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NC State Shelton Forum to Focus on Strategic Leadership

George Bodenheimer, executive chairman of ESPN Inc., and retired four-star Gen. Ann Dunwoody, who managed the Army’s global supply chain in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be the keynote speakers for NC State University’s General Hugh Shelton Leadership Forum on Friday, Nov. 8, at the McKimmon Center.

The forum, now in its 12th year, will focus on “Strengthening Organizational Culture Through Strategic Leadership.”

Sessions begin with an 8:45 a.m. panel discussion featuring Amy Baker, office managing partner for Ernst & Young LLP in Raleigh and Greensboro; Jennifer Mann, vice president for human resources at SAS; and Joseph Richart, senior director of product operations for NetApp.

Dunwoody, who became the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star general in 2008, will speak on “Organizational Culture: Visioning For Success” at 11 a.m. Bodenheimer, who has helped elevate ESPN’s corporate outreach, most notably with the V Foundation for Cancer Research founded by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, will speak on “Putting People First and Building a First-Class Team” at 2 p.m.

The reigning Miss North Carolina, NC State graduate Johna Edwards, will speak about her literacy platform at lunch, when NC State’s “Grains of Time” will also perform. A special afternoon session will be offered for students on “Making Your Organizational Culture a Reality.”

A discounted early registration fee of $149, including lunch, will be offered through Friday, Oct. 25. After that, the cost to attend the forum is $189. Registration is available at

The Shelton Leadership Forum is an annual seminar series that focuses attention on the importance of leadership development. The forum is one program offering of the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center administered by NC State’s Office of the Provost. As executive director, General Shelton is committed to developing values-based leadership skills to enhance corporate, government, education, nonprofit and youth-development organizations.

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