Local Leaders. Global Impact.

7th Annual Local Leaders Global Impact Speaker Series

Thought Leadership is Back with New Topics


Northeastern University–Charlotte is celebrating its 7th Annual Local Leaders Global Impact Speaker Series. Since 2012, the program has highlighted important topics that have a local, national, and global impact. Join us this year for stimulating discussions featuring local experts and globally renowned Northeastern faculty and researchers. Most events take place at our Uptown Charlotte campus: 101 N. Tryon Street, 11th Floor, Charlotte, N.C.


2018-2019 Topics

Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned From Sports

Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30am – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> Kendall Alley, Regional President, Wells Fargo

> Dr. Robert Prior, Associate Teaching Professor, Master of Sports Leadership at Northeastern

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Cyber Threats, Ransom and A Community’s Choice

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30am – Northeastern University–Charlotte

To celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Northeastern’s second LLGI event is focused on “Cyber Threats, Ransom and A Community’s Choice.”  The October 16 breakfast will address lessons learned from the cyber attack that paralyzed Mecklenburg County Government late last year and why organizations need to better protect their information assets and systems.

Moderated by Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO & Regional Dean of Northeastern University–Charlotte

Panelists Include:

> Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County Manager

> Craig Froelich, Chief Information Security Officer, Bank of America

> Mike Holland, Executive Vice President of Client Relations, Fortalice Solutions

> John Manferdelli, Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern

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Weathering Storms: Economic Shifts & Natural Disasters

Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30am – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> Dr. Stephen Flynn, Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University

Resilience—the ability to withstand, recover from, and adapt to periodic shocks and major disruptions. As a community, do we have resilience?

Over the last year alone, we have seen how extreme weather and natural disasters can greatly impact us. Increasingly, we rely on systems that are complex and interdependent. Failure of these networks cascade in unexpected ways and reveal shared dependencies. How can we think and act anew to deal with the myriad of challenges confronting us—individually and collectively?

Join us on Tuesday, October 31 for an in-depth discussion on critical infrastructure and resilience with featured speaker Dr. Stephen Flynn. As Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, Dr. Flynn leads a major university-wide research initiative to inform and advance societal resilience in the face of growing human-made and naturally-occurring turbulence. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on critical infrastructure and supply chain security and resilience. He is also co-author of the textbook, Critical Infrastructures Resilience: Policy and Engineering Principles (Routledge, 2018) and has led teams in conducting post-disaster infrastructure resilience assessments, initially with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and then from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Authentic Learning in the Workplace: Upskilling Employees

Friday, November 2

Upward Mobility and Career Paths for Success

Date TBD


> Technology’s Impact on the Workplace

> The Analytics of it ALL

> Securing Our Communities

…and more


Past Speakers Include

Fred Whitfield, President and Vice Chairman of the Charlotte Hornets

Michael Dukakis, Former Presidential Nominee and Governor

Ron Kimble, Former Deputy City Manager

Dr. John Silvia, Wells Fargo Economist

Michael Vaccaro, Chief Nursing Officer, Novant Health