Information about the NC Global Advantage Forum 2020: An event hosted by the NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness.


NC Global Advantage Forum – 2020

"Building on Our Legacy & Planning for Our Future”
A Statewide Virtual Forum
November 13, 2020, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Liz Schrayer, President & CEO
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)

Liz Schrayer serves as President and CEO of USGLC, a broad based coalition of more than 500 businesses and NGOs, that advocates for strong U.S. global leadership through development and diplomacy.

Featured Speaker

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer - UNC Chapel Hill

Welcome Speaker

Dr. Ralph Baric, PhD
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Panel: Adaptive Leadership in the Global Arena

Adaptive Leadership - helping individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challenging environments - has been even more essential this year. Come hear from our stellar panelists about how they lead during times of uncertainty and change.

Dr. Mandy K. Cohen

Secretary, NC Department of Health and Human Services

Tsegga Medhin

Founder, The Pearl Leadership Institute; President, UN Women US NC

Paul Weisenfeld

Executive Vice President, International Development, RTI International

Nick Tennyson

Former Secretary of NC Department of Transportation, former Mayor of Durham

Case Study: Global Business in North Carolina

Quality of life is, to a great extent, defined by economic opportunities. To prosper in the global market place, we must make a concerted effort both inside and outside of North Carolina to optimize global economic development.

Charles Vaillant


Madhu Beriwal

President and CEO, IEM

John Loyack

Vice President, Global Business Services, Economic Development Partnership NC

Forum Emcee

David Robinson
Counsel, Nexsen Pruet
and Honorary Consul for Japan in North Carolina

Virtual Happy Hour

Please join us immediately after the Forum for a discussion on one of the following breakout topics:

Adaptive Leadership

Katherine Turner, Moderator

Global Business in NC

Jennifer Thomas, Moderator

How do we work together?

Tim Crowley, Moderator

Join business, education, government and community leaders at the NC Global Advantage Forum 2021! Become part of a collaborative effort to ensure that North Carolina is the most globally engaged state in the U.S.

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Thank you to the NC Global Advantage Forum 2020 Sponsors

Ambassador Sponsor

Chargé d'Affaires Sponsor



An event hosted by the NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness.