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    North Carolina State Capitol
    The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
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    Blount Street was once home to rich industrialists and prominent civic leaders, as evidenced by these beautiful, historic homes. Nearby Blount Street Commons, currently under construction, will soon add even more residences, retail shops and parks.
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    Catch 22
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    Dos TaQuitos Centro
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    Father and Son Antiques
    Father and Son Antiques is home to a bounty of collectables and oddities, from mid-century designs and vintage threads to '50s kitch, tiki, mod, and much more.
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    Wachovia IMAX Theater
    This architectural sculpture marks the entrance of the Wachovia IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids Museum, which provides a larger-than-life movie experience for kids of all ages.
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    Knockabout
    Knockabout is a unique gift shop for the creative class featuring items you won't find in any mall. Many of the crafts are made by talented North Carolina artisans. Be sure to visit the bakery and try one of their freshly made cookies.
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    Raleigh Times Bar
    The Raleigh Times Bar is located in the beautifully restored 100-year-old former home of the city's evening newspaper. Featuring creative takes on classic bar fare, and an amazing beer selection.

About

Women with Vision Lunch Panelist Bios

Moderated by Adrienne Cole - Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development

As the lead economic development agency for Wake County, Adrienne and her team work with the county’s 12 municipalities, the Research Triangle Park, county and community leaders, and state and regional partners to recruit new business, support existing industries, market Wake County and Region and help companies attract the talent they need to grow and thrive.

 

Adrienne did her undergraduate work at Meredith College and obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State University. She serves on the North Carolina Economic Developers Association (NCEDA) Board of Directors, the RDU Airport Authority Board of Directors, Marbles Kids Museum Board of Directors, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership Board of Directors, Wake County’s Task Force on Employment & Wage Issues for Women, Campbell University’s College of Engineering Advisory Board and the Economic Development Advisory Committee for RTRP.

Mary-Ann Baldwin - Raleigh City Council, VP of Marketing & Business Development at Holt Brothers Inc., and Executive Director of Holt Brothers Foundation

Mary-Ann Baldwin is the VP of Marketing & Business Development at Holt Brothers Inc., executive director of the Holt Brothers Foundation, and a five-term member of the Raleigh City Council, where she serves in an at-large capacity. She is the co-founder of Innovate Raleigh, a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. Mary-Ann serves as the city's representative to the Board of Trustees of GoTriangle, chairs the City of Raleigh's Transportation Committee, and is the city's liaison to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Artsplosure, and the Wake County Partnership to End Homelessness. She is also on the board of directors of the Wake Tech Foundation and serves on the advisory board of Triangle Family Services.

Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy - President, Shaw University

Dr. Tashni Dubroy is the 17th President of Shaw University. Before her election, she served as special assistant to the president for process optimization, department chair and associate professor of Chemistry in Shaw’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department.

Dr. Dubroy started her career as a Research Scientist at BASF, the chemical company. She was quickly recruited to the position of Global Technology Analyst. After a two-year tenure in that role, she served as Chemical Procurement Manager where she managed a strategic sourcing budget of $35 million. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Dubroy is co-founder of Tea and Honey Blends hair care company and Element Beauty Bar, a hair salon. Money magazine and Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek recognized her entrepreneurial upstarts. She also mentors women in science via her non-profit organization, The Brilliant & Beautiful Foundation and was recognized by Cosmopolitan magazine, as a "Fun, Fearless Female," who is making waves in the science community. At the national level, she encourages young girls to pursue their dreams and approach the sciences fearlessly. BBF sponsors the SMART Scholars workshop at the Friday Institute on NC State University’s campus, where she teaches hands-on science to young girls both locally and nationally.

Dr. Dubroy is a proud alumnus of Shaw University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S in Chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from NC State University in 2007 and graduated with an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University in 2010.

Kim Hammer - Owner, Bittersweet 

Kim is the owner of Bittersweet—a cocktail, coffee and dessert bar in downtown Raleigh. Bittersweet has been open for 2 ½ years and focuses on all natural, local, and high-quality ingredients. Kim will be opening a new retail concept in late 2016 focusing on North Carolina-produced specialty foods and beverages.

Prior to Bittersweet, Kim created her baking company, bittycakes, working out of her home kitchen for over 10 years.

Currently Kim sits on the Raleigh City Events Task Force representing bars and restaurant interests when city events are planned or proposed. She is also a member of the Raleigh Steering Committee for the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association and Vice President of the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Kim spent time in New York working for fashion designer Betsey Johnson and later as a fashion editor and writer with several magazine publications, like Seventeen Magazine. She is a Raleigh native, graduating from Enloe High School. After bouncing back and forth between New York and the Triangle, she settled down long enough to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology and has been living in Raleigh for the last 16 years. She is also the mother of two children, Max and Evie.

Gayle Lanier - Senior Vice President of Customer Services, Duke Energy

As Senior Vice President of Customer Services for Duke Energy, Gayle is responsible for customer contact operations, revenue billing and receivables, metering services, customer support operations and customer satisfaction.

Previously, Lanier served as Vice President of Corporate Services for Progress Energy. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at both Nortel and EMC (previously Data General Corp.).

Actively involved in the community, Lanier currently serves on the boards of trustees for the United Way of the Greater Triangle and Discovery Place, a nonprofit education organization. She is a former member and secretary for the North Carolina State University (NCSU) board of trustees.

She established the Dwain K. and Gayle S. Lanier NCSU Scholarship Endowment in 2003 to help benefit engineering students. She received the NCSU Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 2008.  Lanier was also one of the 2009 The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award recipients and the 2011 Business Leader Women Extraordinaire recipient.

 

Caroline Sullivan - Wake County Board of Commissioners

Caroline was elected to her first term on the Wake County Board of Commissioners in November 2012 and served as the Board’s Vice Chair in 2015.  Caroline was born and raised in Charlotte and moved to Raleigh in 2001.

Caroline serves on the boards of Alliance Behavioral Healthcare,  Wake Ed Partnership, and Passage Home, and has served on the boards of Wake County Smart Start, Triangle Family Services, and the Poe Center for Health Education.  She is the Chair of the NC Association of County Commissioners Public Education Committee and is a member of the Health and Human Services Steering Committee and Legislative Goals Committee. She is also a member of the NCACC’s Special Task Force on Mental Health.  She is the co-chair of the Wake Directors Group, a collaborative of leaders from local government, first responders and the criminal justice system committed to working together to address issues in the county’s mental health and substance abuse systems.

As an active PTA volunteer, she has chaired many PTA committees and has worked as a tutor in Wake County public schools.  She was also the former chair of the North Carolina Interagency Coordinating Council for Children with Disabilities.  

The Sullivans are members of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church where Caroline is a Sunday School teacher for adults with disabilities and a leader in the youth program.

Caroline graduated with Honors from UNC Chapel Hill.  She is married to Richard Sullivan and they have a son at Broughton High School and a daughter at Enloe High School.

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