December 6, 2019

“The Golden Age of Disruption”

North Carolina expects to add nearly 2 million people between now and 2030, which will make our state the seventh most populous in the country. Our demography is shifting rapidly, impacting everything from talent supply and innovation to infrastructure and business climate. How will it impact your business? And is NC prepared to leverage this disruption to its benefit?

As one of our state’s most important leaders, please join us for an engaged discussion on securing North Carolina’s future. Your influence and expertise are critical to ensuring our state is prepared for monumental growth, and your voice is an important part of this discourse.

Presented By
  • Wells Fargo


Friday, December 7
7:15 amRegistration, Breakfast and Networking
8:00 amWelcome Remarks
  • David Fountain, Senior Vice President, Legal, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Duke Energy
  • Greg Winkler, Regional Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo
8:15 amVision 2030: The First Five Years
8:30 amSix Disruptive Demographics That Will Change North Carolina Forever

Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

The U.S. population is changing dramatically—in size, composition and distribution. These shifts have drastically altered the social, economic and political fabric of our nation. This session will outline six of the most disruptive demographic trends today and the challenges and opportunities they pose for North Carolina’s business community.

9:30 amNetworking Break
10:00 amBusiness Leader Reactions to North Carolina's Changing Demographics
10:45 amThe Disruptive Potential of CRISPR: Programmable Genome Engineering using CRISPR Technology

Dr. Sam Sternberg, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University

Few discoveries transform a discipline overnight, but scientists today can manipulate cells in ways hardly imaginable before, thanks to a peculiar form of adaptive immunity mediated by clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR). From elegant studies that deciphered how these immune systems function in bacteria, researchers quickly uncovered the technological potential of Cas9, an RNA-guided DNA cleaving enzyme, for genome engineering. Today, this core capability is being harnessed for a wide variety of ambitious applications, including human therapeutics, agricultural improvement, and the elimination of certain infectious diseases. In Sam’s talk, he will describe the discovery and basic function of CRISPR technology and highlight the different ways this technology is being developed. He’ll end by reviewing recent advances in our understanding of CRISPR biology, which continue to inspire exciting technological innovation.

11:30 amA Look Towards the Future
12:00 pmClosing Remarks