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Leadership Asheville Summer Buzz Breakfast Series

Leadership Asheville's three-part Buzz Breakfast series returns this month. 

Ward and Smith is thrilled to return as a presenting sponsor for the programs, which offer residents a chance to meet community leaders, learn more about an array of topics, and network. This year's theme is, “How Do We Build a Connected Community?”

The breakfasts start at 8 a.m. in the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville. Tickets are $25 for each event or $65 for the whole series. Tickets can be purchased here

Thursday, June 20 – What Is a Connected Community?

    • Kimberlee Archie, Equity and Inclusion Manager, City of Asheville
    • Rev. Amy Cantrell, Beloved Asheville
    • Keynon Lake, Founder, My Daddy Taught Me That
    • Stephanie Monson Dahl, Strategic Development Office Director, City of Asheville
    • Darin Waters, Executive Director of Community Engagement, UNC Asheville

Thursday, July 25 – What Are We Doing Now to Connect Community?

    • Erica Anderson, Director of Economic and Community Development, Land of Sky Regional Council
    • Chris Joyell, Asheville Design Center Director, Mountain True
    • Catherine Mitchell, Executive Director, River Front Development Group
    • Ray Rapp, Chair, Western North Carolina Rail Committee, Inc.
    • Meghan Rogers, Executive Director, Asheville Downtown Association

Wednesday, August 14 – What Is Our Vision for a Connected Community?

    • Stephanie Brown, President and CEO, Explore Asheville
    • Nancy J. Cable, Chancellor, UNC Asheville
    • Debra Campbell, City Manager, City of Asheville
    • Lakesha McDay, Diversity, Community Engagement and Relations, Dogwood Health Trust
    • Avril Pinder, County Manager, Buncombe County

Leadership Asheville, a program of UNC Asheville, engages participants in collaborative community leadership projects, providing personal leadership development and community education and orientation. Many of Asheville’s civic and business leaders are Leadership Asheville alumni. 

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