Shelton Leadership Forum

Shelton Leadership Forum

The Shelton Leadership Forum is a nationally recognized event heading into its 20th successful year. The event welcomes participants from all over North Carolina as well as from surrounding states for a day focused on practical lessons in values-based leadership. Networking opportunities are plentiful with an audience of corporate, education, non-profit, military, government and other emerging leaders. Our speakers include innovators from across the business and education communities.

The Shelton Leadership Forum is offered through the Shelton Leadership Center and administered by the NC State Office of the Provost. As Executive Director, General H. Hugh Shelton is committed to developing values-based leaders and bringing together inter-generational audiences from diverse professional backgrounds to create a more dynamic dialogue.

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2022 Shelton Leadership Forum | Friday, October 21, 2022

Decision Points: Leading Change with Accountability

2021 Shelton Leadership Forum | Friday, October 15, 2021

Future Leadership: Expectations to Learn, Unlearn, and Learn, Again

This year’s 20th anniversary of the Shelton Forum seeks to challenge professionals and students to reflect on their experiences, with the intention of utilizing those experiences to lead themselves and others in new ways. Keynote speakers will address our audience from different positionalities related to this year’s theme and cultivating a growth mindset. As always, come prepared to be inspired and take away tangible best practices to apply within your sphere of influence.

Keynote Speakers

Photograph of Arvind Krishna

Arvind Krishna, Chairman & CEO of IBM

Photo of Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall

Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, President & CEO, Marshalling Resources Consulting

Photograph of Eduardo Briceño

Eduardo Briceño, Co-Founder & CEO of Mindset Works

Panel Speakers

Moderator: Leslie Boney, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University

Thomas Stith, President, NC Community College System

Catherine Truitt, Superintendent, North Carolina State Public School System

Hope Williams, President, NC Independent Colleges & Universities

Registration Info

Virtual Registration

  • Early bird registration will be available September 1-24, 2021 for $30
  • Regular registration will be available September 25-October 8, 2021 for $50
  • Registration includes all day access to the Forum. Since this event will be live streamed, virtual registrants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers and panelists through a chat function. 

Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with NC State University and the North Carolina Community System

  • Registration is required for free virtual access to the Shelton Leadership Forum

Contact us for questions about registration, group rate information/registration, sponsor registration, or with any other questions about the Shelton Leadership Forum.

Virtual support provided by State Farm. 


8:15 AM Check in
8:30-9:00 AM Keynote – Re:Thinking the way Organizations are Led Moderator:
Randy Woodson, Chancellor of NC State University
Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM
The forum will begin with a unique opportunity to engage the Chief Executive Officer of IBM, Arvind Krishna, sharing recommendations for how leaders across the world will need to re-learn leading their organizations now and in the future. Arvind will share practical approaches for leaders to keep their organizations relevant in today’s constantly changing environment.
9:00 – 9:30 AMPanel – Equipping Today’s Leaders with Adaptability SkillsModerator: Leslie Boney, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University

Thomas Stith, President, NC Community College System

Catherine Truitt, Superintendent, North Carolina State Public School System

Hope Williams, President, NC Independent Colleges & Universities
This session will feature educational leaders who are implementing innovative ways to lead their organizations through these transitioning times with the emphasis on adaptability, building trust, and leading with a values-based mindset. The panel members will share strategies for how to lead organizations, being mindful of surrounding communities during transitioning times, addressing impacts of education in connection with community development and lifelong learning, and focusing on the leaders’ responsibility to move toward re-learning and change.
9:30 – 9:45 AMBreak
9:45 – 10:30 AMChanging the Culture Incorporating Three “L’s” into Your Leadership PracticesModerator: Laura Bingham, Independent Director, Sterling Capital Funds

Speaker: Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks
This session will assist leaders at all levels to advance their culture as you listen, learn and love those who are a part of your organization. As our world continues to face constant change it is what you do in the moment that matters most, which starts with a set of values you live by daily. Cynt will share with the audience strategies that have assisted her to lead within all her leadership experiences with a set of values while listening, learning and loving people.
10:30- 10:45 AMBreak
10:45 – 11:45 AMKeynote – Growth Mindset Leadership for a Culture of Continuous ImprovementModerator: Warwick Arden, Exec. Vice Chancellor & Provost, NC State University

Speaker: Eduardo Briceño, Co-Founder & CEO, Mindset Works
Purposeful, high-performing teams and organizations require a growth mindset culture of continuous improvement. Eduardo’s keynote will provide strategies for attendees to assist to accelerate human development, increase performance, and promote collaborative, learning-oriented relationships, incorporating key growth mindset research and strategies for individuals, educators, managers or leaders.

Sponsor the Forum

Interested in sponsoring the Shelton Leadership Forum? Though the theme changes annually, over 75% of sponsors renew their support year after year.

2021 Sponsors





Sponsorship Information

For more information about sponsorships, please contact Dr. Debbie Acker.