Shelton Leadership Forum

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The annual General H. Hugh Shelton National Leadership Forum at North Carolina State University is committed to providing excellence in inspirational leadership and professional development. The Forum’s primary focus centers on the importance of values-based leadership development for corporations, educational institutions, community agencies and public officials. We strategically coordinate this one-day event during the month of November to link these varied constituencies in professional dialogue around values based leadership development to enhance the opportunity for community partnerships and personal growth.

John Chambers

John Chambers Speaking at the Shelton Forum

Previous topic areas include:

  • Values-Based Leadership
  • Leading Organizations that Embrace Change
  • Practical Applications for Exemplary Leadership
  • Leadership That Leaves a Legacy
  • Leadership From the Top: Shaping the Organizational Culture
  • Shaping the Game: The Power of TEAM Leadership

Speakers have included but are not limited to:

  • General H. Hugh Shelton
  • Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Executive Coach, Author, Management and Leadership Expert
  • HON Louis Freeh, Former Director Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Sec. Elaine Chao, 24th Secretary of Labor
  • General Ann Dunwoody USA (Ret.) Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command
  • George Bodenheimer , Executive Chairman, ESPN, Inc.
  • John Chambers Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Tom BrokawNBC Correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation”
  • Verne HarnishCEO of Gazelles, Inc.
  • Jim WhitehurstCEO of Red Hat
  • Bridget van Kralingen, General Manager, IBM North America
  • Sherron Watkins, Sherron Watkins and Company, Inc.
  • John Allison, Chairman of BB&T
  • Tom Barnett, Senior Managing Director of Enterra Solutions, LLC
  • Cal Ripken, Jr.Baseball Iron Man and Hall of Famer
  • Howard PutnamFormer CEO of Southwest Airlines
  • LTG Rusell HonoréCommanding General of First Army
  • Secretary William S. Cohen, Former Secretary of Defense
  • Dr. Stephen Coveyauthor of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Mr. Jim Kouzesco-author of The Leadership Challenge
  • Mr. Ross PerotFounder and CEO Emeritus of Perot Systems Corporation
  • Dr. John Maxwellauthor of The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
  • Ms. Connie StevensCEO of Forever Spring
  • Mr. Matthew SzulikPresident of Red Hat, Inc.
  • Mr. Steve ZelnakChrm. and CEO of Martin Marietta
  • Ms. Suzanne BurnsVP and General Manager of Eaton Corporation
  • Dr. Tom HoulihanExecutive Director of Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Mr. William FridayFounding President of the North Carolina University System
  • Mr. Orage QuarlesPresident and CEO of Raleigh’s News & Observer


The forum is ideal for personnel in the corporate, higher education, K-12 education and government professions to attend for leadership development training. Please contact the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at 919-513-0148 or Dr. Debbie Reno Acker at for more information.


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