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Elon University’s Triangle Alumni Chapter presents “The Future of the Triangle”
at City Club Raleigh from 7 to 9 PM on Wednesday, April 13th.
The heart of this networking event is a panel discussion with local professionals who share insights on how this region might evolve in the foreseeable future. The panel involves experts representing such areas as the startup ecosystem, the technology sector, civic leadership, urban design, news media, and nonprofit advocacy.
Meet our Panelists:
|Irene Caicedo Gonzalez ‘79|
Born in Cali, Colombia, Gonzalez came to the United States as an exchange student and graduated from Elon in 1979 with a BS in Social Science and Physical Education. After returning to Colombia, Gonzalez worked at Javeriana University before starting a recruiting firm. In 2001 she returned to North Carolina where she has served as Director of the North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served with the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. Today she works at Raleigh’s Spanish language channel Univision 40 as its Community Empowerment Director, and she hosts her own public affairs show, ‘Conexion North Carolina’. In her current role, Gonzalez supports the programs and services available to the community and seeks to empower the Latino community through education. She serves on the Board of Directors of the NC Hispanic Chamber, the North Carolina Hispanic Chamber Foundation and Project Enlightenment Foundation.
|John Charlesworth ‘10 |
Charlesworth is co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Stealz, Inc., a fast-growing startup company headquartered at HQ Raleigh in downtown’s Warehouse District. The Stealz team has created a smart phone app that connects users to more than 1000 merchants for exclusive deals. The app helps small businesses market their products through customers' social media sites and allows consumers to become brand ambassadors for their favorite businesses through instant rewards for the things they already do. The Stealz client list includes McDonald’s, Chick-fil-a, Taco Bell, KFC, Applebee’s, Zaxby’s, Denny’s, Coldstone, WhichWich, Dairy Queen, and Anytime Fitness. The concept behind today’s Stealz was trialed and tested with Alamance County merchants after Charlesworth graduated from Elon. An entrepreneur who is helping build one of Raleigh’s leading startups, Charlesworth is well prepared to describe the dynamics behind this area's robust startup ecosystem.
|Rich Nowalk ‘97|
After nearly five years as a top executive with Raleigh’s Windstream Hosted Solutions, Nowalk joined Opex Technologies as its Chief Operating Officer. Opex Technologies is a hybrid brokerage and advisory firm rolled into one. Headquartered in Raleigh, the firm focuses on representing clients during critical technology solution decisions. The firm partners with the leading Network, Cloud, and ‘as a Service’ providers to find the right solutions at the right cost structure. Besides his background in the technology/cloud computing space, Nowalk has considerable experience in nonprofit advocacy. He is a Board member for Triangle Spokes Group – a charitable organization that raises money to give brand new bicycles to need-worthy children throughout the Triangle. Last year, the Elon Triangle Alumni Chapter helped support Triangle Spokes Group as it delivered more than 600 bikes via the Salvation Army.
Tomasulo earned his undergraduate degree from University of Richmond, a Master’s in City + Regional Planning from UNC-CH, and a Master's in Landscape Architecture from NCSU's College of Design. While Tomasulo has no prior connection to Elon, the Elon Triangle Alumni Chapter invited him to take part because he has been so heavily engaged in many aspects of our city's recent growth dynamic. An entrepreneur, urban designer, and self-described 'civic instigator', Tomasulo speaks internationally on civic innovation and on designing cities for people. Locally he ran a strong campaign for a Raleigh City Council At-Large seat in 2015; afterward, Council named him to a seat on the city's Planning Commission. His local projects include Walk Raleigh, CreativeMornings, and The Wanderbox. Among his passions: imagining the possibilities for Raleigh's Dix Park.
|Adam Constantine '10 - Panel Moderator|
Before launching his professional basketball career in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Constantine led Elon’s varsity men’s basketball team as its captain. He earned his Elon degree in Communications: Media Arts and Entertainment. Since 2015, Constantine has served as the social media manager at Elon University.
Constantine will ask panelists a series of questions geared toward their respective industries and career paths. An audience Q&A will be followed by open networking.
This event is open to alumni, parents and friends of Elon University and their guests, and there is no admission fee. A cash bar with complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be provided in the City Club Raleigh loft.
City Club Raleigh is located on the 28th Floor of the Wells Fargo Building (150 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh). Parking is free on city streets after 5pm; the public parking structure closest to Wells Fargo Building is the Alexander Square Parking Deck (entrance at 120 Wilmington Street).
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