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GOVERNING North Carolina: A Leadership Forum – 2012

May. 3, 2012 | Raleigh Marriott City Center | Raleigh, NC


The GOVERNING North Carolina Leadership Forum brings thought leaders from GOVERNING’s award-winning editorial team, North Carolina and around the nation to you.
The day is designed to be interactive, and will include sessions on some of the most important challenges facing North Carolina.

The forum will feature a highly interactive format and an agenda created in partnership with the Advisory Board. Learn from your peers in different agencies and jurisdictions, hear from thought leaders and industry experts chosen for their knowledge of the challenges of your region.

Morning Keynote:

Leadership in Turbulent Times
Alan J. Parisse,
Author and Lecturer, The Parisse Group, Inc.

It is certainly no secret that these are challenging times for state and local governments. Economic stresses, technological advances, and social and political divisions have made it increasingly difficult to deliver on even the basic promises of government.

As challenges compound, the traditional sources of influence available to leaders both public and private have diminished or disappeared. Today’s leaders must master new sources of influence and inspire in new and creative ways.

In these turbulent and difficult times, leaders must embrace the new sources of influence, attack old solutions, challenge moldy wisdom, find opportunity in difficulty, and communicate with conviction.

In this substantive and entertaining presentation, Alan Parisse will arm you with the understanding and tools needed to find set a fresh and fulfilling path to the future.

Lunch Keynote:

The Principled Politician – A Story of Courage 
 Adam Schrager, Author and Journalist

Ralph Carr was drafted to run for governor for Colorado in 1938 even though he tried everything he could think of to get out of the candidacy. Yet, he won overwhelmingly and quickly rose to national fame as a budget balancer and humanitarian. He turned down the chance to run as a vice presidential candidate with Wendell Willkie in 1940, running for re-election as governor and winning overwhelmingly. Carr was being discussed as a “future presidential candidate” by newspapers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Carr became a national figure when, after Pearl Harbor, he defended the Constitutional rights of Japanese-Americans. He told crowds, if we “imprison American citizens without evidence or a trial, what’s to say six months from now, we won’t follow them into that same prison without evidence or a trial.” His outspoken and unpopular stance would cost him greatly, both personally and professionally. More than 60 years later, the story of one man’s courage offers timeless lessons for us all.

The program has been created in partnership with North Carolina state and local government leaders.


  • Senator Peter S. Brunstetter
  • North Carolina State Senate, District 31

  • Daniel Clark
  • Program Director, AmericaSpeaks

  • Albert A. Delia
  • Acting Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

  • The Honorable Joe Hackney
  • House Minority Leader, North Carolina State House of Representatives

  • Dan Gerlach
  • President, Golden LEAF




Sponsorship Opportunities are Available:

For more information, contact:
Fred Kuhn, Publisher
Phone: 202-862-1455


For conference registration and general assistance contact:

Michael Shane, Registration Coordinator
Phone: 916-932-1300 ext. 1410

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