Wednesday, October 30 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sheraton Charlotte

7:45 a.m. | Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. | Program
4 p.m. | Networking reception

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Today’s economic development approach is comprehensive – spanning efforts to recruit and grow companies, as well as ensure that talent availability and infrastructure plans can accommodate smart, sustainable development and inclusive economic growth.

Together with our partners, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance works to create the most vibrant, innovative and healthy economy in the nation. We’re proud to convene experts in identifying opportunities that will enable our bi-state region to compete for investment and advance prosperity for all.

The Summit is a full-day event offering perspectives, trends and data in key industries featuring speakers who will emphasize actionable takeaways to further strengthen the Charlotte region’s competitiveness by helping attendees grow their businesses.

Keynote Speakers


Megan McConnell
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company


Tacy Foster
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

The Future of Work in America: People and Places, Today and Tomorrow

What does work look like in the future, and is the Charlotte region well positioned? The Future of Work is a comprehensive study of labor trends and the adaptability of local economies in the age of automation. The study identifies 13 community architypes each with a diverse set of challenges that disrupt assumptions with a focus on those in our region.

Leadership Lunch Session Featuring

Having a vision, activating it and measuring the outcomes, all come with the territory of being a leader. We’ll hear from two of our region’s legendary trailblazers and learn why civic engagement and accountability are values that will ensure our communities continue an outlook of a promising, inclusive future for all.

Speakers include:

Clay Armbrister, J.D., President, Johnson C. Smith University
Kathryn Black, Community Engagement Executive, Bank of America
Joe Bost, SVP of Government Affairs, CLT Alliance
Eileen Braden, Executive Director, Head of Public Affairs, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Antony Burton, VP Business Analytics and Data, CLT Alliance
Kandi Deitemeyer, Ph.D, President, Central Piedmont Community College
William M. Downs, Ph.D, President, Gardner-Webb University
Tacy Foster, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
Mayor Harvey Gantt
Geraldine Gardner, Executive Director, Centralina Council of Governments 
Kathy Higgins, VP of IT Business Management, Lowe’s Companies
Jason Hurst, Ph.D, President, Cleveland Community College
Janet LaBar, President & CEO, CLT Alliance
Tony Lathrop Partner, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC
Brien Lewis, President, Catawba College
Anna London, COO, Charlotte Works
Daniel Mahony, Ph.D, President, Winthrop University
Hugh McColl
Megan McConnell, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
Chuck McShane, VP Business Analytics and Data, CLT Alliance
Michelle Mesack, Executive Director, Head of Federal Gov’t Relations, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Michael “Dr. Mike” Miltich, CRTPO representative/ Mayor Pro Tem, Town of Cornelius
Tracy Montross, Regional Director of Government Affairs, American Airlines
Kevin Poet, VP of Operations, Siemens