Business and Workplace Topics Committee

Chair: Terri DeBoo, Terri DeBoo Ideas@Work

Focus: The focus of this committee will be on topics such as healthcare policy, worker’s compensation, tort reform, judicial costs, human resources compliance, and other work-related issues.

Membership: Members are human resource professionals, small business owners as well as large employers. Membership is open to anybody who is an active Chamber member.

Meeting Dates: February 5, April 23, July 9, October 22, December 17. Dates are subject to change, please check back.


Past Agenda Items:

  • October 2, 2014: The Workplace Issues Committee heard from three representatives of the U.S. Chamber’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI): Clark Thomason, U.S. Chamber Southeast Region; Glenn Spencer, vice president; and Ted Phlegar, senior counselor. The group has been traveling around the country to educate state and local chambers and business leaders about the impact of union activity on employers.
  • April 3, 2014: The Workplace Issues Committee learned about myths and best practices for non-compete agreements and trade secrets. Jeremy Stephenson from McNair Law highlighted that companies often take various strategies to protect their intellectual property, including written non-compete agreements, but other protections also exist under the law even without these type of agreements. Click here to view the presentation.
  • February 17, 2014: In conjunction with the Workplace Issues Committee, the group hosted Karl Rectanus of the NC Chamber Foundation to learn more about the Hire Standards Campaign. Click here to view the presentation. Visit to learn more about the campaign.
  • Dec. 11, 2013: Karen Shearer Dunn, professor at Queens University and owner of Karen Dunn Consulting, gave a presentation on generational differences and best practices in cross-generational communication in the workplace.


  • There are no announcements at this time.

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Natalie English
Senior Vice President,
Public Policy


Carrie Cook
VP, Governmental Affairs,
Public Policy

Laura Guacci
Public Policy Programs