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Forward Faster: Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Disruption

  • UNCC Center City - Room 1104 320 East 9th Street Charlotte, NC, 28202 United States (map)

In an age of constant change and disruption, how might we not just survive, but thrive? One school of thought suggests that we focus on building resilience, but what exactly does that mean? In their new book, Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant define it as "the strength and speed of our response to adversity," and they make the case that resilience is not a fixed personality trait, but a capacity that can be developed over time.

In this installment of the Forward Faster By Design Breakfast Series, we'll talk with leaders who will share their first-hand experiences with cultivating resilience in organizations, communities, and individuals. We'll also discuss the benefits of being the disruptive force that upsets the status quo.

Special Guests:

Paula Broadwell, a graduate of both West Point and Harvard, will share her experiences in advocating for women's rights around the globe during her military career and in promoting gender equality in the media and society through the non-profit she co-founded, Think Broader.

Mike McGuire, CEO of Grant Thornton, will discuss his approach to leadership in the midst of upheaval, which was put to the test during the downfall of Arthur Andersen as a result of the Enron debacle.

Carlos Salum, international entrepreneur and peak performance coach, will provide insights into how teams and individuals can achieve breakthrough performance by strengthening their capacity to bounce back from defeat.

Charles Thomas, Program Director in Charlotte for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will offer food for thought on how we can build resiliency in our communities by fostering a culture of civic engagement.

A light breakfast buffet and parking are included with each ticket.


7:30am - 8:00am Breakfast + Networking

8:00am - 9:00am Program + Q&A

Earlier Event: May 17