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"Leading in a Man's World" - January 2019 Business Luncheon

January 23, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Sheraton Imperial Hotel RDU
4700 Emperor Blvd
Durham, NC 27703

"Leading in a Man's World"

Globally, women earn only three-quarters as much as men—even with the same level of education, and in the same occupation. Women make up only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs, and we account for only 24 percent of senior management positions around the world. Let’s open a dialogue about moving the needle, and learn from each other about what it takes to lead successfully in a man’s world.

What will you hear that you can apply to your business? Hear from a panel of women entrepreneurs about how they've used resilience, self-confidence and intuition to earn a seat at the table in leadership positions traditionally held by men and successfully lead their own organizations to success.

We'll talk about real situations—and real solutions. While we are on our way to making gender equality a reality, we have a long way to go. As business leaders, we have to be a role model for other women. Mentorship and building our support networks are essential to becoming catalysts for change. Confident, independent women deserve a seat at the table and the respect of our male counterparts.

This month we are privileged and honored to host an amazing group of women who have overcome the odds and helped level the playing field for women to be successful in a man’s world including two of our 2018 NAWBO Hall of Fame Winners!

Meet The Panelists

DJ Mitsch is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, & coach.  She is considered a thought leader in the coaching profession, a Master Certified Coach. DJ co-founded The Pyramid Resource Group, The Corporate Coaching Company, in 1994 with husband Barry Mitsch.  The company has been innovative in leading a masterful group of coaches who team to serve Fortune 100 and international organizations through custom initiatives designed to facilitate change and team leadership. In 2013 DJ was featured as Change Agent for PharmaVoice’s Top 100 in recognition of her team coaching initiatives that drive employee engagement.

DJ’s work with teams proved to be ground-breaking in the mid-1990s and evolved into a new resource for coaches entitled, Team Advantage. She has been quoted or featured in business and trade publications as broad ranging as PharmaVoice, Kiplinger Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She and her team are responsible for some of the first and most rigorous case studies on the impact of coaching in organizations and continue to publish white papers to advance the coaching profession. Prior to entering the coaching field, DJ had a stellar 20-year career as a broadcast and sports network executive, leading top producing broadcast and sales teams.



Gloria Shealey, President and CEO of The Daniele Company,  is a highly experienced professional and accomplished construction executive with more than 25 years in building construction and project management as a general contractor and construction manager.  Over the past 12 years, a key business strategy has been collaborative partnerships with select major construction companies and owners that has allowed the company to build capacity and complete over $560 million in projects targeted in K-12 and higher education, healthcare and life sciences, governmental institutions, and manufacturing concerns focused in pharmaceutical, automotive and aviation construction.

She served as the first woman President of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), a 48-year-old construction trade association from 2012 – 2015 and was inducted into NAMC’s Hall of Fame, the organization’s highest honor of distinction. Her leadership broadened NAMC’s exposure by building new relationships with national programming to expand economic inclusion. She is also a founding member and former Chair of the North Carolina Chapter of NAMC, United Minority Contractors of North Carolina (UMCNC).  Gloria is currently on several boards including Emerald Cities Collaborative, Downtown Durham, Inc., Triangle Park Chapter of The Links, Inc., UMCNC and NCA&T Construction Management Advisory Board. 

She has received numerous honors and awards for her business leadership, community service, construction excellence, championing women businesses, commitment to diverse inclusion and economic parity. In recognition of these attributes, Gloria was honored as the 2018 Woman of the Year by the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce and the 2018 NAWBO Hall of Fame Award. The native North Carolinian holds both a B.A. in Political Science and an M.P.A. concentrating in Housing and Urban Development from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Sheila Hale Ogle is known in the Triangle as an entrepreneur and community volunteer.  She founded MRPP a full-service media advertising agency in 1987 and sold it in 2012. During that time she renovated a historic mansion in Cary Downtown, which is known as The Matthews House Events Facility and Conference Center.  She, with 4 other partners stared Integrated Clinical Trial Services which she sold in 2010. In 2012 she was instrumental in starting the Cary Innovation Center, a business incubator focusing on main street businesses which is located in Cary Downtown.  Active in the community Sheila serves on several nonprofit boards and commissions, and is a founding board member for the Cary Community Foundation and The Cary Women’s Giving Network. She was honored with the Cary Hometown Spirit Award in December 2016. In 2017 she was the recipient of  Cary Magazine’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, the Citizen of the Year Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council and inducted into The North Carolina National Association of Women Business Owner’s Hall of Fame.



Moderator: E. L. “Betsy” Smith, PhD
The Founder and Principal of E.L. Smith Consulting, Betsy not only understands what people need to achieve short- and long-term success, her innovative and fun style motivates them to actually learn – and apply – those strategies. Betsy was “one of the first” – women to fill the role of Dean, Provost and Associate Vice President at Pensacola State College in Florida. Her leadership roles include Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the National Association of Community Colleges, Chair of Leadership Pensacola and Chair of the Pensacola Symphony Board. Betsy has also served on the Board of the RTP Healthcare Business Women’s Association, the board of the Raleigh International Coach Federation Chapter and was a founding board member of the NC Triangle Ellevate Chapter. Mentoring young professionals is one of Betsy’s passions. She was Recognized in 2012 by the Triangle Business Journal as an outstanding women in business in the Mentor Category. She co- created the Mentoring Program for Connected Women of North Carolina.


$50.00 Guest Registration

$35.00 Member Registration

$400.00 Sponsors Table- 8 tickets (Only members may sponsor)