2018 Regional Program


2017 schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 25
, – Building Authentic Relationships (Orientation)
Location:  Durham Art’s Council
9:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Collin Rustin, Collins Rustin and Associates

Thursday, Feb. 9 – Experience Healing Transitions
Healing Transitions (1251 Goode St., Raleigh)
9:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Chris Budnick, Executive Director, Healing Transitions

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Regionalism: Does it Matter?
Location: RTP @ The Frontier (800 Park Offices Dr, Research Triangle Park, NC)
9:00 to 4:00
Facilitators: Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC

Wednesday, March 8  – Entrepreneuring — Start-ups and Innovation
ReCity Network  (112 Broadway St, Durham)
9:00 to 4:00
Facilitators: Lizzy Hazeltine, Director, New Market Engagement – Shoeboxed

Wednesday, March 22 – Affordable Housing
Location: Shaw University – President’s Conference Rm | Estey Hall 3rd floor
9:00 to 4:00
Facilitators: Satana Deberry, Executive Director NC Housing Coalition & Allan Freyer, Director of Worker Rights, NC Justice Center


Wednesday, April 5 – Chatham County and the Arts
9:00 to 4:00
Facilitators: Many Special Guests

Wednesday, April 19 – Sustainable Agriculture
9:00 to 4:00
Facilitators:  Leigh-Kathryn Bonner

Monday, May 1 – Your Springboard to Leadership and Class Graduation
PNC Triangle Club, Durham Bulls
2:00 to 6:00 – class
6:00 to 8:00pm – graduation
Chair Emeritus, Jim Goodmon, Board Chair, and Goodmon Fellow, Michael Goodmon

In this class series, diverse issues are played out by regional leaders. It dissects topics that transcend city borders, such as economic development, immigration, the environment, human services, public policy, air and water quality, transportation and education to name a few. Each class creates a new community of leaders, with new tools to further engage and give back to the region. At graduation, they matriculate to the Goodmon Fellow Alumni Family, and continue to meet and network with even more regional leaders, from the many different Leadership Triangle classes.

2017 Class

  • Erik Benson, Client Outreach Specialist, KONTEK Systems, Inc.
  • Michele Bertram, Sr. Compensation Advisor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Benjamin Bradley, North Carolina Programs Associate, Inspiring Capital
  • Ashleigh Bachert, Executive Director, Durham Sports Council
  • Kathy Harrahan, WRAL.com Out and About Managing Editor, Capitol Broadcasting Company
  • Ben Johnston-Krase,Organizing Co-Pastor, Farm Church
  • Ceyonne Jones, Owner, CeyonneFitness
  • Tivi Jones, Marketing Director, UNC-TV
  • Kristy Kent, Senior Program Manager – Community Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Stephanie Loyka, TDM Mobility Management & Employer Outreach, GoTriangle
  • Justin Maness, Lead Beekeeper, Bee Downtown
  • Mike Molitoris, Owner, Flagship Wealth Management Group, LLC
  • Dr. Rhonda Muhammad, Retired Education Consultant, NC Department of Instruction
  • Shawn Olender, Residential Leasing Specialist, American Tobacco
  • Dalia Place, Project Director, Southeast Raleigh Promise
  • Jeremy Wilson, Co-Owner, Petram Measurements
  • Shannon Rentner, Consultant, Sweti Services
  • Craig Shipley, Director of Sales, The Durham Hotel
  • Tara Walczak-Daege, Administrative Director | Surgical Services, Duke Raleigh Hospital
This class loves the “waggle dance”…..the Bees taught them how to do it at the Sustainable Agriculture Class!

Click here for a good description of the class 


Quotes from Regional Class Graduates

“Leadership Triangle is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to not only learn about themselves but to also learn about their role and place in the region. Our region is filled with amazing people and opportunities and LT is a conduit for learning about and tapping into them.”

Marco Barker
UNC-Chapel Hill
Sr. Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives, Diversity and Multicultural Affair

“I have been looking forward to participating in Leadership Triangle since 2014, and I am happy to report that the program exceeded my expectations!  I am more informed about the Triangle region, have built great relationships with my colleagues, and am a better leader having completed the program.

Quinn Novels
The United Way of the Greater Triangle
Relationship Manager

“This class gave me insights into the Triangle that I never would have had, plus the opportunity to meet a great group of people.”

Nicky Rousseau
Senior Director

“The experience of meeting and learning together with folks across the region, while engaging the tough issues and challenging topics of today…priceless.”

John Bonitz
Chatham County

“Leadership Triangle is a call for anyone questioning what they can do to improve and serve the region; as an individual or as a cohort.”

James Amato
Fox 50

“In this class the connections I have made are fabulous. Who knew so many amazing organization thrive within the Triangle. I have met not only interesting business leaders, but future friends.”

Lesa Melvin
Creative Visions
Business Development Director


“The LT Regional Program pushed me to think about what was missing from my community and what I could do to make it a more connected and supportive locale.  With the knowledge and tools I gained, I hope to make a positive impact in my neighborhood and professional circles, in the spirit of regionalism.”

Lindsay Wagner
A.J. Fletcher Foundation
Education Specialist

“My experience with Leadership Triangle’s regional class was eye opening and thought provoking.  It gave me a clear understanding of how best to take my expertise and use it in a way that best serves the regional community at large.”

Joye Speight
Virtue Event Planning and Consulting, Inc.
Chief Designer

“Leadership Triangle far exceeded my expectation. Not only did I learn a lot about regional issues, but also developed lasting friendships.”

Kelle Beach
Raleigh Park & Recreation & Cultural Department
Marketing Communications Administrator

“Leadership Triangle has proven to be a great way to both meet and collaborate with other leaders in the Triangle in our region.”

Forrest Perry
Durham YMCAs
Executive Director

“Leadership Triangle allowed me the opportunity to get out of my bubble and learn things about the region that I didn’t know about. I am very grateful for this experience.”

Meg Buckingham
The Triangle Community Foundation
Marketing and Communications Officer

“As a small business owner, you find ways to participate in professional development in a cost effective way. This class is the best money spent on myself that will directly benefit my company and the community.”

Angela Caraway
Caraway Management Group, Inc.

Orientation!  Class meets and greets
each other as they develop
authentic relationships
Chris Budnick, Healing Transitions, shares the history and miracles of the organizations
Ryan Clark shares the history and mission of the Inter Faith Food Shuttle
The class works on the affordable housing simulation
The class works on the affordable housing simulation
The class works on the affordable housing simulation
The class works on the affordable housing simulation
Mike Schlegal from TJCOG facilities the class-a great job!
Marguerite Murray helps water come to life-another great facilitator
This is so true!
We all can relate to water!
Class is amazed all places lots of water is required.
How can we find the "land of opportunity" in our projects?
Plant Manager, Damon Forney, shares info about this beautiful water reclamation center
Time to introduce "Leader of the Year!"
Time to introduce "Leader of the Year!"
Time to introduce "Leader of the Year!"
Time to introduce "Leader of the Year!"
Nick--what a leader!
Time to introduce "Leader of the Year!"
Time to introduce "Leader of the Year!"
This facility is truly regional--run by Town of Cary and it affects Cary, Morrisville, Pittsboro and many smaller communities
Goodmon Fellow and Mayor Tom Stevens leads us through Hillsborough
Hillsborough Guests (center Goodmon Fellow, Town Planner, Margaret Hauth),  share their Hillsborough passion!
Tom in action in his community
The Sculpture from afar!
A fun afternoon in Carrboro lead by Goodmon Fellow and Carrboro Alderman, Randee Haven-O'Donnell
Goodmon Fellows Matt Honeycutt and Forrest Perry organized a class "A day in the life of an entrepreneur"
Was fantastic!
Matt, a real estate development manager with Capitol Broadcasting, in action!
Matt presents
Goodmon Fellow, Forrest Perry, ED of Durham Branch of YMCAs, in action
Forrest presents!
Tatiana Birgisson, founder and CEO of MATI Energy, was a great panelist
Matt Beery is Digitalsmiths’ COO/CTO and another great panelist
What treat to stroll through the WRAL gardens with Jim Goodmon
Jim Goodmon explains the gardens will expand each year...to Centennial Campus!
Goodmon Fellow and WRAL, Anchor, Debra Morgan planned and facilitated the class.
The class so enjoyed the WRAL gardens
Jim explains the WRAL gardens were born from his grandfather.  A true gift to all.
What a beautiful sight
A relaxing walk in paradise!
Goodmon Fellow Debra Morgan, WRAL-TV NIGHT TIME anchor, gave so much to Leadership Triangle, in THE MORNING!
The WRAL Gardens
Pansies on the sidewalks
Such a beautiful, privately owned company.  Thank you Fletchers and Goodmons
Jim sharing so many details of his company.
Creative Director, Shelly Leslie, tell the tale of the PEACOCK as WRAL merges with the NBC Family.
Jodi Glusco is the WRAL social media guru, and she is on 24/7!
The class attentive
Goodmon Fellow Aysu Basaran explains how items get chosen for TV
Goodmon Fellows Niel Sollod and Liz Kline inspire the class!
Goodmon Fellow, Liz Kline says, "eNough is eNough!"  She is a great example of a person who acts on her passion.