Female Leaders Receive Advice from Former N.C. Governor Bev Perdue

Female Leaders Receive Advice from Former N.C. Governor Bev Perdue

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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. 

1Women in Business & Leadership

Chapel Hill Magazine’s Dan Shannon, Former N.C. Governor Bev Perdue and Chapel Hill Magazine’s Rory Gillis

2Women in Business & Leadership

Former N.C. Governor Bev Perdue and Robin Whitsell, president and founder of Whitsell Innovations

3Women in Business & Leadership

Alyce Levine and Chapel Hill Magazine’s Stacie Luders.

4Women in Business & Leadership

Holly Morris, Kelly Mackay, Mark Costley, Jennifer Dalman and Aurie Barnes of Walker Lambe.

5Women in Business & Leadership

Margy Schmidt, Barbara Jessie Black and Annette Stone

6Women in Business & Leadership

Kristen Smith and Dwight Bassett

7Women in Business & Leadership

Ivy Simon and Lauren Bromley Hodge

8Women in Business & Leadership

General Manager of The Carolina Inn Mark Sherburne

9Women in Business & Leadership

Chapel Hill Magazine’s Melissa Crane, Katherine Jenkins and Jennifer Player. 

10Women in Business & Leadership

Meg McGurk, Mary Jane Nirdlinger, Jess Anderson and Chapel Hill Magazine’s Rory Gillis.

11Women in Business & Leadership

Beverly Thompson and Chapel Hill Magazine’s Kem Johnson