Recent Events

July 2017: Can you Communicate in a Crisis?

Our speaker was Vanessa S. Vaughn, president and CEO of Asfalis, an enterprise resilience consulting firm specializing in strategies that enhance security and awareness in crisis and emergency situations. She is a certified business continuity professional and was the first woman in Georgia to graduate with a B.A. in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. She is also an instructor at Queens University in the McColl School of Business Executive Leadership Institute, where she teaches disaster recovery and business continuity management. She was a finalist for the 2017 Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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June 2017: Earning a Seat at the Table

In the rapidly changing world, leaders need to respond quickly—sometimes under less than ideal conditions. Communication is often cited as the critical missing link that leads to poor decision-making, misaligned actions, and failed change efforts. In this interactive session, we explored ways to build our influence as a communicator by developing skills to be a trusted advisor.

John Bennett, Ph.D., the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Chair of Leadership, associate professor, and director of graduate programs for the McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte led the program. Dr. Bennett also is a consultant and executive coach helping individuals, team, and organizations prepare for, excel through, and improve from change. He has numerous articles and three books published. His most recent book is Coaching for Change (2014, Routledge).

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May 2017: The Value of a Brand

Wray Ward Vice President Kent Panther shared fact-based ways to build and protect your organization’s brand.

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April 2017: Using Communications to Craft an Inclusive Corporate Culture

Our speakers were Lisa Toppin, vice president, chief diversity officer/talent management at LPL Financial, and Rod Garvin, vice president, talent development and economic growth, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

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December 2016: Silver Bell Shinding

This annual fundraiser and holiday party with communicators of different types from across Charlotte and the surrounding communities gave us a chance to renew old acquaintances and establish new professional connections. Plus, we got to check out one of Charlotte's newest hot spots — Ink and Ivy in uptown. 

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