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The North Carolina Leadership Forum

The North Carolina Leadership Forum (NCLF) provides an opportunity for civic, business and political leaders from across North Carolina to discuss issues central to the future of our state.

The forum is hosted by Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and jointly funded by the Duke Endowment, the John William Pope Foundation, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

The 2016-2017 NCLF involves a year-long conversation focused on the question: How can we enable more North Carolinians to earn enough to support their families?  The forum provides a venue for North Carolina leaders to discuss the nature of the challenges, to understand different points of view about how to address them, and to advance mutually acceptable solutions that improve the lives of North Carolinians.

Participants received invitations from Duke President Richard Brodhead, joined by former Governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin, Rick Glazier of the North Carolina Justice Center, Ann Goodnight of SAS, and Art Pope of the Pope Foundation. 

Duke’s support for this initiative reflects the university’s commitment to North Carolina and its mission of placing knowledge in the service of society.

The forum will be guided throughout its inaugural year by a NCLF steering committee:  

  • Anita Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University
  • Eugene W. Cochrane, Jr., President, The Duke Endowment
  • John Hood, President, John William Pope Foundation
  • Frederick Mayer, Associate Dean, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Chuck Neely, Partner, Williams Mullen, former NC General Assembly member
  • Leslie Winner, Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, former NC General Assembly member

For more information about the forum, contact Ryan Smith, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.

Look at the participant list here.

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