Trends, Leaders & the New Collar Economy

The Summit is a full day event which will offer perspectives, trends and data on key topics for all industries featuring keynote speakers and expert panelists. Participants can choose a specific industry track in which to participate. Options will include Advanced Manufacturing & Distribution, Financial Services and Transportation & Infrastructure. Leaders from each industry will share their perspectives on challenges and opportunities in each field during interactive and engaging sessions. The event will conclude with a reception where valuable connections can be made across industries 



Speakers include:
Mark Bellissimo, Tryon International Equestrian Center
Nate Boaz, Accenture
Tariq Bokhari, Carolina Fintech Hub
Keith Brandis, Volvo Trucks
Malcomb Coley, EY
Tammy Erickson, Adjunct Professor at the London Business School and Award-winning author
Anthony Foxx, Former U.S. Transportation Secretary and Former Charlotte Mayor
Moore Hallmark, U.S. Chamber 
Frank Harrison III, Coke Consolidated
Chris Jackson, Goodwill
Derek Kan, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, U.S. DOT
Clark Kinlin, Corning Incorporated
Doug Lebda, LendingTree
Melinda Davis Lux, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Fatma Mili, Ph.D., UNC Charlotte
Mary Peters, Former U.S. Transportation Secretary
Alan J. Pramuk, Gresham Smith
Brady Ratchford, AT&T
Jeff Schultz, Oerlikon
Wyatt Smith, Carolinas at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis
N.C. Transportation Secretary James H. Trogdon III
Derek Wang, Stratifyd

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., followed by networking reception

Opening Remarks: Honorary Chair U.S. Senator Thom Tillis

Presentation: Moore Hallmark, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Spirit of Enterprise Award

Keynote Speaker: Tammy Erickson Adjunct Professor at the London Business School and McKinsey Award-winning author, expert on the changing workforce and enhancing innovation.

Breakout Session, attendees have choice of 1 of 3 tracks:

Track 1 – Advanced Manufacturing & Distribution (Breakout Room 1)
Topics include:

  • Role of disruptive technologies and impact on talent
  • Economic Impact/Multiplier Effect on:
    • Subcontractor pipeline
    • What our region offers and attracts
    • What trends mean to your business
    • Re-branding: New Collar Jobs in AM
    • Branding our regional competiveness

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Chris Jackson, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries
  • Clark Kinlin, EVP, Corning Optical
  • Fatma Mili, Ph.D. - Dean, College of Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte
  • Jeff Schultz, Global Head of AM Strategy & Corporate Development, Oerlikon

Track 2 – Transportation & Infrastructure (Breakout Room 2)
Topics include:

  • Regional competiveness
  • Beyond the Drawing Board, what’s new and next
  • Public Policy update
  • SMART Cities, transportation supporting the transformation

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Maria Garcia Berry, Founder & Chairman, CRL Associates, Inc.
  • Keith Brandis, VP Product Planning, Volvo Trucks
  • Mary E. Peters, Former U.S. Transportation Secretary
  • Alan J. Pramuk, Chairman & CEO, Gresham Smith
  • Brady Ratchford, Strategic Alliance Director, Smart Cities, AT&T
  • James H. Trogdon III, N.C. Transportation Secretary

Track 3 – Financial Services Industry (Breakout Room 3)
Topics include:

  • Blockchain – Real time build and demonstration on what it means to your business
  • Understanding your clients better than anyone else
  • Right talent for a changing FS industry
  • A.I. Impact, Pressure to Innovate/Positive Disruption

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Tariq Bokhari, Executive Director, Carolina Fintech Hub
  • Malcomb Coley, Managing Partner, EY
  • Wyatt Smith, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Lunch Keynote: Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner, Tryon International Equestrian Center
Exhibitor Experience

Ending Session: Culture // Leadership // Innovation

Speaker Nate Boaz, Group Operating Officer, Accenture Strategy, Accenture Relevant organizations in a disrupted world

From the Top: CEO Panel, Champions and innovators on understanding and leading the impact culture has on the bottom line

  • Frank Harrison III, chairman & CEO, Coke Consolidated
  • Doug Lebda, Founder, chairman, CEO, LendingTree

4:00 pm Cocktail Networking // Exhibitor Experience


Summit Co-Chairs | Carlos E. Sanchez, AT&T and Angie Vincent-Hamacher, Robinson Bradshaw
Advanced Manufacturing & Distribution Industry | Carlon Lewis, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Financial Services Industry | Wyatt Smith, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Transportation & Infrastructure Industry | Jean Leier, I-77 Mobility Partners
Technology & Innovation | Stephanie Sadowski, Accenture
Culture & Leadership | Claudette Parham, Lending Tree
Public Policy | Tony Lathrop, Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Workforce Development & Education | Karen Ward, UNC Charlotte Executive Education

Past Summits

2017 Technology Summit  |  2017 Transportation Summit  |  2017 Financial Services Summit