Shelton Speaker Series

Issues of Access during the Pandemic 

Please join us for the second installment of the Shelton Speaker Series, a partnership with the University Honors and Scholars Program. This semester we are hosting a two-day event with panelists from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to discuss issues of access during the pandemic.


Fall 2020 Speakers

Monday, October 12th, 2020 | 3-4pm- This event invites guest speakers from the Wake County Public School System to discuss local issues of technology and equity access in public education. To register, please click here.

Panelists include:

Dr. Mark Savage 
Eastern Area Superintendent, Wake County Public School System (WCPSS)

Dr. Rodney Trice 
Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs, Wake County Public School System (WCPSS)

Allison Reid
Senior Director, Digital Learning & Libraries, Wake County Public School System (WCPSS)


Tuesday, October 13th , 2020 | 3-4pm- This event invites guest speakers from North Carolina and around the United States to discuss issues of food insecurity, voter access, and medical support in the private sector. To register please click here.

Panelists include:

Rachel Quigley
Business, Corporations, and Events Manager, Interfaith Food Shuttle

Angelica Razo 
State Director, Mi Familia Vota

Justin Shaka
CEO, Rebion





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 policy 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