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.

Fall 2019 Topics

FinTech Success: The LendingTree Story

Wednesday, October 30 @ 7:30-9:00 a.m. – Northeastern University–Charlotte

Join us for breakfast on October 30 for the latest edition of our Local Leaders, Global Impact Speaker Series. Our featured speaker, Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree, will talk about the company’s journey and Charlotte’s FinTech community.

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.

After experiencing the frustrations and complexities of getting his first mortgage, Doug 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, will offer insights into the world of entrepreneurial and corporate finance. Leaders from Queen City Fintech and Carolina Fintech Hub will be on hand to enhance the discussion.

This event is free to attend but you must register in advance.


Progressive Companies Using Workspace to Drive Innovation

Thursday, November 21 @ 7:30-9:00 a.m. – Northeastern University–Charlotte

Join us for a discussion on Innovation Centers as we explore Charlotte-based companies that use innovation as a driver for every aspect of the workplace, including talent acquisition, productivity, R&D, and retention. A complimentary light breakfast will be served.


  • Richard Donaldson, Managing Director of Digital Transformation, Duke Energy
  • Brad Wallace, Principal, Financial Services Digital Advisory, EY
  • Dr. Raj Echambadi, Dunton Family Dean, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University

This event is free to attend but you must register in advance.


Spring 2020 Topics

Coming Soon! Please check back for updates.

Recent Past Events

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

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.


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