Shelton Speaker Series















We all have a story, and often, our journeys do not turn out the way we envisioned.

With the inaugural Shelton Speaker Series, we invite the campus community to hear how seven alumni have used their NC State experiences to become leaders in unexpected careers.

Spring 2020 Speakers

The April 6, 2020 event has been cancelled in accordance with current university poly regarding COVID-19. 


Derick Close, ’82 BS Textiles and Apparel Management

CEO and Owner, Springs Creative Products Group, Carolina Manufacturing and Springsteen Logistics

Chuck Flink, ’82 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Founder/Owner, Greenways Incorporated, Executive in Residence – NC State College of Design

Barbara Mulkey, ’84 Master of Civil Engineering, ’77 BS Civil Engineering
Director, Shelton Leadership Center

Stewart Theatre


This event is open to all NC State students, faculty, and staff. Doors will open at 3pm and seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.


2019-2020 Speakers:

October 7, 2019Gayle Lanier Former Senior Vice President, Duke Energy  (’82 BS Industrial Engineering) and Brittany Lanier Marketing Manager, MillerCoors (’07 BS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)

November 11, 2019 – Dr. Jim Owens, ’68 BS Textiles Technology, ’70 MR Textiles Technology, ’73 PhD Economics, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Caterpillar Inc.

February 3, 2020 – Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, ’15 BA International Studies, Founder and CEO, Bee Downtown