Executive Networking Conference (ENC)at Pinehurst | August 5-8, 2021 - "Enduring Strength & Legacy"

Executive Networking Conference and Golf Tournament | August 5-8, 2021

This year, ENC returns to the legendary
Pinehurst Resort - Course No. 2
Anchor Site of the U.S. Open

ENC began in the mid-1980s as a means of building relationships and market opportunities for minority business executives. In 2021, ENC returns with the theme “Enduring Strength & Legacy”.


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM  Open & Welcome

10:30 AM – 11:45 PM  State of Diverse North Carolina

James Johnson, Jr., William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM  Lunch 

Keynote Speaker:  Governor Roy Cooper

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM  Corporate Executive Roundtable

Derrick Davis, CEO, Informatic Concepts

Melody Birmingham, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Duke Energy

Richard Bynum, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, PNC Financial Services Group

Kinneil Coltman, Senior Vice President, Chief Community and External Affairs Officer, Atrium Health

Trey Rabon, President, AT&T North Carolina

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM  Economic Development Champions Roundtable

Richard L. Williams, Chairman & CEO, Black Business Media LLC

Walter L. Davis, Founding Member, Peachtree Providence Partners Holding Company LLC

Willie Deese, Fortune 200 Executive Leadership | Board Director

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Managing Partner and COO, AHK Global Resources

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Welcome Reception (College & Greek Night)

9:00 PM  Networking & Hospitality Suite

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  Supplier Diversity

Tammie Hall, Assistant to the Secretary for HUB Outreach for the State of North Carolina; Director, Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), NC Dept. of Administration

Dominique Milton, President & CEO, The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

Candis Parker, Manager of Integrated Processes, Balfour Beatty Carolinas

Jonathan Wilkins, Program Manager of Supplier Diversity and Co-lead of the North America Employee Resource Groups (NA ERG), Lenovo

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM  Policy & Politics

Machelle Baker Sanders, NC Commerce Secretary

Pamela B. Cashwell, Secretary
NC Department of Administration

Valerie P. Foushee, Senate Democratic Caucus Chair
North Carolina General Assembly - District 23

Gladys A. Robinson, Democratic State Senator
North Carolina General Assembly - District 28

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM  CDFI Roundtable Discussion

Bill Bynum, CEO, HOPE

Donna Gambrell, President & CEO, Appalachian Community Capital

Lenwood V. Long, Sr., President/CEO, African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM  Lunch - CDFI Leveraging & Funding

Keynote Speaker:
Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Vista Equity Partners

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM  Black Led Organizations: Building a Stronger Ecosystem

Tim Catlett, President, Progressive Business Solutions

Valerie Jordan, NC Board of Transportation, Representing Division 5

Cornelious "CC" Lamberth, President, C2 Contractors LLC

Vicki Lee Parker-High, Executive Director, North Carolina Business Council

Dr. Everett Ward, 11th President, St. Augustine's University

3:45 PM –  5:00 PM  Black Economics, Policy & A Pathway Forward

Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Minister and Social Activist

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM  Reception | Networking | Silent Auction

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM  Awards Gala Dinner

Mistress of Ceremony:
Deborah Holt Noel, Producer and Host, UNC-TV

8:30 PM – 11:00 PM  ENC Gala Networking Social

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Golf Tournament - Course No. 2

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Team Building Activities | Shopping Excursion | Spa Day (Optional)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM  Golf Awards Luncheon

5:30 PM – 10:00 PM  ENC Finale Networking & Silent Auction



  • First Citizens Bank
  • Truist


  • Partners in Equity


  • AT&T
  • Duke Energy
  • PNC Bank


  • Atrium Health
  • Duke University/Duke University Health System
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Horizon
  • Research Triangle Foundation of NC


  • APG Advisors
  • The Daniele Company
  • Lenovo
  • NCDOT-Office of Civil Rights
  • NC Education Lottery
  • NFP
  • Pinnacle Bank


  • Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc.
  • Association of Women's Business Centers
  • C.T. Wilson Construction Co., Inc.
  • First Bank
  • Progressive Business Solutions
  • Samet Corporation
  • SupplierGATEWAY
  • UNC Charlotte
  • Ward & Smith, P.A.


  • Gail Perry Group
  • IBM
  • North Carolina Business Council
  • South State Bank


Pinehurst Resort - Carolina Hotel


Our team will ensure on-site protocols for the conference are followed and we adhere to the NC pandemic guidelines for in-person events.

CDC COVID-19 info: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ 

Pinehurst Resort Guidelines: www.pinehurst.com/covid-19-response

Conference activities will take place at:

The Pinehurst Resort
Carolina Hotel
80 Carolina Vista
Pinehurst, NC 28374