Local Leaders. Global Impact.

8th Annual Local Leaders Global Impact Speaker Series

Thought Leadership is Back with New Topics

Northeastern University–Charlotte is celebrating its 8th 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.

Spring 2020 Topics

The Future is Here: How AI Impacts Today’s Workplace

**Postponed. Please check back for rescheduled date.**

A recent study found that 60% of U.S. companies expect to be using AI or advanced automation to support efficiency in operations, staffing, budgeting or performance by 2022 (Genesys). As AI tools and bots continue to become more commonplace in the office, it is more important than ever that these machines and humans work together to accomplish daily tasks.

Join our discussion with technology experts as we explore how AI is being used to refine business processes—from deeper customer insight to driving employee productivity—as well as inform and keep workspaces secure.

  • 5:30–6:00pm Registration
  • 6:00–7:00pm Program
  • 7:00–7:30pm Networking Reception

Panelists include:

  • Brian Cessa, Senior Director, East Region, IRONSCALES
  • Uwe Hohgrawe, PhD, Faculty Director Analytics & Enterprise Intelligence, Professor of the Practice, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University



Fall 2019 Topics

Charlotte 2040: How the Queen City Is Planning for Growth Over the Next Two Decades (video)

Tuesday, September 24

From greenways and ballparks to housing and transit, Charlotte is regarded as a well-planned City and that’s not by chance. Beginning with the Odell Plan in the 1960s, the Queen City has a 50-year tradition of a creating a new Center City plan every 10 years to provide a blueprint for long term growth and development. The last was adopted in 2011.

To ensure the Queen City continues on the right development path, Charlotte Center City Partners and the City of Charlotte have embarked on 2040 vision planning efforts. Panelists Michael Smith, CEO, Charlotte Center City Partners; and Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Assistant City Manager and Planning Director, City of Charlotte; discussed what’s next and how the community can engage. Dan O’Brien, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University, offered ways that researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can work together to leverage Big Data to better understand and serve cities.

FinTech Success: The LendingTree Story (video)

Wednesday, October 30

Well known as the second largest banking center in the U.S., Charlotte has also earned the reputation of a FinTech and entrepreneurial hub, thanks to incubators and success stories born here. Perhaps one of the greatest examples is LendingTree.

In a fireside chat, our featured speaker, Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree, discussed the company’s journey and Charlotte’s FinTech community. After experiencing the frustrations and complexities of getting his first mortgage, Lebda envisioned a way to empower consumers in the loan process where banks compete for the customers’ business. In 1996, he founded LendingTree, which revolutionized how consumers shop for loans and how lenders reach new customers.

Dr. Karthik Krishnan, Northeastern University associate professor of finance in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, also offered insights into the world of entrepreneurial and corporate finance.

The discussion was moderated by Dan Roselli, co-founder and managing director of QueenCity Fintech. Both QueenCity Fintech and Carolina Fintech Hub were sponsors of the event.

Progressive Companies that Drive Innovation (video)

Thursday, November 21 

Innovation is inspired by a need to transform or change the way we do things. It’s why companies develop new products or aim to update an old process. To achieve these goals and more, businesses are creating innovation centers–a space for reinventing themselves, to test ideas, and stay at the leading edge.

On November 21, leaders from Duke Energy, EY, and Northeastern, explored the advantages of Innovation Centers, both locally and abroad, including the impact of AI and digital transformation on innovation. They further advised how companies use innovation as a driver for every aspect of the workplace, including talent acquisition, productivity, R&D, and retention.

Panelists included:

  • Richard Donaldson, Managing Director of Digital Transformation, Duke Energy
  • Bermon Painter, Director of Innovation & Strategy, EY wavespace™
  • Jody Porter, Director of Nuclear Organizational & Leadership Development, Duke Energy
  • Dr. Raj Echambadi, Dunton Family Dean, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University


Events from 2018-2019 Series

Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned From Sports (Video)

September 2018 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

Kendall Alley, Regional President, Wells Fargo

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

Cyberthreats, Ransom, and a Community’s Choice (Video)

October 2018 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> 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

Weathering Storms: Economic Shifts and Natural Disasters (Video)

October 2018 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

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

Authentic Learning in the Workplace: Upskilling Employees

November 2018 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> Rashid Mosley, Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Education

The Role of HR Professionals in Employee Career Advancement (Video)

November 2018 – The Employers Association

> Martha Seidel, Life Long Learner

> Bruce Johnson, Associate Dean, CPCC

> Kemi Jona, Lowell Institute, Northeastern University

Value of Educational Credentials in the Workplace (Video)

January 2019 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> Theresa Tommey, Learning and Development Human Resources Learning Executive, Bank of America

> Tom Mathews, Human Resources Consultant

> Laura Hampton, Vice President, The Employers Association

> Sean Gallagher, Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, Northeastern University

Women Who Empower (Partnership with Pride magazine) (Video)

March 2019 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> Philly Mantella, CEO Lifelong Learning, Northeastern University

> Regina Wharton, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Fifth Third Bank

> Corliss Thompson, Associate Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education, Northeastern University

> Dee Dixon, President and Publisher, Pride Communications

Top 10 Trends in Data Privacy (Partnership with Carolina International Arbitration Society)

March 2019 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> Woody Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University

> Allen O’Rourke, C0-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Building and Sustaining Innovative Businesses

April 2019 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> Raj Echambadi, Dunton Family Dean, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University

The Future of Nursing: Optimizing Healthcare Access and Quality

May 22 – Northeastern University–Charlotte

> Janet Rico, Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing at Northeastern University

> Colleen Hole, Vice President of Clinical Integration in Population Health at Atrium Health

Speakers From Past Series Include

Fred Whitfield, President and Vice Chairman of the Charlotte Hornets

Michael Dukakis, Former Presidential Nominee and Governor

Ron Kimble, Former Deputy City Manager

John Silvia, Wells Fargo Economist

Michael Vaccaro, Chief Nursing Officer, Novant Health