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The Leadership Triangle Awards Gala / Goodmon Awards PDF Print E-mail

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Community Service
Kevin Trapani, President of The Redwoods Group, is an innovative insurance provider.  Service is the company’s primary mission.  So each employee is given 40 hours each year to serve communities in need.    Kevin and his wife Jennifer lead by example, motivating others by serving on or chairing numerous nonprofit boards, opening their home to educational events and fundraisers, and promoting more community service and involvement in the broader Triangle community.   Employees have volunteered for a broad cross-section of good causes and non-profits that span the triangle. 


Economic Development
Carol Peppe Hewitt is director of peer lending non-profit Slow Money NC.  To date, Slow Money has successfully catalyzed over $800,000 in peer-to-peer loans to help dozens of farms and small businesses who are involved in the local food systems to expand and innovate.  The funds have been used for a wide variety of business needs, including from securing a new location to renovations, purchasing equipment, marketing and buying seeds.   Carol is an innovator in local food, sustainability and economic development.    She is an innovator and a guiding light that demonstrates daily that anyone can change a community by making positive choices and investing their money where it matters most –at home.


Arts and Entertainment
Paperhand Puppet Intervention is at the front of a growing movement in the Triangle that places an emphasis on the environmental sustainability and broad accessibility of their art. The organization’s work is concrete and ethereal. Their work inspires young and old alike, sheds new light on our world, encourages other organizations in the triangle to grow and succeed, and creates a community open to everyone in the triangle.  Annually, Paperhand presents a giant puppet pageant at the Forest Theater in Chapel Hill and the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. These shows reach an audience of around 14,000 people.  Over 100 community members have the opportunity to participate in the artistic creation of the show through community workdays.  They also employ approximately 30 Triangle puppeteers and musicians.


Goodmon Fellow (alumnus)
Atrayus Goode models the spirit and practices of dedicated leadership through his devotion to the organization he founded.   Movement of Youth (MOY) is a comprehensive educational and mentoring program built to expand opportunities for diverse middle and high school students. It has developed a community of 70 college mentors from 3 universities (UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina Central University) who share a passion for working with youth from underrepresented populations.  Last year, under Mr. Goode’s leadership, MOY impacted 200 students (96% students of color) from 26 different schools across 4 counties. 80% of students maintained a 2.75 GPA (B- Average or above).   100% of seniors graduated from high school.  100% of eligible students enrolled in at least one honors-level course.  100% of students had satisfactory school behavior (no suspensions) and all of them visited at least one college campus before graduating.   At 28, Mr. Goode is a rare, young leader.  He has earned the Goodmon Fellow Award, one that is reserved solely for graduates of Leadership Triangle programs, by modeling the type of leader the program wants to develop in the Triangle area.


Strategic Partnership
Barker French is a long-time investment banker and lifelong proponent for creating better outcomes for children and youth.    Mr. French has been a model of engagement and philanthropy in the Durham community for decades. His commitment to bettering outcomes for children living in low-wealth areas of Durham inspired him to build strategic partnerships with other local leaders, which culminated in the founding of East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI).  Mr. French, a first among equals, has demonstrated his heartfelt commitment and leadership in improving the lives of others through service to organizations across the Triangle.  Please return soon for the individual videos of each winner.


2013 Hall of Fame Inductee

Doris E. Barksdale has been motivating regional leaders since her arrival to the Triangle in 1997.  As a motivational consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes, she reached out across the region and worked diligently to inspire individuals to step up and act, and be a change agent to improve the lives of EVERYONE.  For years she served as a leadership coach for LEADERSHIP TRIANGLE and through Doris' energy and passion, many people were transformed to be leaders, and for some, better leaders, but even more important, to be better people.  To accept the award in memory of his "awesome" mother and true regional angel, was her son Robert Douglas.


What is The Leadership Triangle Awards Gala?

The Leadership Triangle Awards Gala, formerly called the Goodmon Awards, named after James F. Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting and chair emeritus of Leadership Triangle, recognize outstanding, regionally-minded Triangle leaders and organizations. In our efforts to promote regional leaders, we present five Goodmon Awards, and for the past two years had a Hall of Fame Induction.  The Leadership Triangle Awards Gala, presented by the Carolina Hurricanes, was Monday, December 9, 2013 in Bay 7 on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

Click here for a glimpse into the 2013 LT Awards Gala

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Past Winners

As communities across the Triangle come to understand the importance of working together, regional thinking and regional cooperation become more essential to our individual and collective well being. Yet, we have few mechanisms in place for rewarding such regional foresight and action. As a result, Leadership Triangle in 2002 established the annual Goodmon Awards in honor of James F. Goodmon, chair emeritus, Leadership Triangle, and president/CEO, Capitol Broadcasting Company.

These awards recognize leaders in our community who are regionally minded - and who exhibit that frame of mind in their personal and professional lives. The categories of winners include individuals, public officials/governmental, organizations, partnerships and Leadership Triangle Alumni (Goodmon Fellows)