2019 Leadership Summit

leadership summit


An annual favorite! The Leadership Summit, hosted by the NC TECH Board of Directors and Advisors, gathers executives from across North Carolina at the Pinehurst Resort for an opportunity to hear from influential leaders on various topics from talent and leadership to the economy. The agenda includes keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions and plenty of time for networking.  This summer, we will explore how to transition from traditional leadership models to an environment that allows for greater openness to ideas and innovations.

More on Agile Leadership: Traditional leadership practices are outdated and ineffective in today’s workplace. Research has proven that over 70% of workers in America are actively disengaged and that managers are the number one cause of job dissatisfaction.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.  Agile Leadership is an entirely new approach to leading people.  Agile leaders focus on the needs of others. They acknowledge other people’s perspectives, give them the care they need to meet their work and personal goals, involve them in decisions where appropriate, and build a sense of community within their teams. This leads to higher engagement, more trust, and stronger relationships with team members and other stakeholders.


Thursday, August 8 (5:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Friday, August 9 (8:30 AM - 1:30 PM)


Pinehurst Resort
80 Carolina Vista Drive
Pinehurst, NC  28374

Hotel Accommodations

The deadline for the NC TECH discounted room block has expired; however, Pinehurst will honor the rate as long as there is availability.   Please call Pinehurst at 855-516-1090 and ask for the NC TECH Association rate for events on August 8-9.  

If you wish to stay elsewhere, you may go to Hotel Storm and use the Access Passcode NCTECHPerks to find another hotel and reserve a room.


Gary Shapiro
President & CEO
Consumer Technology Association

Raven Solomon

President & Founder
Center for Next Generation Leadership & Professional Development

Mark Vitner
Senior Economist
Wells Fargo

Caroline Sullivan
Executive Director
NC Business Committee for Education

Jake Kiser

Ashleigh Anderson

Ashleigh Anderson
Head of Talent Acquisition
Credit Karma

Chris Hart

Chris Hart
Co-Founder and CEO

Binu Thomas

Binu Thomas
Senior VP Global Technology Services

Maurice "Mo" Hagar

Maurice "Mo" Hagar
President + Principal Consultant
Solution-Focused Agile

Jerome Ruwe

Jerome Ruwe
Head of Agile Delivery Services
Fidelity Investments

Laura Hotop, ACP, SPC, RTE, CAL, CSM

Laura Hotop
Senior Scrum Master


Thursday, August 8

5:30 PM – Private Reception for Board of Directors + Advisors (Invitation Only)
6:30 PM - Welcome Cocktail Reception
7:30 PM – Dinner + Evening Keynote

Closing the Generational Gap and Leveraging Generational Diversity for Competitive Advantage
Raven Solomon, President & Founder – Center for Next Generation Leadership & Professional Development

9:00 PM – Leaders on the Lawn Reception

Friday, August 9

8:30 AM - Registration + Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – Welcome
9:15 AM – Opening Keynote

Ninja Future: The Secrets of Success in the New World of Innovation
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO - Consumer Technology Association

9:50 AM – Leadership Panel: Is Your Organization Ready for an Agile Transformation?

Kevin Tuffner - Senior Client Solutions Architect - Ahead

Chris Hart, Co-Founder and CEO - Levvel
Binu Thomas, Senior VP Global Technology Services - MetLife
Maurice "Mo" Hagar, President + Principal Consultant - Solution-Focused Agile
Jerome Ruwe, Head of Agile Delivery Services - Fidelity Investments

10:55 AM – Break
11:10 AM – Talent Panel: Building an Agile Workforce

Brian Tracy, Solution Partner – ThreeBridge Solutions

Ashleigh Anderson, Head of Talent Acquisition - Credit Karma
Jake Kiser, COO - StrongKey
Laura Hotop, Senior Scrum Master - Pendo

12:15 PM – Lunch + Program

Tech for Good: Neurodiversity - Linking Inclusion in IT (LINC-IT)
Caroline Sullivan, Executive Director - NC Business Committee for Education

Mid-Year Economic Outlook 
Mark Vitner, Senior Economist - Wells Fargo

1:20 PM – Closing


NC TECH members only.

Regular Two Day Conference Registration:  $375 
Regular One Day Conference Registration:  $200 


Interested in joining NC TECH? Contact Carol Zimmerman to learn more about membership.

Not sure if your employer is a member? View Member Roster.

Fine Print: All registrations are final and non-refundable.  Refunds will only be offered if the event is canceled.  Registrations are transferable to another qualified guest by contacting Mary Smith.


Interested in sponsoring this event?  Contact Tracy Sternberg to learn more.



Thank You Sponsors


Economic Forecast


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

VIP Reception

Leaders on the Lawn + Putting contest

book sponsor

Book Sponsor

Dinner Keynote




Welcome Reception



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Name Badge


Advisors Breakfast

seat drop

Seat Drop + Gold


first citizens


Golf Classic

The annual NC TECH Golf Classic will take place prior to the Leadership Summit on Thursday, August 8. 

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