Gina Andersen at the beach
Gina Andersen at the beach

Gina Andersen is a Triangle-transplant, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate and the RTP Site Engagement Lead at Cisco. Gina shares how the Regional and Transforming Leaders programs inspired her to move from the nonprofit sector to leading with empathy in the private sector at Cisco. Gina is a 2013 and 2017 Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow as well as a Peer Coach.

Owen Jordan: Thank you for…

Leah McCall Devlin

Leah McCall Devlin, DDS, MPH is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. With more than 40 years in public health practice in North Carolina including 10 years as the Wake County Health Director, 8 years as the State Health Director for North Carolina, and many board member positions, Leah is a true advocate for leadership. In this conversation, she shares about the power of leadership in health policy.

Leah is a 1992 Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow (the first class!).

Hannah Parker is the Program Director for the nonprofit Band Together, where she combines an affinity for music and event production with a passion for community service. On the side, Hannah is a radio curator with 95.7 That Station where she gets to chat endlessly about her aforementioned affinity for music. When she’s not on the joyful work grind, you can likely find her on a bicycle, in a body of water, writing short stories or indulging her green thumb.

Hannah is a 2020 Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow, through the Transforming Leaders program.

Kristine: Tell me a little bit about your background.

Hannah: I am a Raleigh native. I love it here, and I’ve spent most of my life within the city. I did go to school out of the region, traveled a bit, and…

Dr Brian C. Ralph, is the President of William Peace University. Dr. Ralph’s career includes leadership roles at Hocking College in Ohio, Bethany College in West Virginia and Queens University in North Carolina. Dr. Ralph has a number of professional affiliations, including The Fifty Group, Leadership Triangle Executive program; board member of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC), Downtown Raleigh Alliance, The Alexander Family YMCA, The USA South Athletic Conference and Independent College Enterprise (ICE). As president of WPU, Dr. Ralph oversees a student body of almost 1,000 full and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate day, evening, and online programs, and an alumni body of more than 9,000. An astounding 97 percent of graduates from the classes of 2015 and 2016 were employed and/or in graduate school within one year after graduation. Dr. Ralph received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University, and both a Master in Business Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Communication and Culture from Ohio University. He and his wife Kristen have been married 22 years and have three daughters.

He is a 2016–2017 Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow.

Kristine: To get us started, I’d love for you to share a bit of your story, and maybe some pieces that aren’t included in your public bio.

Dr. Ralph: So first, I would say that my identity and my purpose is shaped by my Christian faith. I was born and raised in Skaneateles, New…

Moses Ochola, Director of Creative Strategy and Vision of Black Farmer’s Market, tells us about the power of local food from BIPOC farmers. In this conversation, we explore the difference between food deserts and food apartheid, how farmer’s markets can be a place for community and education. Moses is a Transforming Leaders 2017 Goodmon Fellow.

Owen: You told me recently that you co-founded Black Farmers Market, which is really cool. What was the vision behind that?

Moses: The Black Farmer’s Market started with the support and guidance of farmers asking us to create a marketplace for them. …

Nick Bavin is the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Durham Bulls Baseball Club, American Tobacco Campus & Holly Springs Salamanders. He is skilled in the Sports Industry, Coaching, International Business Development, Event Management, and Market Research. Nick is a strong marketing professional with a BA Hons focused in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Bournemouth University. Nick is a 2018 Goodmon Fellow, through the Leadership Triangle Regional Program.

Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, founder of Bee Downtown holding a honeycomb frame from a bee hive.

Leigh-Kathryn is the Founder and CEO of Bee Downtown, a 2017 Southern Living Southerner of the Year, 2018 Inc 30 Under 30 Rising Star, 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and a 2019 Outstanding Young Alumni of North Carolina State University. As a fourth generation beekeeper she brings a wealth of knowledge of bees to the classroom, paired with a dynamic energy through her storytelling expertise and proven ability to build effective teams at such a young age. Leigh-Kathryn graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a Journeyman Beekeeper.

Jamaica Gilmer is a strategist, storyteller, photographer and curator who has a fifteen-year background in creating and implementing curricula. She is the founder and director of The Beautiful Project (TBP), an arts collective that centers Black women and girls as the authority over their own narratives. Her work as a storyteller and photographer allows her to capture realities that are often overlooked and misunderstood. Jamaica helms TBP’s curating and organizing efforts in partnership with families, organizations, and institutions. A graduate of Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications, she is a highly influential speaker sharing insight across the nation as a guest lecturer, keynote, and panelist. She is the lead curator of TBP’s most recent exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pens, Lens and Soul: The Story of The Beautiful Project. The range of her visual storytelling can be found at Jamaica is a passionate, bold, thought leader and one to watch as a champion for Black girls everywhere.

Kristine: As I was preparing for…

Cecilia Polanco is the Executive Director of SEEDS. Originally from El Salvador, she has lived in Durham for the past 27 years, where she attended Durham Public Schools and graduated from Northern High School in 2011. She then graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and Global Gap Year Fellow. She majored in Global Studies with a focus on Health and the Environment, and Latin America, minored in Geography and earned a certificate in Business from Kenan Flagler. She has since been working on launching and scaling So Good Pupusas, a social justice food truck, and Pupusas for Education, a last dollar scholarship fund for undocumented students. She is a community activist entrepreneur with a long history of work with youth and on various social justice issues surrounding food and environmental justice. She is also a mental health advocate and believes that education can enable us to free ourselves and others, and that love is the root of our relationship with ourselves, each other, and mother Earth. Cecilia is a 2019 Transforming Leaders Goodmon Fellow.

A son of working-class immigrants, Ricky grew up in rural North Carolina and is a product of public schools. A first-generation college student, Ricky’s dream finally came true when he was accepted into UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He found his passion for public service while at UNC, mentoring other high school students who grew up in similar circumstances and were working hard to make their own dreams come true. He attended graduate school at Princeton University, focusing on how to create effective public policy to fight poverty and inequality and build strong, vibrant communities.

After a brief time as a consultant and policy analyst supporting nonprofits and foundations across the country, Ricky became an instructor at UNC Chapel Hill and is co-executive director of LatinxEd, an education initiative helping other first-generation college students and immigrant families break down barriers to educational opportunity. In November 2020, he was also elected as the House Representative for District 63 (Alamance County), becoming the first Latinx Democrat to ever be elected in the history of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Kristine: The very first important part of this conversation is that when I googled you, I saw on your Wikipedia page that your…

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