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Past Speakers

2013 – Rao, Vikram

Vikram RaoSeptember 9, 2013

Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium

Vikram Rao is Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium www.rtec-rtp.org , a non-profit in energy founded by Duke University, North Carolina State University, RTI International and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its mission is to illuminate national energy priorities, and those of the world by extension, and to catalyze research to address these priorities.

 

Dr. Rao serves on the board of Intelligent Well Controls Ltd. and also advises venture capitalist Energy Ventures AS, and firms BioLargo Inc., Global Energy Talent Ltd. and Integro Earth Fuels Inc. He retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of HalliburtonCompany in 2008 and followed his wife to Chapel Hill, NC, where she is on the faculty. Later that year he took his current position. He also serves on North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission and chairs the Water and Waste Management Committee.

 

Dr. Rao’s book Shale Gas: the Promise and the Peril was released in 2012 by RTI Press and can be found at www.rti.org/shalegasbook . It is written for general audiences and is intended to inform on the heated debate on fracturing for shale gas.

 

Dr. Rao holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, along with a master’s degree and a doctorate in engineering from Stanford University. He is the author of more than 50 publications and has been awarded 36 US patents and foreign analogs.

2013 – Ellis, Lee

Lee Ellis2May 13, 2013

President – Leadership Freedom
Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. After the war he served as an instructor pilot, chief of flight standardization/evaluation, and flying squadron commander. Additionally he commanded two leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel. Lee’s combat decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and the POW medal.

 

Lee Ellis is President and Founder of Leadership Freedom® and FreedomStar Media™. For more than fifteen years he has served as an executive coach and a corporate consultant in the areas of hiring, teambuilding, leadership development, and succession planning. His clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in a variety of industries. Since 1990, Lee has managed the development, validation, and internet deployment of several personality and leadership assessments that have been used by more than 200,000 individuals.

 

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Lee has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. His latest book is entitled Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton. He and his wife Mary reside in Atlanta, GA and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

2013 – Dorrance, Anson

April 18, 2013

Head Coach UNC Women’s Soccer Team

When Anson Dorrance was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008, it marked one more milestone moment in the career of a man whose coaching prowess became legendary at a young age. Because Dorrance has not yet retired from his coaching career, he was only eligible for election on the “Builders of the Game” ballot and he won election to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on that ballot.

 

Like fine wine – with age – the coaching career of Anson Dorrance only gets better. Dorrance proved that again in 2009 as he led his team successfully through one of the most competitive College Cup fields in history as the University of North Carolina won its 21st overall national title and its 20th NCAA crown. Dorrance thus became the first coach in NCAA history to win 20 championships coaching a single sport.

 

Head coach of the North Carolina women’s soccer program since its inception in 1979, Dorrance has built and guided a well-oiled winning machine. Under his direction, the Tar Heels have collected national and conference championships at a stupendous rate, compiled an overall record staggering in its numerical verity, established records likely never to be approached and procured the esteem befitting a dynasty.

 

At an institution familiar with such incomparable achievement, especially with regard to its storied basketball program, it might be possible to think that Dorrance’s accomplishments could somehow fade to the background. But what he has done in Chapel Hill is simply impossible to disregard.

 

Thus, when an expert panel employed by ESPN announced its list of the Best Coaches of the Past Quarter Century on July 28, 2004 – coincidentally headed at the No. 1 spot by legendary Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith – it came as no big surprise that another deserving Tar Heel mentor made the list.

 

That Dorrance, who was ranked No. 24 on the list, was one of only two coaches in the prestigious collection to coach an Olympic sport on the collegiate level only speaks louder about his recognized greatness. More accolades were bestowed on Dorrance with his induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on May 19, 2005 and to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008. He earned those honors while still in the prime of his coaching career, further testament to his ongoing legacy.

2013 – Bailey, Joe

baileyMarch 11, 2013

Managing Director, RSR Partners

Joe is Managing Partner, Global Sport Leadership Advisory Group. The Group advises on effective leadership and solving complex problems that involve vision, strategic alignment, general management/execution, and talent management. Their work is for owners, boards, companies, associations, federations and government entities – all of whom are involved in the “global sport ecosystem.”

 

Joe is uniquely qualified for this role having had hands-on experience in virtually every facet of the business of sport. Joe has held leadership roles – both global and domestic, with the Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League/World League, the National Thoroughbred Horseracing Association, and the InterCompete Group. He has served as CEO of Dolphins Enterprises, the Miami Dolphins, and Dolphins Stadium. Since May 2012, Mr. Bailey has also served as the interim Commissioner of the Big East.

 

Earlier in his career, Joe spent 10 years in executive search consulting where he built and led the Media, Sport and Entertainment practice of a global search firm. During his tenure, he was the Partner in charge of the flagship New York office and completed more than 150 assignments and special projects. His overall experience in building, starting, or turning around complex entities brings a unique insight, perspective, and value.

 

Recognizing Joe’s deep understanding of what is required to build peak performance organizations, the Sporting News called him the most influential recruiter in sports, and included him on its list of The 100 Most Powerful People in Sports. Joe is a frequent media guest speaker on the “Future of Global Sport.”

 

Joe serves on the advisory board of Duke University’s Fuqua Business School’s Center of Leadership and Ethics, is an adjunct professor at Duke Sports Medicine Center, is on the advisory board of Beyond Sport, serves on the Task Force for Diversity for the USOC, and is the relationship partner for the International Academy of Sport, Technology, and Science in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Joe attended the University of North Carolina where he earned his AB in Political Science. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

2013 – Nye, C. Howard

Howard C. Nye, portraitJanuary 14, 2013

President, CEO, Director – Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

C. Howard (Ward) Nye is President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE: MLM). Martin Marietta’s principal operating businesses are Martin Marietta Aggregates – the second largest producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel in the United States ‒ and Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties – a leading U.S. manufacturer of magnesia-based chemical products used in a variety of industrial, agricultural and environmental applications and a producer of dolomitic lime. Martin Marietta’s network of over 300 quarries and distribution facilities spans coast to coast through 28 states, the Bahamas and Nova Scotia.

 

Prior to joining Martin Marietta in 2006, Ward spent 13 years with London-based Hanson PLC’s North American aggregates, hot mix asphalt, ready mixed concrete, cement and construction group headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Hanson was one of the world’s largest suppliers of heavy building materials. At Hanson, Ward held a series of increasingly responsible positions, including Executive Vice President.

 

In addition to his educational, professional and executive roles, Ward has been a gubernatorial appointee to the North Carolina Mining Commission and is currently vice chair and serves on the executive committee of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). He has been a member of the boards of directors of the American Road Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the National Association of Chief Executive Officers. In addition, he has served numerous other state, community and charitable organizations including the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Duke University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Wells Fargo/Wachovia’s Central Regional Advisory Board, and Rex Healthcare, Inc.’s Board of Trustees. Ward was recognized by Aggregates Manager magazine in 2006 as its AggMan of the Year.

 

Ward completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University with honors in 1984; in 1987 Ward received his law degree from Wake Forest University. Ward’s early legal career focused on serving as counsel for a number of construction and building materials companies. As an attorney, Ward was recognized by his peers with Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” rating, indicating highest ethical standards and preeminent legal ability.

 

Ward and his wife, Laura, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina, have been married nearly 25 years and have three children.

2012 – Llewellyn, Grant

grantllewellynNovember 12, 2012

Music Director, North Carolina Symphony

Grant Llewellyn is known throughout the world as a musician of great talent, versatility and passion. Born in Tenby, South Wales, Llewellyn won a conducting fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 1985 where he worked with Bernstein, Ozawa, Masur and Previn.

 

Llewellyn began his tenure as North Carolina Symphony Music Director in 2004. His sophisticated perspective has captured the interest and imagination of everyone he encounters. Critics and audiences alike have noted the passion and concentration of the orchestra under his baton and praise his “transcendent performances” and his “graceful and expressive direction.”

 

To date, Grant Llewellyn has held positions with three European orchestras: principal conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and associate guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Notable recent European guest engagements have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic and BBC Symphony. He has also conducted the Johannesburg (South Africa) Symphony Orchestra.

 

Grant Llewellyn has conducted many orchestras in North America, most notably the symphonies of Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Nashville, Houston, Montreal, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Kansas City and Toronto, as well as the Florida Orchestra. From 2001 to 2006, as music director of the Handel and Haydn Society, America’s leading period orchestra, Llewellyn gained a reputation as a formidable interpreter of music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

 

An accomplished opera conductor, Grant Llewellyn has appeared at the opera companies of English National Opera (The Magic Flute) and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where his repertoire has ranged from Handel’s Radamisto to Alexander Goehr’s Arianna. In 2001 he embarked on a collaboration with acclaimed Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng in a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Spoleto Festival, USA.

 

He has also conducted the North Carolina Symphony in two critically acclaimed recordings for the Swedish label BIS: American Spectrum with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and a 2010 release of concertos by Rachmaninoff and Medtner with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.

2012 – Smith, Robin

October 25, 2012

Assistant Secretary for the Environment
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Robin Smith, Assistant Secretary for the Environment oversees development of major policy initiatives for programs having such diverse responsibilities as the permitting of discharges to surface waters; issuance of air emissions permits; implementation of major grant programs for waste-water and drinking water projects; remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater; permitting of coastal development; and regulation of animal operations.

 

Before being appointed to DENR in September 1999, Robin Smith served in the attorney general’s office for 12 years. During that time, she provided legal representation and guidance to DENR on a variety of environmental issues and served as legal counsel to the state’s Coastal Resources Commission and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. She also served as legal counsel to the state’s mining, sedimentation and radiation protection commissions.

 

Robin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She and her  husband, Michael R. Smith, director of the Institute of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, live in Chapel Hill with their two sons.

2012 – Mockett, Alfred T.

alfredmockett1September 10, 2012

CEO, Dex One

Alfred T. Mockett was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dex One Corporation and to its Board of Directors in September 2010.

 

Mr. Mockett has more than 30 years experience in executive management and strategic decision-making at a number of leading technology, telecommunications and professional services companies.  Prior to joining Dex One, he served as Chairman and CEO of Corinthian Capital LLC, working with private equity companies on a variety of projects, including broadband roll out for rural communities and inner cities under the 2009 stimulus bill.  He also served as Vice Chairman of the Wolftrap Foundation for the Arts and Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development.

 

Mr. Mockett also served as Chairman and CEO of Motive Inc., a leading provider of software management services to communications providers; as Chairman and CEO of American Management Systems, a global business and information technology consulting firm for the U.S. and state governments, and financial services and communications industries; in various executive-management positions during 10 years at BT Group (formerly British Telecom), including oversight for operating units such as mobile, Yellow Pages, business and global communications, and BT Ignite, which offered data and broadband solutions for businesses; and as President of Memorex Telex, a global provider of information technology solutions. Mr. Mockett graduated with honors from the University of London. Registration opens July 10, 2012

2012 – Royal, Walter

June 28, 2012

Head Chef, The Angus Barn 

Chef Walter Royal, Jr. was born on May 18, 1957 in Eclectic, Alabama to Ida Mae and Walter J. Royal. At the age of fourteen, Royal knew he wanted to cook professionally. However, his parents dissuaded him, unsure of how successful he would be as a black chef. In1974, Royal attended LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia, where he graduated with his B.S. degree in psychology. In 1980, he graduated from Auburn University with his M.S. degree in psychology. After working with mentally disabled children for five years, Royal enrolled in a nine-month program at Nathalie Dupree’s Cooking School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983. After graduating from the cooking program, he was hired as a sous-chef at the Fearrington House restaurant in Pittsboro, North Carolina. There he worked under acclaimed chef Edna Lewis. In 1986, Royal was hired as a chef at the Magnolia Grill in Durham, North Carolina before becoming the executive chef and co-owner of the Crescent Café. In 1995, Royal was hired as the executive chef of the award-winning steakhouse The Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Royal has won numerous culinary awards. In 1997, he was the first African American chef to be awarded the Restaurant Guild’s Five Star Chef of the Year. Royal was also deemed one of the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Stars along with being honored as one of the Top Five Chefs in the Southeast, the Top Black Chef in America and the Best Chef in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Royal was featured in Southern Living magazine. In addition to being featured in Ebony, Royal performed a cooking demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina on the CBS Network program The Early Show. In 2006, Royal competed on the Food Network reality cooking show, Iron Chef America . Royal has cooked with popular American chefs and television personalities like Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and Cat Cora. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Royal has one son, Walter Royal, Jr.

2012 – Clark-Sellers, Lee

lee-clark-sellers1May 14, 2012

Chief Innovation Officer Ply Gem Industries 

Lee Clark-Sellers recently joined Ply Gem Industries as Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, Ms. Clark-Sellers will be leading the effort to to help take innovation from merely a concept or catch phrase to a resourceful approach to how Ply Gem does business overall and transitions to a culture that’s rooted in innovation. This role will be heavily externally focused as Ply Gem strengthens its strategic partnerships.

 

Prior to Ply Gem, Ms. Clark-Sellers was the Executive Program Director for Executive Education, based in North Carolina State’s Poole College of Management. Ms. Clark-Sellers established and facilitated the Innovation Management Executive Series: Managing Disruptive Innovation. She also consulted with companies in Pharma and Advanced Chemicals to establish innovation programs.

 

Ms Clark-Sellers spent over 20 years with Nortel Networks, involved in all aspects of research and development, from product development to IP commercialization. As an innovative engineering leader, Ms. Clark-Sellers led the CTO’s 2010 Vancouver/London Olympic Innovation program, established software labs and partnerships in Asia and Eastern Europe while based in Mumbai India, and developed a software development platform implemented throughout Nortel.

 

She is also the Founder and Chair of “Innovation in RTP,” and serves on the Industrial Board of Directors at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. She is an Industrial Fellow with the Center of Innovation Management Studies (CIMS), based in North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. Ms. Clark-Sellers sits on the Advisory Board of NCSU Executive Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Eleoctrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in the Management of Technology, both from NC State University.