2020 Shelton Leadership Forum Speakers and Panelists

About Our Speakers

Chuck Robbins is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco. He assumed the role of CEO on July 26, 2015 and was elected Chairman of the Board on December 11, 2017. As Chairman and CEO, Chuck is focused on helping companies, cities and countries around the world as they look to Cisco to connect everything and everyone by building the highly secure, intelligent platform for digital business.

Over his 20 years at Cisco, he has served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations, where he led the Worldwide Sales and Partner Organizations, and helped drive and execute many of the company’s investment areas and strategy shifts; Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco’s largest geographic region; Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada; Senior Vice President of U.S. Commercial Sales; and Segment Vice President, U.S. and Canada channel organization, where he was instrumental in helping build the industry’s most powerful partner program.

Prior to joining Cisco, Chuck held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications. Chuck is on the Board of Directors for BlackRock; Chairman of the US-Japan Business Council; a Member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum; on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable where he serves as Chairman of the Immigration Committee; a Board of Trustees member for the Ford Foundation; and a member of the International Council for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.


Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.

Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Carla received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. Carla has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University respectively. Carla Harris is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.”

She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of The Executive Leadership Council, The Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc, and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Xavier University, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. Ms. Harris is co-chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and was a member of the Board of Overseers’ Committee on University Resources, Harvard University. She has been named to the New Jersey Hall of Fame (2015) and has received the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women’s Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated and many other awards. In her other life, Carla is a singer, and has released her third gospel CD “Unceasing Praise” (2011) , her second CD, a gospel album titled, “Joy Is Waiting”, was featured on BET Nightly News while her first CD entitled, “Carla’s First Christmas”, was a bestseller on Amazon.com in New York and in record stores, and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his “American Dream” segment. She has performed 5 sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall. Carla is also the author of the newly released book, Strategize to Win (2014) and of Expect to Win (2009) (Hudson Press).


As the Swedish-Australian founder of Thinque, Anders Sorman-Nilsson (LLB MBA) has become a valued strategist to Fortune 500s and ASX leaders, converting provocative questions into proactive, predictive strategies. A global thought leader since 2005, Anders works across four continents as a speaker, futurist and author.

Anders is an active member of TEDGlobal and has keynoted at TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader in 2019, and was the keynote speaker at the G20’s Y20 Summit in Australia. His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience, which is why clients like Apple, Cisco, Mercedes Benz, Hilton, SAP, Gartner and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years to help them to push the bounds of the status quo –translating research into valuable foresight and business impact.

Featured regularly in international media including Monocle, Business Insider, Sky News Business, CIO Magazine and BOSS, Anders has authored two books; Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customer and Thinque Funky: upgrade your thinking. His new book is out and it is called: Seamless: A Hero’s Journey of Digital Disruption, Adaptation and Human Transformation.

About Our Panelists

Sally Webb Berry, CSEP is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Special Event Company in Raleigh, NC. The company has produced events in over 25 countries since its formation over 32 years ago in London, and has been recognized for the past 3 years as one of the Top 50 Global Event Companies by Special Events Magazine

TSEC has won many international awards for their work and Sally’s personal accolades include International Event Producer of the Year from Event Solutions Magazine, Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Live Events Association (ILEA), the Steve Kemble Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to the Special Event Industry and in 2018 received the highest accolade of Lifetime Achievement Award at The Special Event Show.

Sally is a regular lecturer on event management across the globe at industry conferences and universities.  Before moving to the US in 2005, Sally was a founding member and former President of ILEA in the UK.  She is also founder of the AEP, Academic Event Professional Conference, now in its 14th year as one of the leading professional development forums for campus planners.

In 2012, Sally founded Teen Cancer America with The Who’s Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshenda non-profit which delivers support services and facilities to teen cancer patients throughout North America.

Sally is the currently the Chair of the event industry certification program revamp taskforce, and lives in Cary with her husband Grant Berry, who is a professional caddie on the PGA Tour.

Václav Svec graduated at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. He continued his studies in a Ph.D. program focused on management, which he successfully completed in 2006. He participated in various study internships, for example at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland or at Kansas State University in the USA.

He currently works as an assistant professor at the CULS Faculty of Business and Economics in Prague. He worked as head of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Center of the Faculty of Business and Economics and was a member of the university business incubator selection committee of CULS in Prague called Point One. He serves as a member of the CULS Rector’s advisory body in Prague (CULS Licensing Council in Prague), and currently he is the head of the study program Innovative Entrepreneurship from Finish concept of Team Academy® with no lectures and no teachers.

In his academic area he focuses on teaching, research, and also cooperation with practice in the fields of management, strategic management, business management, entrepreneurship, educational games and their application, and he is still active in the transfer of technology from the science and research into the practice. He also works as a certified team coach and as a performer of his own business simulations Act As A® and FactOrEasy®.

Adela Li is currently an undergraduate senior at NC State University studying Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources. Adela currently works at Lead Shopkeep assisting the administration on reorganizing the business model in lieu of the current impacts of COVID, while also having responsibilities with recruitment and training new hires. Since high school, she has had a passion for spreading awareness about food insecurity with her involvement with The Food Ark. She now serves as the Executive Director working with the Board of Directors to keep all chapters in communication and coordinate annual events.

Adela is also a part of the first cohort who studied abroad during Spring 2020 with the Global Leadership & Team Decision-Making minor at NC State University. Adela selected this study abroad experience because she believed it provided the perfect blend of exploring multiple cultures, as well as how the coursework complemented her business studies and the opportunities to teach her so much about the global workforce through corporate and community leader visits outside of the classroom.

During this session, Adela will share with the audience how this unique experience has taught her to recognize that value can only be added to our everyday experiences when there is continuous self-reflection, humility, mental flexibility, and a genuine desire to share.

Adam Gross is currently a senior majoring in Nutrition Sciences at NC State University, with minors in Sports Science and Global Leadership & Team Decision-Making. The past several years, Adam has worked with Camp Kanata, Aptive Environmental, and as a USA Hockey On-Ice Official. Following graduation, Adam plans to take a gap year to travel and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro before applying for graduate school.

Through his experience during Spring 2020 studying abroad with the Global Leadership minor, he now has a greater appreciation for how our world is more connected than ever. Another learning from his experience has helped him realize how crucial it is to gain a greater understanding of the world by stepping out of our own bubbles, to broaden our perspectives.

During this panel session, Adam will share more about how he developed an appreciation for other cultures, but more importantly how the experience allowed him the opportunity to discover himself as a leader, young adult, and a friend.

“One of the most consistent themes of the entire trip and something I encourage everyone to develop is a “growth mindset”. This is not something that changed in my perception but was completely solidified. I had already explored this concept before this whole journey started. Specifically, that abilities can be developed and that my attributes are not fixed.”

About Our Presenters

Dr. Jason Bocarro is a Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management at NC State University. Dr. Bocarro’s research focuses on the intersection of childhood and adolescent health and inactivity and specifically examining the relationship between the built environment and public spaces and human health. His research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Centers for Disease Control, National Park Service, European Union (EU), National Recreation and Park Association, Aspen Institute, and sport governing bodies such as USA Hockey. His research has been featured in Time Magazine, the Guardian, National Public Radio, and USA Today.  In 2010, Dr. Bocarro was named the College of Natural Resources Outstanding Teaching of the Year and an NC State Outstanding Teacher and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In 2015 he was named Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, awarded in recognition of distinguished service in support of undergraduate teaching and an NC State Faculty Scholar, awarded to recognize and reward emerging academic leaders among the NC State faculty. He has been a visiting scholar Coventry University (UK), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa) and the Technische Universität München in Germany.  Dr. Bocarro was named Dr. Bocarro has published over 70 peer reviewed research journal publications and book chapters spanning a number of disciplines including medicine, sociology, public health, psychology, parks and recreation, exercise science and education as well as book chapters and practitioner based publications. He is also the co-editor of the book Legacies of Mega Events: Fact or Fairy Tales. Dr. Bocarro is also the Executive Education Director for the British American Business Council designed to build on the close professional, business, and cultural relationships between the United States and the United Kingdom and to act as a catalyst to help maintain and further strengthen the strong and lasting trade partnerships between these two countries.


Dr. Warwick Arden is North Carolina State University’s executive vice chancellor and provost and has been in the position since December 2010. From July 2014 to February 2015, Arden concurrently served as interim senior vice president for the University of North Carolina system, comprised of 17 campuses serving more than 220,000 students. Previously, Arden served as interim provost since 2009, and as dean of NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 2004 to 2009.

As provost, he is NC State’s chief academic officer, reports to the chancellor, and collaborates with vice provosts, executive officers, college deans and others in the administration of all academic and student affairs. He has led numerous key campus initiatives, including the development and implementation of “The Pathway to the Future: NC State’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan,” along with the university’s recent reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Arden received a Bachelor of Science in veterinary sciences (DVM equivalent) and a diploma of veterinary clinical studies from the University of Sydney, Australia; a Master of Science in physiology from Michigan State University; and a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky.

He has extensive experience in veterinary surgery, having served as department head and professor for the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; associate professor of surgery and physiology and director of the Surgical Research Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine; and as assistant professor of surgery at both the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Arden has led a National Institutes of Health-funded vascular biology research program and has published more than 100 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters. He has given approximately 60 scientific and invited presentations and has been a visiting professor at nine institutes. Arden has also maintained an active interest in educational research. He is a member of several professional veterinary organizations and served as president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.







As Director of the Shelton Leadership Center, Barbara Mulkey is passionate about the Center’s mission to develop the next generation of values-based leaders. She feels an urgency to spread the word to pre-college and college students about the importance of identifying their foundational values and developing themselves as leaders as they prepare for their careers and lives.

Barbara has long been connected with NC State, including serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and as the Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors, as well as serving on the Entrepreneurship Alliance Board of Advisors and the College of Engineering Foundation Board.

A Licensed Professional Engineer, Barbara holds a Master’s in Structural Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from NC State. She started her career at the NC Department of Transportation as a bridge design engineer. She worked for several engineering consulting firms in the area as a structural engineer, progressing to Senior VP of Business Development. In 1993, she founded Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, which grew to become one of the Top 500 Engineering Firms in the U.S., according to Engineering News-Record.

Volunteering has always been a given for Barbara, especially when the experiences focus on encouraging women to excel in STEM professions and supporting the engineering field in general.








General Henry H. Shelton was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in textiles from North Carolina State University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He spent the next 38 years in a variety of command and staff positions, serving 2 combat tours in Vietnam.  He commanded the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Airborne Corp at Ft Bragg, NC.

General Shelton became the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 1997, and served two two-year terms, retiring on September 30, 2001. Throughout his tenure as chairman, U.S. forces were in heavy demand and participated in numerous joint operations around the globe.

General Shelton serves as the Executive Director of the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at North Carolina State University.

General Shelton holds a master’s degree from Auburn University, and has attended Harvard University, the Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College.








Dr. Randy Woodson became North Carolina State University’s 14th chancellor in April 2010. Woodson leads the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 34,000 students and a $1.5 billion budget. Under his leadership, the university created and implemented The Pathway to the Future strategic plan that has elevated NC State’s recognition among the nation’s top public research universities.

NC State has become a lead university for two NSF Engineering Research Centers, one Manufacturing USA institute and partner on six others, and expanded to more than 75 industry and government partnerships on its nationally recognized Centennial Campus. NC State has also garnered national and international recognition for its faculty and student scholarship.

NC State launched the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign to raise $1.6 billion for scholarships, research, programs and facilities, propelling the university to even greater heights.
Leading by example to tackle the world’s grand challenges, Woodson also chairs the APLU Commission of Global Food Security and serves on the US Council of Competitiveness Executive Committee.

A nationally recognized scholar and academic leader, Chancellor Woodson came to NC State having most recently served as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at Purdue University. An internationally-renowned plant molecular biologist specializing in reproductive processes in agricultural crops, he earned his undergraduate degree in horticulture from the University of Arkansas and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant physiology from Cornell University.

Under his leadership, NC State has become a pre-eminent research enterprise known for solving real-world challenges – a true Think and Do university. Woodson’s strategic vision has enabled the university to advance in areas of student success, innovative research, and collaborative partnerships. This has resulted in students ready to solve real-world challenges, public-private partnerships that transform ideas into solutions, and a creative, engaging center of learning and exploration for all.

True to its land-grant heritage, NC State creates economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country — with increasing momentum under Woodson’s direction.







Dr. Debbie Acker – I am the Senior Associate Director for Operations and Academic Programs in the Shelton Leadership Center, as well as a teaching professor within University College at North Carolina State University.  The Shelton Leadership Center exists under the Office of the Provost and is a NC University System Center.

My general interests include values-based leadership, group/team decision-making, and cross-discipline working groups.  Over the span of my professional career, my expertise focuses on the development and training of leadership competencies including meaningful group work, effective teams, decision-making, incorporation of intentional values-based attributes when leading others (honesty, integrity, diversity, social responsibility and compassion), and developing a global mindset.  These efforts have resulted in more than 18 years of sustainable programs, courses and minors to advance generational leaders.  As a senior leader, I have successfully collaborated with university faculty, staff and administrators across disciplines to enhance student success as leaders within their field of studies, resulting in current programs, research, courses and minors. My most recent success in Spring 2020 was launching an undergraduate minor, Global Leadership and Team Decision Making, that involved a semester experience in three countries (Czech Republic, England and Germany). Students were taught by NC State faculty, as well, faculty from partnering universities.

I have had the pleasure of teaching students during my time as an administrator at North Carolina State University.  These experiences have enabled me to teach and present nationally and internationally in the Czech Republic, Honduras, India, Alaska, to name a few. One of our long-standing programs (18 years) has trained over 15,000 people. This program uses a multi-generational volunteer staffing model. To this day, students who started with the program its first year, continue to serve and give back to the program. I have graduated 1 Ph.D. student, which her research was done on the program and student impact. I am humbled to have the opportunity to develop others along-side people who share a passion for helping others. I share this one example to demonstrate my leadership success and continued growth of training and teaching opportunities for students and professionals.

As a contributor to this multi-discipline minor, I will co-teach the Leadership in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences course. I am confident that our team can provide a practical application course with the expertise of myself in leadership and my colleague’s in biomedical sciences.








Allin Foulkrod developed his love of event management at an early age. By the time he was a teen, he had already presented at hundreds of live and televised events as the President of DECA, a national student marketing and entrepreneurship group with 180,000 members. Allin learned what worked in events–and, more importantly, what didn’t. In the process, he developed a keen desire to make a difference whenever and wherever audiences gather. In 1989, Allin launched Creative Visions from his NC State dorm room, and under his direction, it has grown into an award-winning strategic event solution provider. He continues in his role as President and visionary leader of the company, and provides the fuel for innovation, growth, extraordinary client satisfaction and retention. Business success for Allin relies on a commitment to learning quickly and helping others succeed. These tenets have provided him with the knowledge and experience to invest successfully in the growth of his team members and the industry in general. Allin is a sought-after industry expert, having served as instructor at Duke University and presented at numerous industry events.  He has also operated programs in more than 15 countries, earned the professional designation of CSEP (Certified Special Event Producer), and received multiple International Live Event Association (formerly ISES) Esprit and regional awards. A dedicated husband and father of three, Allin currently serves on several non-profit boards, including a college with 70,000 students and an equine ranch that provides healing for hurting children and their families. He has a BA in Communications from North Carolina State University and a self-designated Doctorate of Hard Knocks.