ANNUAL MEETINGS

Each year, Wilson Forward hosts an Annual Meeting for local partners and community members on the second week of October. This meeting is designed to focus on specific challenges and opportunities presented to the Wilson community while also highlighting the work of many existing partnerships and collaborative efforts dedicated to making Wilson a great place to work and live.

Registration is offered first to our community partners and then made available to other interested parties as space is available.  The event is free of charge due to the support of many community partners.

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2021 Wilson Forward Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 19th, 2022
9am-11:30am
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Presenters:

Dr. James Johnson Jr.

William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School

Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Dr. Johnson is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues.

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2020
#ReCONNECT Differently 

Presenters:

Mr. Leslie Boney

Director, Institute of Emerging Issues

Vice Provost, Outreach and Engagement, NC State University

Dr. Lane Mills

Superintendent, Wilson County Schools

Mr. Dante Pittman

Hometown Fellow - Lead for North Carolina

City Government of Wilson, NC

UNC School of Government

Presentation Link: 
#ReCONNECTDifferently

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE FROM THE WILSON TIMES.

 
2019
#CONNECTFORWARD

Presenters:

Mr. Tom Looney

Chief Strategy Officer, Trill AI

Retired, VP & General Manager of Lenovo North America 

Dr. Katherine Loflin 

Principal & Founding Partner, Amazing Place Productions

Strategic Partnerships, UNC’s Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab

Presentation Link: 
#CONNECTFORWARD

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE FROM THE WILSON TIMES.

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2018
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#ForwardThinking

Presenters:

Mr. Frank E. Emory Jr. 

Chairman, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP 

Dr. Elizabeth Tilson

State Health Director & Chief Medical Officer, NC Department of Health & Human Services 

Presentation Link: 
#ForwardThinking

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE FROM THE WILSON TIMES.

 
2017
Partnerships with Innovative Solutions for

Unemployment & Workforce Development

 

Presenters:

Mr. Kip Blakely

Vp Of Industry And Government Relations, Haeco Americas

Mr. Ben David

District Attorney: Fifth Judicial District, New Hanover And Pender Counties

Presentation Link: 
Partnerships With Innovative Solutions for Unemployment & Workforce Development

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE FROM THE WILSON TIMES.

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2016
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Creating Wilson’s Future
with Innovative Solutions
 

Presenters:

Dr. Anita Brown-Graham

Executive Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University

Presentation Link: 
Creating Wilson’s Future With Innovative Solutions

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE FROM THE WILSON TIMES.

 
2015
Disruptive Demographics and the Future
Competitiveness of Wilson County, NC
 

Presenters:

Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr

Willian Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy Director

Kenan-Flagler Business School, Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, UNC Chapel Hill

Presentation Link: 
Disruptive Demographics and the Future Competitiveness of Wilson County, NC

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE FROM THE WILSON TIMES.

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