2015 Speakers

Dr. Cheryl Barnett

Owner, MyThreeSons Gourmet

The Silver Lining of a Very Gray Cloud

MyThreeSons Gourmet owner, Dr. Cheryl Barnett, grew up dreaming of becoming an orthodontist and eating her favorite food:  homemade pimento cheese made by her best friend’s mom, Emmy.  After attending the UNC School of Dentistry and practicing orthodontics for 14 years in Greensboro, NC, a back injury led to retirement much earlier than anticipated.  With the support of her husband and sons, she formed MyThreeSons Gourmet to pursue a new dream – a pimento cheese factory. Cheryl stayed true to Emmy’s original pimento cheese recipe using only the highest quality ingredients including sharp cheddar cheese, a few secret spices, minimal mayonnaise (to make it thick and meltable), and no preservatives. MyThreeSons Gourmet produces three flavors of all natural, gourmet pimento cheese distributed in 300 stores in 8 states.  You can find their products in the Triad at Harris Teeter, Whole Foods Market, Lowes Foods, and The Fresh Market.


Dr. Chere Gregory

Senior Vice President, Physicians Services, Novant Health

The Dagwood Sandwich Faced By Women Leaders

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Dr. Gregory attended Brown University for undergraduate studies.  She received a Masters in Health Finance and Management at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a medical degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, and completed a Neurology residency at Case Western. Dr. Gregory was the first African American woman to complete a fellowship in Neurocritical Care at the Johns Hopkins University and the first African American woman to open a Neurocritical Care Unit in the United States. Under her leadership, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center became the first Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center in North Carolina and South Carolina and, later, a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation afforded to less than 90 in over 6,500 hospitals in the United States. Dr. Gregory led a multi-disciplinary team and developed the Novant Health Maya Angelou Women’s Health and Wellness Center.  She is now Senior Vice President of Physician Services at Novant Health.


Nadia Shirin Moffett
Executive Director, The Queen’s Foundation, Inc.

The Attacks on Young Women: What Adult Women Can Do About It

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Former Miss North Carolina USA 2010, Nadia Shirin Moffett, is an active leader in North Carolina. Nadia, who represented the state in the nationally televised Miss USA Pageant in 2010, traveled statewide to countless public schools inspiring thousands of students to be intentional about their lives and reach their potential. Prior to passing the crown, Nadia founded The Queen’s Foundation, a 501c3 non- profit that is now state-wide serving underserved middle and high school girls to prepare them for higher education and leadership. As Executive Director of The Queen’s Foundation, Nadia has led the organization to raise over a half a million dollars in donations for program sponsorships to keep the program fee-free for the young women the organization serves.The Queen’s Foundation now reaches over 200 girls in North Carolina in seven counties with continued expansion, has awarded over 50 scholarships, placed girls in over 80 high school internships and has exemplary success rates in ensuring first generation young women are admitted to college.Under her leadership, Nadia facilitated the creation of regional – based leadership teams that empower the organization to expand the program sustainably and increase the number of girls served. Her work has resulted in enlisting over 200 volun- teers and over 100 corporate and community partnerships to provide funding and leadership support to the regions the organization serves. A graduate from The University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she earned her bachelors in Business Marketing & Information Technology, as well as a graduate of High Point University where she completed her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership, Nadia has dedicated her career to serve North Carolina girls and families.

A member of Toastmasters International, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a former Leadership Path Manager for American Express Company, Nadia has earned several awards and recognition for leadership and service and was named one of Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty for 2013. Currently residing in Greensboro, NC, Nadia’s mission is to continue to highlight the challenges girls are facing and grow The Queen’s Foundation by getting women involved.


Lelia Moore

Coordinator, Congregational Nurse Program and News and Record’s 2012 Woman of the Year

Building Bridges: The Impact of Mission Driven Leadership

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Lelia S. Moore has served in a variety of Ambulatory Nursing Care leadership roles within Cone Health for over 35 years. In each role Lelia has worked to positively address health disparities as one of Cone Health’s core values of Caring for Our Community. Lelia has helped develop and implement the successful Cone Health Congregational Nurse Program that now encompasses both Guilford and Rockingham Counties. The two programs work with almost ninety faith communities. About one-third of the faith communities’ work with individuals who are underserved (homeless, working poor, refugees, immigrants and frail elderly) in addressing health disparities. Five additional community collaborations have developed as a result of the Cone Health Congregational Nurse Program. This innovative program has been recognized on a local, state and national level. Lelia was recognized as the 2008 UNCG Alumni of the Year; the 2012 Lelia S. Moore Trailblazer Award from the Mental Health Association of Greensboro; and the 2012 News and Record-Greensboro Woman of the Year.



Portia Mount

Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Chief of Staff, Center for Creative Leadership

Beating the Impostor Syndrome

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A 15-year veteran of the marketing and PR industries, Portia has an expertise in corporate reputation management, crisis and issues management, executive communications, brand management, and leveraging social media to build client engagement. Prior to joining CCL®, Portia held senior management positions with Edelman Public Relations in Chicago and Burson –Marsteller in their New York and Shanghai, China offices. Portia has worked with a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including professional services, non-profit/NGO, financial services, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and technology. Portia is a member of CCL’s Executive Team and is responsible for leading CCL’s global branding and marketing and communications strategy. An accomplished team leader, Portia oversees a team of 52 professionals within the Global Marketing group including the client services group, and the global marketing communications and marketing strategy teams. Her role is to bring the voice of the client into CCL’s programs, products and services and position CCL as a thought leader in the marketplace.  As Chief of Staff, Portia supports the office of the President to manage the work of CCL’s Board of Governors, Executive, and Management teams. In addition to her role as SVP of Global Marketing and Chief of Staff, Portia is also a highly-rated feedback coach for CCL programs, where she is able to leverage her experience leading global teams and maximizing individual performance to support CCL program participants.

Portia earned a B.A. in Visual Anthropology from Mills College, an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. She is certified to deliver feedback in CCL-proprietary 360-degree assessments, Workplace Big Five 4.0, and other psychometric assessment instruments. Portia is a CCL-approved feedback coach. Portia maintains an active social media presence and is author of the popular blog Boss Mom (www.bossmomonline.com), a lifestyle and career advice blog for working mothers. She writes and speaks extensively on work/life issues for working women. Portia was designated by the United Nations Foundation as a national champion for the Shot@Life initiative, an effort to promote childhood vaccines in emerging countries.


Kathie Niven

Chief Brand Officer, Biscuitville, Inc.

Leading With Your Gifts


Kathie Niven is the chief brand officer at Biscuitville, Inc. She joined the company in 2011 and is responsible for the brand’s image, experience, and promise.Having served in roles such as vice-president and senior executive for both national and international brands, Niven specializes in the development and execution of brand turn-around strategies. With corporate responsibilities ranging from strategic brand development and marketing, media and product development to recruiting and developing top brand talent, Niven has led teams to record-breaking and award-winning successes. Working with JP Morgan during its 2006 investment in Quiznos Corporation, Niven served as vice-president of field marketing to develop the brands co-op marketing strategy and assist in the brand’s revival. In this role, the newly formed family of co-ops outpaced the remaining markets in both sales and traffic throughout its incorporation. She also served in the growth and development of new product innovation, catering and delivery, and the execution of the company’s repositioned pricing strategy. Prior to Quiznos, Niven served as senior director of marketing for Arby’s Roast Beef Corporation. Niven was responsible for building a team to execute corporate branding, public relations, media, marketing and communication was responsible for sales performance. Directing over 500 restaurants and a $25MM marketing budget, in 2004 the region achieved its highest annual sales volume in the history of the company. Under her leadership, the region also assisted in the innovation of several long-standing products including MARKET FRESH® line extensions. Previously, she served with Burger King Corporation in sales and marketing for the Southeast region; with Krispy Kreme as manager of national field marketing preparing the company for franchising under the newly executed IPO; and with Bouvier Kelly as director of client services earning six Addy awards. Since joining the Biscuitville team in 2011, Niven has believed in Biscuitville’s popularity as a company built on customers’ emotional connection to the experience in each restaurant. Niven was born in Burlington, NC, where Biscuitville first began, and is a passionate advocate for the brand. She currently lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband and two children.


Jean Rattigan-Rohr

Faculty Administrative Fellow, Assistant to the President and Director of The Center for Access and Success, Elon University

Using the “Village” Concept to Address Issues Vital to All of Us


Dr. Jean Rattigan-Rohr is the Faculty Administrative Fellow, Assistant to the president and Director of The Center for Access and Success at Elon University. She is also the founder and director of the “It Takes a Village Project”, which is replicated at three additional US Institutions, and in Kingston, Jamaica. Her research area includes literacy development of traditionally marginalized students, parental involvement and visioning. Rattigan-Rohr presents nationally and internationally in the areas of her research interests. She has many peer-reviewed publications in top education journals, including the Journal of Teacher Education and Education Leadership. Additionally, she is an author, playwright and actress. Her play, “Valued Voices”, highlights the complex issues facing African-American boys in American High Schools, and was featured in the 2011 North Carolina Black Theatre Festival. Her recent portrayal of the “Narrator” in the North Carolina Black Repertory’s production of “Black Nativity” gained rave reviews in the press.


Ann Zuraw

President, Zuraw Financial Advisors

Supporting Social Strategies Through Chicks, Chat and Change


Ann Zuraw has 30 years of professional experience in financial planning, portfolio management, family businesses and stock analysis. Ann Zuraw is President of Zuraw Financial Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  She is a Certified Financial Planner, CFP®, Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, CDFA™. Ann has an undergraduate degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill in Business and Speech Communication and M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, a degree she earned at night. Ann enjoys empowering women and their families with the knowledge to take control of their finances. She is the creative force behind the blog: ChicksChatandChange.com. Ann is a member of the Chartered Financial Analysts, CFA®, Financial Planning Association, FPA®, Society of Financial Service Professionals, Women’s Professional Forum. Ann’s current volunteer commitments include serving on the United Way Worldwide Leadership Council and the board of Wellspring Retirement Community.


Sue Rich

Vice President, Human Resources, Glen Raven

Navigating the Long and Winding Road

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Sue is currently responsible for directing strategy and administration for the corporate human resources function at Glen Raven, Inc., a firm that since its inception in 1880 has grown into a multi-national corporation. Sue is responsible for setting goals for employee health/wellness, compensation/ benefits, talent management, HRMS administration, safety/environmental/security, and employee relations.

Growing up in rural northeastern North Carolina, Sue established the desire to venture beyond life as she knew it and Elon University became a destination. While there, she studied English/Journalism. She’s held a number of roles throughout her varied career but in all pursuits, has found communication and empathy to be key ingredients in successful collaboration and advancements in endeavors of human development.

Community involvement includes service on the Alamance Community College Foundation Board, vocalist for Alamance Jazz Band, Elon University Board of Visitors, Piedmont Health Coalition Board, and recently served on a county wide task force to develop a vision for public education in Alamance County. One of the Business Journal’s Women in Business recipients in 2011, Sue supports the idea of advancing ways that women can impact business and community concerns. Having served on the Alamance Partnership for Children Board for 10 years, this service both confirmed and proliferated her conviction of the importance early childhood development has on the future of society. All these experiences, people and learnings helped Sue “navigate the long and winding road”.

Sue is married to David Rich and they have one daughter, Chessa, who is their greatest joy in life.


Julie Luther

Founder and Owner, PurEnergy Health and Wellness Services

Celebrate You

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Julie Luther is the founder and President of Julie Luther’s PurEnergy Health and Wellness Services, Inc.  She has worked with individuals and business organizations for over 30 years promoting overall wellness.Through her knowledge and personality, she brings a unique opportunity for individuals to improve their health, attitude, and life. Julie’s qualifications to provide wellness services are unrivaled.  In 1985, she was one of the first people in the nation to receive the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Instructor Certification.  In 1996, Julie received the Award of Excellence from the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Health for her contributions to health and fitness in North Carolina. In 2006 Julie was a featured speaker along with Richard Simmons at The Spa at Pinehurst’s “Energizing Weekend”. In December 2008 Julie was awarded Most Fit Health Club Professional in America. Most recently Julie was recognized as one of the Top Ten Personal Trainers in America of 2011.



Emily Dunlap Carter, President 

Angie Burleyson, Director, Business Development

Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Earning Leadership: The Delicate Balance Between Managing and Leading


Emily Dunlap Carter is the President and Franchise Owner of Dale Carnegie Training of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Under her leadership, her sales and delivery team navigate client relationships and training projects spanning across 59 North Carolina counties from Salisbury to Wilmington. They also serve regional, national, and global clients through their Carnegie network that stretches across the globe. Carter is a multi-course, award winning trainer of 5 Dale Carnegie programs and an award winning sales performer. She has also been recognized as a Dale Carnegie Training award winning franchise for consistently exceeding her revenue goals. Carter has trained hundreds of people to set “stretch goals” and use their skills to reach them. She and her team consider themselves privileged to work in a business that makes differences in the lives of people and in the cultures of companies. Carter is an avid exercise enthusiastic. She has completed two marathons and numerous ½ marathons. She enjoys lifting weights, stand-up paddle boarding, jumping rope, and doing Pilates. She also enjoys her daily sanity power walks with her dogs, Fergie and Winchester. In her free time she works in her yard, plays on her farm ,and blogs about life on achicksview.com. Carter lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with her husband, John, and daughters, Riley (20) and Ryann (14.) She is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State University with degrees in English and Communication Arts.


Angie Burleyson is the Director of Business Development in the Triad Region for Dale Carnegie Training of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  She is an award winning sales champion as well as a facilitator and coach.  Her vision is to help people achieve unlimited success in their personal and professional lives through enhanced skill development.  As a high achiever, Angie works diligently to help her clients reach their maximum potential. Burleyson is an avid learner and at any point you might find her reading topics ranging from Leadership to Science Fiction.  She is also a fitness fanatic enjoying boxing, running, cross fit, and weight lifting. Burleyson lives in Kernersville, NC with her husband, Terry, their children Landon (8), Leah (4), and their loving doggy, Luda.  In her down time, Angie enjoys taking camping trips with her family in their RV and going to the lake for relaxing rides on their boat. Angie has degrees in Art and Design from RCC/UNCG as well as Organizational Leadership from SNHU.