Female business owners, elected officials and others gathered for the Women in Business & Leadership Symposium at The Carolina Inn. Attendees enjoyed seeing old friends and making new connections over tea and lunch in the Chancellors’ Ballroom. Speaker Robin Whitsell of Whitsell Innovations told the audience that “it’s OK to name and own the thing you want in your life” and discussed how she recast the label “brash” into “bold” or “brave.” Former N.C. Governor Bev Perdue encouraged everyone to think about the consequences of their decisions because as she said, “When you’re my age, you want to look back and say, ‘I’ve had a grand ride.’”
Thanks to the Town of Chapel Hill Economic Development, Orange County Economic Development, Walker Lambe and The Carolina Inn for making this event possible.
Chapel Hill Magazine’s Dan Shannon, Former N.C. Governor Bev Perdue and Chapel Hill Magazine’s Rory Gillis
Former N.C. Governor Bev Perdue and Robin Whitsell, president and founder of Whitsell Innovations
Alyce Levine and Chapel Hill Magazine’s Stacie Luders.
Holly Morris, Kelly Mackay, Mark Costley, Jennifer Dalman and Aurie Barnes of Walker Lambe.
Margy Schmidt, Barbara Jessie Black and Annette Stone
Kristen Smith and Dwight Bassett
Ivy Simon and Lauren Bromley Hodge
General Manager of The Carolina Inn Mark Sherburne
Chapel Hill Magazine’s Melissa Crane, Katherine Jenkins and Jennifer Player.
Meg McGurk, Mary Jane Nirdlinger, Jess Anderson and Chapel Hill Magazine’s Rory Gillis.
Beverly Thompson and Chapel Hill Magazine’s Kem Johnson