Shelton Leadership Forum

Decision Points:
Leading with Accountability

Join Us Virtually
Friday, October 21, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Leading change while our world continues to evolve can be challenging. This year’s forum provides practical strategies that current and emerging leaders can use to build a culture of accountability for self and others while also cultivating a positive work environment. Keynote speakers will address our audience from different perspectives on how to motivate others, build trust, improve performance, and ultimately transform the workplace. As always, come prepared to be inspired and take away tangible best practices as leaders adapt to this “normal of now.”


The Shelton Leadership Forum is a nationally recognized event heading into its 21st 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.


Cordell Riley

COO for Biggby Coffee

Heather McGowan

Strategic Consultant & Best-Selling Author

Sam Silverstein

Founder of the Accountability Movement


Mike Brown

Leadership & DEIB Coach, Trainer, & Consultant at Silver Eagle Consulting

Damon Moorer

President & CEO of TCM Bank, N.A.

Sarah Sassorossi

Plant Superintendent of Sonoco Products Company

Kristina Brunelle

Global Head, Equity Diversity Inclusion and Belonging of RTI International


Registration has now closed.

Links to Virtual Sessions will be sent the week of the event. Registrants will have the opportunity to engage with speakers and panelists through the event chat.

Contact us for questions about registration, group rate information, or sponsorships.

Virtual support provided by State Farm. 


TimeSession TitleSpeakersSession Overview
8:30am-9:00amRe-thinking the Way Organizations are LedModerator: To Be Announced
Speaker: Cordell Riley, COO for Biggby Coffee
The forum will begin with a unique opportunity to engage the Chief Operating Officer of Biggby Coffee, Cordell Riley, sharing recommendations for how leaders, whether from small or large organizations, need to “think and do” leadership differently to build a culture of accountability. Cordell will share practical approaches for leaders to keep their organizations relevant in today’s constantly changing environment that will foster greater trust and improved performance.
9:00am – 9:40amPanel DiscussionPanel (TBA)
Many organizations are struggling to effectively lead a diverse workforce in a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). In addition to adapting to COVID and addressing critical social justice issues, leaders are onboarding an entirely new generation of workers. Hear strategies that are working (and those that are not) from leaders as they seek to transform workplaces while also holding themselves, their people, and their organizations accountable. 
9:45am-10:30amThe Accountable Leader’s Guide to ChangeSam Silverstein, Founder of the Accountability MovementChange is an integral part of our world. The ability to get ahead of it, manage it, or initiate it for any organization falls squarely on the shoulders of leadership. Focusing on what people do won’t cut it anymore. Truly accountable leaders instead turn their focus on changing the way people THINK.
10:45am-11:45amAdaptation Advantage: Leading in a Post Pandemic WorldHeather McGowan, Strategic ConsultantWhen Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley wrote The Adaptation Advantage (April 2020, Wiley) they did not realize how prescient their advice and predictions would become when the coronavirus global pandemic required an immediate and dramatic shift in work, learning, and leading. Overnight companies remapped supply chains, pivoted product lines, and transformed to distributed work-from-home organization. Entire university and school systems adopted virtual delivery exclusively, something many said they would never do. This new normal, or normal of now, requires a focus on culture, purpose, trust, psychological safety as we embark on the largest social experiment in human history. The virus has accelerated our future of work, expedited our human transformation to digital creating, and placed an even greater burden on leaders to inspire and motivate human potential. Even when the virus subsides, many of our new ways of working will remain and we will be the better for this forced transformation. The question remains, what are best practices that will help build an accountable culture within organizations






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.

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