Cindy Whitehead CEO and co-founder of The Pink Ceiling
The New York Times called her pharmaceutical product the drug of a generation and Fortune called her a tireless force of nature. Associates of hers call her unapologetically pink. Cindy Whitehead is a highly regarded women's health advocate and serial entrepreneur.
Over a distinguished 22-year career in healthcare, in only the last 10 she has started and sold two businesses for more than $1.5B. She co-founded and last served as CEO for Sprout Pharmaceuticals where, in 2015, the company broke through with the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women—dubbed “female Viagra” by the media. She started Sprout only one day after selling another that she also co-founded, Slate Pharmaceuticals, which redefined long lasting testosterone treatment for men.
Cindy has made waves, and made her own success, in the field of sexual medicine and creating mission driven companies that deliver big. Her results became a widely covered business success story featured in major media outlets: The New York Times, Associated Press, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS, Fox, Yahoo and the cover feature of Entrepreneur Magazine. Cindy has been an invited speaker at Fortune's Most Powerful Women, at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, SXSW and Inc. Women about what it takes for breakthrough business success. For all of her accomplishments, she is most proud of the profoundly positive impact that her products have had in people's lives and her company’s outcomes have had for her teams.
Cindy has a new mission to mentor, invest in, launch and build other women led or focused businesses. In 2016, she opened the doors to The Pink Ceiling—a cross between a VC firm, a ‘pinkubator’ and a consulting enterprise—where she is CEO. In very rare moments she is hard at work trying not to work. You cannot miss Cindy. What she touches turns to Pink.
David Morken CEO, Bandwidth.com
Brad Brinegar Chairman & CEO, McKinney
Brad joined McKinney in 2002 to build what Effie Worldwide has called “the most effective independent advertising agency in the world” and Advertising Age quickly called “uniquely suited to survive – and thrive – in a digital age.”
In 2004. Brad moved the agency from its 35-year home in downtown Raleigh to the American Tobacco Campus. As one of four anchor tenants and the first to move to downtown from beyond Durham, McKinney is credited with helping spark the renaissance of the Bull City, something of great pride to Brad and his leadership team.
In 2008, Brad led the management buy-back of McKinney from global holding company Havas Worldwide. In 2012, he led the sale of the agency to Seoul-based Cheil Worldwide, giving the agency a presence in New York, global reach and the addition of Samsung to a client roster that has included Audi of America, The NASDAQ Stock Market, Sherwin-Williams, CarMax, Sony Electronics, Nationwide Insurance, Travelocity (yes, McKinney birthed the Roaming Gnome), Crocs, Mizuno, ESPN and the Coca-Cola Company.
Brad is on the board of directors of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) and was founding chairman of the IAB Agency Advisory Board. He has served as a Grand Effie jury judge and an IAB MIXX Awards jury chairman.
Over two decades prior to joining McKinney, Brad rose from trainee to CEO of Leo Burnett USA. He has an AB in anthropology from Dartmouth, where he rowed varsity crew and edited the college’s humor magazine. He earned an MBA in finance from Columbia.
Suzanne Miglucci CEO, Charles & Colvard
As the president and CEO of Charles & Colvard, Suzanne Miglucci is the driving force behind the company’s mission – to lead a revolution in the jewelry industry by delivering a brilliant product at an extraordinary value balanced with environmental and social responsibility. Charles & Colvard is the original and leading worldwide source of moissanite gemstones and jewelry. As the retail industry continues to transform, Suzanne leverages her expertise in marketing and e-commerce to create brand awareness for Charles & Colvard, and lead the company’s omni-channel strategy.
Prior to Charles & Colvard, Suzanne served as Chief Marketing Officer of ChannelAdvisor Corporation, an e-commerce software-as-a-service solution provider, where she oversaw marketing, product management, client services and business operations. She has also held executive positions at SAP, SciQuest, Inc., MicroMass Communications and Arsenal Digital Solutions.
Todd Barr Sr. Director of Digital Demand, Red Hat
Todd is responsible for digital demand generation at Red Hat, a $3b global software company focused on open source enterprise software solutions. Previously, Todd was GM/SVP of Sales & Marketing for Ansible (acquired by Red Hat), Chief Marketing Officer for Alfresco Software and VP of Marketing for Bandwidth.com.
Todd loves building and leading marketing and sales teams that are tightly integrated and dependent on each other for success.
Dave Roberts Professor of Marketing, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Dave Roberts has spent more than 25 years helping organizations improve their performance in sales, sales consulting and sales management.
He joined UNC Kenan-Flagler to build a sales discipline curriculum that complements the finance and marketing areas. UNC Kenan-Flagler is one of the few top business schools to offer sales as an area of study.
He spent 16 years with specialist sales consulting companies (managing partner with The Sales Consultancy; vice president at OnTarget; senior director in The TAS Group), including six years as a vice president of the sales effectiveness business unit in Siebel Systems Inc.
Professor Roberts has worked with leading organizations in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America to help his clients optimize their sales effectiveness and achieve business results. His clients include Avaya, EDS, IBM, Microsoft, Nortel, Sun Microsystems and United Health Group.
He worked at Hewlett-Packard, Ltd. for 11 years as a sales professional and later as the global account manager for one of HP's largest accounts. He created a sales and sales management development curriculum for senior sales, support and management staff for the company.
Professor Roberts, a native of the United Kingdom, is an enthusiastic pilot and holds a U.S. commercial license.
He received his degree in electronic engineering from the University of Hull.
Bill Spruill CEO, Global Data Consortium
The Global Data Consortium enables cross border digital transactions by providing instant identity verification of individuals and businesses though its Worldview platform. Customers include Amazon, Mercado Libre, DHL Global and Tipalti.
Bill has had broad experience with the challenges facing high growth technology companies. He is currently a board member of the North Carolina based Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), one of the oldest and largest organizations focused on high growth business. Bill has mentored over 50 companies through early and mid-stage growth challenges, and has advised a number of data management companies through strategic growth & acquisition.
Bill is also an active angel investor in North Carolina. He is a member of Triangle Angel Partners, a $2.6 million early stage angel fund. Current and past companies invested in include: Magnus HealthIT, Union Metrics, Loqate, WaterPlayUSA, Windsor Circle and Offline Media.
Personally Bill enjoys traveling, reading, politics and is a HUGE Marvel Comics fan.
Tom Ferguson Founder & CEO, Rise
Tom Ferguson is CEO of Rise Biscuits Donuts with ten locations in North Carolina. He was a pioneer in the NC Triangle’s food truck scene with Only Burger and one of the area’s premier caterers as chef-owner of Durham Catering Co for 16 years. Tom is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
Larry Long VP Sales, Teamworks
Director of Business Development, Pendo
Larry has extensive sales management experience, primarily focused on leading and developing lead generation teams. He has assisted countless sales professionals in advancing their respective careers. His experience spans working for industry leading organizations such as: Accenture, Intuit, and ChannelAdvisor, as well as in his own business (an indoor baseball & softball academy).
Anna McMahon VP of Sales, ServiceTrade
Anna has dedicated her career to building businesses as a customer advocate who focuses on the personal and professional growth of her team. She was one of the early employees at Citrix ShareFile where she helped grow the sales organization from 5 to 200+ sales professionals. Anna created the closing sales training program and spearheaded multiple new sales channels during her six year tenure at Citrix.
After success at Citrix ShareFile, Anna returned to her startup roots. Today, she is responsible for new customer acquisition as the VP of Inside Sales at Durham-based ServiceTrade, a software company that helps commercial service contractors with business growth and customer service, satisfaction, and retention.
Outside of ServiceTrade, Anna enjoys watching football, cooking and spending time with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
Justin Benson CEO, Spreedly
Justin Benson is CEO of Spreedly, a Durham, N.C., payment software developer that creates world-class payment infrastructure for merchants, platforms and payment providers. Prior to Spreedly, Justin ran sales and business development for one of the first enterprise SaaS companies, Intraware, which was eventually acquired by Macrovision.
Craig Stone Founder & CEO, HireNetworks
Craig focuses his attention on the day-to-day management of both HireNetworks and Campbell & James Executive Search. Craig has built a team of seasoned recruiters and specialists to provide career management for individuals in the skill areas of IT, Life Sciences, Sales, Marketing and Finance.
Before founding HireNetworks in April of 2001, Craig spent three years as VP/COO of the DC-based recruiting firm Edgesource. Prior to this, he spent six years at IBM serving in several roles. Craig is also a regular speaker and mentor on the topics of careers, recruiting, angel investing and entrepreneurship, and is actively involved in various organizations serving on boards and in other leadership roles.
Kevin Fitzgerald VP Sales, Netsertive
John Costigan CEO, Costigan Companies
- Named Top 25 Most Influential Sales Trainers in the United States by The American Association of Sales Professionals.
- Hosted a weekly radio program titled, “Everyone’s a Sales Person”-
- He’s the only person to be named “ “Best Speaker” 2 years in a row for HIDA.
- He’s been an expert advisor to “The Apprentice”.
- Has trained over 200K plus people through his seminar, CD's and Motivational Speaking
- He sits on the Board of Directors for Higher Education for Sales Excellence at Northern Illinois University