year Parade, on tv shows such as Cold Pizza and Good Morning America, and was featured in publications such as FHM, Fantasy Football Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

Valerie also has a knack for planning. While in Philly, she worked for Max and Me Catering at the National Constitution Center as a sales manager and wedding specialist.  There she planned weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and corporate events for clients such as Comcast, HBO, Subaru, KPMG, GSK, and Dikembe Mutombo.

Now back in Raleigh with her husband, Eric, and 3 dogs, Nuala, Sulley, and Cocoa Bean, Valerie is excited to combine her two passions and “Elevate” events with live performances!

About Elevate

Elevate was founded in 2010 on the idea of bringing together talented dancers in the Raleigh area to create an exciting and entertaining atmosphere at any special event. What started out as a shared dream and passion between director/choreographer Amy Bates and performer/planner Valerie Curran has quickly become a flourishing performance company providing entertainment to an array of events such as corporate meetings, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, concerts, nightclubs, trade shows, grand openings, festivals, and many other special events.

We can be seen performing most often in Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC, and Charlotte, NC but our clients have hired us to perform at events all over the East Coast and beyond including Asheville, New Orleans, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, New York, Tampa, Atlanta, Columbia, Arizona, Aruba, Punta Cana, and Grand Cayman to name just a few.

2017 – Hare, Ph.D, Brian

brianhareDr. Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and subsequently founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center when arriving at Duke University.

Dr. Hare has published dozens of empirical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society, Current Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Biology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. His publications on dog cognition are among the most heavily cited papers on dog behavior and intelligence.

His research consistently received national and international media coverage over the last decade and has been featured in the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Wired, Science magazine, CNN and ABC (Australia). He has been a frequent guest on radio programs including the BBC and American National Public Radio. He has also been featured in multiple documentaries from production companies such as National Geographic (U.S.), BBC (U.K.), Nova (U.S.), RTL (Germany), SBS (Korea) and Globo (Brazil). Dr. Hare is frequently invited to give lectures on his research on dog intelligence. For example, in 2009 he gave the keynote addresses at the annual conferences for both Assistance Dog Training Society and Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which are both among the largest dog training societies in the U.S.

In 2004 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under age 40. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under 36.



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2016 – Christensen, Rob

robchristensenbioRob Christensen, Columnist

News & Observer

 

Rob Christensen has been writing about North Carolina politics as a reporter and columnist for The News and Observer for 43 years. He has also appeared on more than 550 TV and radio programs to comment on politics including the CBS Evening News, MSNBC”s Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, CNN’s Crossfire and Happening Now on Fox News. In 2008, UNC Press published his history of 20th century politics, The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics, which won the award for the best work of non fiction that year by the N.C. Literary and Historical Association. He is currently finishing a book on the Scott family political dynasty. He has also contributed to four other books on Southern or North Carolina life or politics.

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