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Past Speakers

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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2016 – Schanzer, David

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Sept 12, 2016

David Schanzer, J.D.. – Associate Professor 

Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

 

David Schanzer is an associate professor of the practice at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy University and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, a research consortium between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International. In these capacities, he teaches courses, conducts research and engages in public dialogue on counter-terrorism strategy, counter-terrorism law and homeland security.

 

Schanzer is the lead author of a widely cited National Institute of Justice study on domestic radicalization – “Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim Americans” (2010) – and a report on “Improving Strategic Risk Management at the Department of Homeland Security,” published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.  He is a member of the Countering Violent Extremism Leadership Forum and has been a Research Fellow for the National Intelligence Council.

 

Prior to his academic appointments, Schanzer was the Democratic staff director for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005. He previously served as the legislative director for Sen. Jean Carnahan (2001-2002), counsel to Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (1996-1998), and counsel to Sen. William S. Cohen (1994-1996).

 

His positions in the executive branch include special counsel, Office of General Counsel, Department of Defense (1998-2001) and trial attorney, United States Department of Justice (1992-94). Schanzer was a clerk for U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro and in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States.

 

Schanzer is a graduate of Harvard College where he received an A.B. cum laude in government in 1985 and of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review from 1987-1989. Schanzer has appeared on international, national and local radio and television discussing terrorism and homeland security and is the author of more than 40 op-ed articles on these subjects that have appeared in newspapers around the country and on-line.

 

David Schanzer hosts a weekly podcast about Security Issues called On Security.

 

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2016 – Woodard, Doug

About Our Speaker


Doug Woodard, Managing Vice President, Customer Channels US Card Operations
As Managing Vice President of Customer Channels for Capital One’s US Card Operations, Doug Woodard is responsible for all customer contacts across phone and online channels, for Capital One Branded Card and Partnership Card portfolios (private label and co-brand cards). The Customer Channels organization delivers on a full spectrum of customer needs including customer service, fraud, disputes, collections, recoveries, and customer fulfillment functions that include providing statements, direct mail and plastics.  In addition, his organization provides the critical horizontal support functions that enable such an extensive network including training, knowledge management, workforce management, voice of the customer programs, and complaint resolution.  The Customer Channels operations span more than 20 sites, 17,000 agents in seven countries, including internal on-shore, offshore captive, third party suppliers and work at home agents.   More than 10,000 of these agents are Capital One associates.

Growing up in upstate New York, Doug attended SUNY Albany for both his undergraduate and master’s degrees.  Currently, he resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Noel and their college-age daughter.

 

Prior to joining Capital One, Doug held executive roles at both Staples and Citi, leading extensive customer service operations, as well as accountability for customer experience strategy.  Prior leadership positions included roles at L. L. Bean and Accenture.

 

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2015 – Colopy, Joe

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Joe Colopy, Founder & CEO – Bronto Software

Joe Colopy is Founder and CEO of Bronto Software. Bronto provides a cloud-based commerce marketing automation platform to mid-market and enterprise organizations worldwide. Bronto is the number one ranked email marketing provider to the Internet Retailer Top 1000, with a client roster of leading brands, including Armani Exchange, Timex, Samsonite, Theory and Vince Camuto.

 

In 2002, Joe founded Bronto out of his house with Chaz Felix and grew it to employ over 280 people in its headquarters in Durham, North Carolina and across its offices in London, Sydney, New York and Los Angeles. In June 2015, Bronto was acquired by NetSuite (NYSE: N) for $200 million, making it one of the largest acquisitions ever of a bootstrapped cloud-based company.

 

Joe is a past winner of Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas. Earlier in his career, he was an online marketer for Red Hat and a teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps (Seychelles Islands). He earned an AB in Computer Science from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2015 – Newton, Paul

May 11, 2015

Paul Newton, State President – North Carolina, Duke Energy

Paul Newton is president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in North Carolina, serving approximately 3.2 million electric retail customers. He is responsible for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives and managing state and local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development and community affairs. He assumed his current position in January 2013.

 

Newton previously served as senior vice president and special advisor to Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of strategy, rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics for Duke Energy. Before that, he had more than 18 years of experience serving as legal counsel for the company’s utility operations.Newton began his career with Duke Power in October 1990 as a senior attorney. Since then, he has assumed increasing legal responsibilities, as well as corporate accountabilities following Duke Energy’s formation with the merger of Duke Power and Pan Energy in June 1997. In August 2001, he was named vice president and general counsel for Duke Power, with responsibility for delivering legal advice and solutions, and managing the company’s legal staff and budget. Following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006, Newton was named senior vice president and general counsel for Duke Energy’s U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas organization. In December 2008, Newton joined the U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas business segment to become senior vice president of strategy, rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics.

 

A native of Eden, N.C., Newton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program. Newton is a member of the state bars of the District of Columbia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and New Mexico.

 

Newton currently serves on the executive committee of the North Carolina Chamber and is a member of its foundation board. He is a member of the CEO Advisory Council for the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. He is also a member of the board of directors for Leadership North Carolina. Newton has served in a number of industry leadership posts, including past chair of the Southern Chapter of the Energy Bar Association. He is a past member of the Planning Committee of the Edison Electric Institute Lawyers Committee, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the American Corporate Counsel Association. He was named to Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

 

Newton was born in 1960. He and his wife, Melanie, have three daughters and a son.

 

Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

2015 – Landguth, Michael

March 9, 2015

President and CEO Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Michael Landguth serves as President and CEO of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He assumed the position on November 14, 2011. As President and CEO, Michael is responsible for RDU’s overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations. He arrived in North Carolina with more than 17 years’ experience in the aviation industry.Under his leadership, airport staff developed a strategic business plan to guide the organization’s activities and support its growth. Major activities for the organization include the $80 million renovation of Terminal 1. Michael also launched the airport’s first asset management program that will culminate in a five-year plan for maintaining the airport’s $1.2B in physical assets.

 

In his first two years at the helm, RDU reached its goal of increased access to the West coast with the launch of non-stop service to San Francisco and expanded service to Los Angeles. Locally, RDU was recognized as the 4th healthiest employer in the region. Fitch Ratings also reaffirmed the airport’s AA- rating and maintained its stable outlook for the airport.

 

Prior to joining the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, he served as CEO and President of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. In this position he secured more than $70 million in grant funding for airport infrastructure development, led the community effort to raise matching funds for a Small Community Air Service Development Grant and secured three new airlines and eight new non-stop destinations. Michael is an Accredited Airport Executive and a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Airport Executives. He also serves as the chairman of Airports Council International-North America’s Medium Hub Caucus. Landguth is a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

>Michael and his wife, Page, have two daughters, Ashley and Jennifer.

2015 – Schmitt, Harvey

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President Emeritus Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Harvey Schmitt, president emeritus of the Greater Raleigh Chamber, has been a tireless advocate for improving the community’s economy and quality of life. His fingerprints can be found on almost every major community initiative over the past 20 years.

 

Before retiring from the Chamber in June, Schmitt spent 21 years as president and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber and 43 years as a chamber professional.

 

During his tenure, the Raleigh Chamber played a role in building the market by:

 

  • Building the PNC Arena and attracting the NHL Carolina Hurricanes to the market
  • Establishing and funding five consecutive five-year strategic economic and community development programs. These initiatives have generated billions of dollars in economic growth.
  • Creating the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, the catalyst for much of downtown’s renaissance
  • Recruiting Red Hat and RBC (now PNC) to downtown Raleigh
  • Building the Raleigh Convention Center
  • Creating the Regional Transportation Alliance to advocate for transportation investments to coincide with the market’s growth.
  • Constructing the Triangle Expressway, the first modern toll road in North Carolina and the largest road construction project in the state’s history
  • Passing over $3 billion of school construction bonds, including major bond campaigns in 2006 and 2013

 

Prior to his role in Raleigh, Schmitt was president of the Greater Tampa (FL) and the Greater Greenville (SC) Chambers, general manager of the Jacksonville (FL) Chamber, and executive vice president of the Dubuque (IA) Chamber. Schmitt has served on a number of professional and civic boards, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, St. Augustine’s University, Kids and Community Foundation, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and many more. Some of Schmitt’s recent awards include The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North Carolina (2015); Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award from the Wake Education Partnership (2015); Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (2015); Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors Community Foundation Award (2015); Lifetime Legacy Award from the Occoneechee Council Boy Scouts of America (2015); Impact Award from the Triangle chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (2015); Distinguished Leadership Award from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (2014). William Peace University awarded Schmitt an honorary doctorate of business in 2012, and a scholarship was endowed in his honor Saint Augustine’s University in 2015.