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Celebrate the first in our hall of fame


On Oct.19, the Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association kicked off the year with the Leadership Raleigh Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Frank Holding, chairman of First Citizens Bank, offered a keynote on leadership, focusing on three key points:

  1. Smart leaders understand the importance of personal growth and education and make the most of their experiences.
  2. Strong community leaders recognize that relationships matter.
  3. Great leaders take all they've invested in themselves and give back with interest.

The first three inductees of the Leadership Raleigh Hall of Fame were honored: Keith Kapp, LR 5; Brooks Malone, LR 11; and Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, LR 9. Each shared stories from their experiences in the Leadership Raleigh program and the impact it had on their journey.

"The inaugural Leadership Raleigh Hall of Fame event was a huge success," said LRAA president Doug Sprecher, LR 17. "Alumni from many classes came to celebrate the spirit of Leadership Raleigh embodied in the accomplishments of our honorees."


The Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association is organizing a food drive for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina that will run through the November Leadership Raleigh Law Enforcement Day on Nov. 8. Alumni are encouraged to join current class participants at White Collar Crime for a social starting at 5 p.m..

Please review the list of most needed items and drop-off locations. Volunteers are also needed, and you can sign up by emailing Becky Smith. Space is limited, so please register early!

Confirmed Food Bank volunteer dates are:

Nov. 18, 9 – 12 p.m.
Nov. 29, 1 – 3 p.m.

In this issue

Event Recap: Installing the First In Our Hall of Fame

Lead and Feed

Alumni Updates

Alumni Profile

alumni updates

Share your accomplishments and updates with the LRAA. Please send updates, highlights, and accolades about you or your fellow LRAA members to Greg McNamara.

Congratulations to:

Tiffany Drummond Armstrong, LR 26, Phillip Kennedy, LR 26, Chuck Norman, LR 26, Bob Ramseur, LR 26, and Ford Robertson, LR 19,  for being named to Business Leader Magazine's  "Movers and Shakers."

Matt Cain, LR 21, named vice president at Brookwood Construction

Ron Cohn, LR 26, appointed to the Rebuilding Together of Triangle's Board of Directors

Noel McLaughlin, LR 9, presented on corporate philanthropy at the Council on Foundation’s national conference in San Francisco in September

Cheryl Rhew, LR 26, promoted to tax director with McGladrey

Carol Schwartz, LR 24, named the Raleigh services coordinator for Dress for Success Triangle

Stan Taylor, LR 10, and former LRAA president, appointed to the Urban Ministries of Wake County's Board of Directors

Rod Webb, LR 18 and LR 19 chair, is the new senior vice president, Raleigh city executive, commercial relationship manager at NewBridge Bank


Melissa Wajnert Hartzell
Development for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
LR 17, and chair of LR 18

Best Leadership Raleigh memory:
I was honored to be selected to chair LR 18. I enjoyed empowering adults to learn and it was amazing to see them gain new insights. As a participant, it had to be the police ride along and watching a heart stint operation, along with the incredibly fun retreat we had in Southern Pines.

Impact of Leadership Raleigh:
Not only did Leadership Raleigh help me better understand the players and issues in our community, it helped me connect with them. I was able to establish friendships and professional relationships that I value today. Also, it helped me identify that I wanted to be part of creating innovative, transformative solutions in our community. It was a significant part of my journey to the Food Shuttle.

Community involvement:
I am involved as a volunteer with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and with Interact.


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