American Airlines

Platinum sponsor
American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.

British Airways

Platinum sponsor
British Airways (BA) is the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size, or the second largest, behind easyJet, when measured by passengers carried. The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. In January 2011 BA merged with Iberia, creating the International Airlines Group (IAG), a holding company registered in Madrid, Spain. IAG is the world's third-largest airline group in terms of annual revenue and the second-largest in Europe. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the FTSE 100 Index.

Joan Gillings

Platinum sponsor
Joan Gillings has created an exemplary legacy of impact and leadership through her philanthropy. In public health, medicine and the arts, Joan’s service and generosity are extensive. Inspired by her belief in the power of the performing arts, Joan made a transformative commitment in 2017 to the PlayMakers Repertory Company and the UNC Department for Dramatic Art. In recognition of her extraordinary support, the Center for Dramatic Art was renamed the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art. Joan chooses to support organizations like PlayMakers and the Triangle BABCNC that have a big impact on our community. In 2011, Joan received the highest honor bestowed by the UNC-CH Board of Trustees – the Williamson Richardson Davie Award, recognizing her extraordinary service to UNC and to society.

Sandler Training – Sales Matters, Inc. – Raleigh, NC

Platinum sponsor
Sales, management, leadership & customer service training, coaching & consulting. WHEN "STATUS QUO" IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Improving Professional Growth & Performance. Our clients are individuals and businesses who are motivated to invest in their future by learning and implementing proven sales and management processes. Meet Our Team. Success does not happen overnight. It takes commitment in mastering a winning attitude, learning new methods, and continually refining your processes. Susan Sykes & Joe Stiles work with professionals, entrepreneurs, and corporations to reach their peak level of performance and leadership, to gain a competitive advantage, and to create a sales driven organization.


GlaxoSmithKline GSK

Gold sponsor
We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer. We have three primary areas of business in pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare. Our commercial success depends on creating innovative new products and making these accessible to as many people who need them as possible. With our headquarters in the UK, we have a wide geographical reach. We have offices in more than 115 countries, major research centers in the UK, US, Spain, Belgium and China and a manufacturing network with 87 sites globally. We are one of the few healthcare companies researching medicines and vaccines for the World Health Organization’s three priority diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

S&A Communications

Gold sponsor
S&A Communications is a public relations, communications and digital marketing agency based in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina. We’re not what you might have come to expect from a marketing firm. We’re staffed by professionals with an average of 15 years of experience. We don’t require long-term contracts or large monthly retainers. We do a lot more than simply send out press releases and we welcome conversations about measurement and return on investment.


Gold sponsor
Conversis was founded in 2003 by CEO Gary Muddyman with the intention of advancing the understanding and use of translation and localisation as a strategic business tool. 15 years later, the company has developed a worldwide reputation with clients across the globe utilising tried and tested work practices alongside the latest technology. Working from offices in the UK and the USA, Conversis support their clients by taking content from its original format, and adapting it for local markets, languages and cultures. As strong believers in the principle that communicating effectively to global audiences is directly linked to lingustic excellence, Conversis are known for the quality of their work and their attention to detail. In doing so they nurture strong, long-term relationships with both their clients and suppliers, supporting organisations in the Commercial, Financial, Life Sciences, Marketing, PR & Research and Oil & Gas fields. </p> <p>This support can take the form of translation, localisation, transcreation and/or digital publishing services as well as advice, guidance and the sharing of resources and skills - expertise that helps ensure that their clients’ products, services and messages are communicated accurately and appropriately for all audiences.<br />


Terrell Group

Silver sponsor
Entrepreneurship and Curiosity create Opportunity. Terrell Group is an independent consultancy shop, specializing in business-oriented economics, data, finance, public policy, and technology services. Our team is composed of internationally experienced experts across a diverse array of fields. The Group brings quantitative rigor and qualitative institutional knowledge to bare in providing valuable analyses to clients working in globally competitive industries. Our approach aims to help you understand and leverage your role and your story in a complex, often distracted world. The Group is owned and operated by Andrew Terrell, a Warwick-educated international political economist and entrepreneur. Mr. Terrell has served the President of the United States at the White House's National Economic Council, the Secretary of Defense, several undersecretaries, a myriad of consultancies, and a host of other public and private sector clients.

Syneos Health

Silver sponsor
The coming together of INC Research and inVentiv Health as one global company, called Syneos Health™, has created the industry’s only true end-to-end solution. This one entity combines world-renowned clinical research and commercialization capabilities with today’s most advanced science, business and data technologies to make real advances possible. We help you improve performance, reduce risk and expedite delivery of healthcare innovation to patients worldwide.


Silver sponsor
Since 1987, The Special Event Company is proud to have provided award-winning event planning in the United States and around the world. The Special Event Company (TSEC) provides strategic event planning and creative delivery of meetings and events for a variety of industries, including, technology, pharmaceutical, non-profit, athletic and more. We are award-winning industry leaders providing total meeting and event logistics and creative production management. We offer strategic guidance and program management, from concept to delivery to ROI analysis. Whether your meeting or event is a corporate conference, grand opening, recognition event or product launch, you can trust our professional planners to make your special event a memorable success through our exceptional event planning services in North Carolina, London and around the world. AEP, Academic Event Professional, is a leading conference for campus event planners, conceived and developed by The Special Event Company in 2005, which reinforces our ability and sustainable programs with longevity and continued excellence in delivery. In addition, The Special Event Company is committed to sustainable practices and supplier diversity inclusion within our vendor processes.

Tra'Li Irish Pub

Silver sponsor
Tra'Li captures the relaxed, friendly atmosphere unique to the Irish Pub ... Timeless tradition, removed from the bustle of the modern world, a refuge from the working day, a place to talk, unwind and meet with friends. We have a rotating selection of beers on draft, including many local favorites, as well as English Ales and Cider, wonderful wines, Irish inspired cocktails and whiskey, and top shelf liquors. The hearty pub food created by Chef and Owner Eamonn Kelly of County Galway provides you with an authentic and satisfying taste of Irish country cooking. We offer something for everyone at any time of day - lunch, dinner, kid-friendly, seasonal, weekend brunch, and our special carvery lunch.



Bronze sponsor
Lonerider opened its doors in Raleigh, North Carolina on January 23rd, 2009 with a beer and a dream. Today, Lonerider is distributed in nine states and is counted amongst top 150 breweries in USA. An Inc. 5000 and CED Top 25 winner, with an eye for quality, Lonerider crafted each of its beers with the highest quality ingredients. As a result Lonerider has a portfolio of award winning beers, including medals from the Great American Beer Festival. Over the years, we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of outlaws with an enthusiasm for craft beers. With such a tremendous variety out there, we can’t even to begin to express our gratitude to the community that’s supported us. We’re proud to be located in North Carolina, which has undoubtedly become the Southern State for beer. Remember there is a Lonerider in all of us!

Parker Poe - Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Bronze sponsor
For more than a century, Parker Poe has represented many of the Southeast’s largest companies and local governments in transactions, regulatory issues, and complex litigation. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in the education, energy, financial services, government, health care, life sciences, manufacturing, and real estate industries. Parker Poe has more than 200 attorneys serving clients from seven offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia. Lawyers in each of our offices are rated among the highest quality attorneys across their respective states, recognized for effective and efficient service. The Best Lawyers in America lists nearly 80 of our attorneys in its rankings, and we are also well-recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, and other ratings publications.

Poyner Spruill LLP

Bronze sponsor
Poyner Spruill attorneys provide integrated legal services in international tax, inbound investment, immigration, bilateral investment treaties, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and IP protection, in addition to a comprehensive range of business and litigation issues. Poyner Spruill’s ultimate commitment is to build each client’s success in a cost effective and accessible environment. Recognizing that attracting to and retaining valued international talent in the United States is critical in a competitive world economy, it is our goal to make that need a reality for our clients. Poyner Spruill LLP is a large, multidisciplinary North Carolina law firm with a reputation for professional excellence. It serves local, national and international companies throughout the country.

Smith Anderson

Bronze sponsor
Why should you choose Smith Anderson to represent your company? We have been successful for over 100 years because we help further our clients’ success. We are proud of and grateful for our many long-standing client relationships. Many of our lawyers and practice areas are routinely rated at the top of their field in the most esteemed legal publications. We are the largest business and litigation law firm headquartered in the Research Triangle area and one of the largest in North Carolina. Our diverse portfolio of practices and services often enables us to be the single source for our clients’ varied legal needs. Approximately one-third of our lawyers previously practiced with some of the most prestigious national and international firms, and our associates are recruited from leading law schools. The breadth of knowledge and experience of our attorneys positions us well to handle complicated and sophisticated business and litigation legal matters. Our Firm is structured to allow Partner-level attention on client engagements for reasonable cost. We don’t just understand the law; we strive to provide value-added services for our clients by offering strategic, creative, and innovative ideas and legal solutions, as well as through complimentary webinars, counsel to counsel in-house education programs, and client alerts. We insist on integrity. We embrace diversity. We routinely give back to the communities we are so proud to serve. We encourage you to get to know us better and see first-hand how we can put our skills and experience to work for you.

Sword Photography

Bronze sponsor
Sword Photography specializes in Executive Head Shot portraits. These portraits are used in brochures, proposals, web sites, social media, print and gifts. Ten years in business. Based in Raleigh, Durham, Triangle, RTP, NC. In studio and on location portriature photography. "Sharp Professional Images". Telephone: 919-500-8902.

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