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Women in Leadership Event

March 21st, 2018  | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Talley Student Union
hosted by the NC State Women’s Center and Women and Gender Studies Community Advisory Board

On March 21st, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00p.m., we will be hosting a Women in Leadership event, bringing NC State students and professional women from around the Triangle together for a panel discussion and networking night. The Career Development Center will also be helping to host this event. It will take place in the Mountains Ballroom in Talley Student Union.

We would like to give undergraduate and local professional women an opportunity to come together, share experiences, and begin to develop professional relationships that lead to internships/employment opportunities.

Schedule of Evening:

30 minutes – open networking with companies attending (up to 10)
60 minutes – sponsor highlight and panel
30 minutes – table networking discussions facilitated by company attendees



Laura Eberhard, Moderator

Laura Eberhard is a wife, mother of two children and one yellow lab, and a firm believer that women can do it all. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and has almost two decades experience in the communications field. She began her career as a television reporter/anchor and is currently a communications specialist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Machelle Sanders, Secretary, N.C. Department of Administration

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Machelle Sanders secretary of the N.C. Department of Administration on January 12, 2017. As secretary, Sanders oversees the state agency whose mission is to provide high-quality services effectively, efficiently and economically to its customers: the citizens, agencies and communities of North Carolina. The department is committed to quality, service, excellence, transparency and integrity. The department oversees operations such as building construction, purchasing and contracting for good and services, facilities maintenance, management of state vehicles, and acquiring and disposing of real property. It also oversees the operation of auxiliary services such as courier mail delivery and the sale of state and federal surplus property.

In addition to its role as a service provider to other state agencies, the department provides staff support to several councils and commissions which advocate for the special needs of North Carolina’s citizens. Sanders brings to the Cooper administration experience in both management and leadership roles. She is a seasoned pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive recognized for her general management leadership, diverse operations management skills and quality assurance expertise. Sanders previously held the role of vice president of manufacturing and general manager of Biogen’s largest and most advanced manufacturing facilities in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. Prior to that, she held leadership positions overseeing manufacturing, global quality assurance and quality control functions at Biogen, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and Diosynth-Akzo Nobel. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University and a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.

Susan Scott, Senior Director of Advancement & Marketing, University of North Carolina Center for Public Television (UNC-TV)

Susan Scott is senior director of strategic alliances at the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television (UNC-TV) located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Prior to joining UNC-TV she served as a venture mentor and advisor to start-ups and small businesses at the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). Her responsibilities included providing strategic marketing, distribution, sales and operations direction to new and existing privately owned start-ups throughout NC. She also acted as an advisor to the “Art of Cool” progressive music festival.

Scott’s tenure at UNC-TV began following 20 years in executive leadership roles spanning operations, sales, marketing and distribution for media companies including Frontier, IAC, Weather Channel, Turner Broadcasting and Fox News Channel where she negotiated carriage agreements at the highest levels of companies like Comcast and DISH. At Frontier Communications she was general manager, responsible for P&L, sales, installations, customer service and community and government relations. At IAC she led sales and alliances for an online search engine. At Weather Channel Scott led all domestic and international distribution, cable operator marketing and business development negotiating contracts at the highest levels of Time Warner and DirecTV. At Fox News Channel she led contract negotiations and international business development. At Turner Broadcasting Scott developed and launched TNT & Cartoon Networks Europe and Asia.

Susan’s career includes contract negotiations for sports rights with the NBA and NHL, vertically integrated marketing campaigns with brands like P&G, professional speaking engagements, volunteer leadership of national organizations like “Women in Cable Telecommunications”, recognitions including “Top 100 Women in Leadership” and “Top 100 Minorities in Cable”. Among her colleagues and peers Scott is repeatedly noted for her leadership capabilities, vision and positive impact on the bottom line. Susan is also the nurturer of the nascent Stuart O. Scott foundation – an organization developed to honor her brother and to help cancer fighters live close to normal lives during cancer battles.

A native Chicagoan, Scott holds a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Scott parents a high school daughter. They live in downtown Durham, NC in the hub of business and economic development, growth and urban energy.

Reem Utterback, MD, Child and Adult Forensic Psychiatrist

Reem Utterback, MD, is a board certified child and adult forensic psychiatrist. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and was a double major while at NC State: Biochemistry and Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies. Dr. Utterback is originally from Alexandria, Egypt. She moved to Kuwait with her parents as a child, and then to Durham, NC, for the final year of high school. Her recent service to the community involves pro bono asylum evaluations of women and children fleeing crime and abuse in countries outside the United States.

Jessica Holmes, Wake County Commissioner

Bio to come.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We would love to see your organization represented at this event! All sponsors will be included on all print and online marketing for the event, and will also be featured as premiere sponsors in the evening program. Below are the sponsorship levels available:

  • $1,000 Gold Sponsor- bring up to 8 attendees; receive a 5-minute promo spot
  • $500 Silver Sponsor – bring up to 6 company attendees
  • $250 Bronze Sponsor – bring up to 4 company attendees

If we receive enough company sponsorships, we hope to use all remaining funds to send a Women and Gender studies student to professional conferences such as: the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, or the Reproductive Justice Conference. Your sponsorship will also assist in helping non-profit organizations from the local community attend and participate in the event.

To become a sponsor, complete the Women in Leadership registration form.