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September Business Luncheon

September 16, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Zoom (Link will be emailed day before event.)


Public Policy Virtual Luncheon

Hot Topics for the 2020 Election What issues will impact your business the most?

Time & Date: September 16, 2020

11:00am - 11:30am Meet & Greet

11:30am - 1:00pm Presentation

Join us for this year’s public policy luncheon to find out what issues, in addition to COVID-19, that business owners need to look out for in this coming election. Hear from political analysts and strategists about these pertinent issues.

John Hood

John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker. He is the author of seven books, including Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans, and teaches at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Since 1986, Hood has written a syndicated column that now appears regularly in the Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, Raleigh News & Observer, Asheville Citizen-Times, Wilmington Star-News, and newspapers in 70 other North Carolina communities. His articles have also appeared in National Review, Readers’ Digest, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, among other publications.

Hood chairs the boards of the John Locke Foundation and the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership. He co-chairs the North Carolina Leadership Forum and is vice-chair of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

Hood received his B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a M.A. in liberal studies from UNC-Greensboro.

Joe Stewart

As Vice President for Governmental Affairs, Joe spearheads IIANC efforts on state legislative and regulatory matters involving the NC Department of Insurance and other state agencies, and the NC General Assembly; he also leads efforts to raise money for IIANC PAC and InsurPac (our state and federal political action committees), and coordinates with IIABA staff on getting IIANC members engaged on federal issues that impact independent agents. Working with the IIANC Board and Government Affairs committee, which he staffs, Joe shepherds the process of identifying, researching and creating proactive advocacy strategies on public policy issues of interest to IIANC members. 

Joe is a Raleigh native and UNC alumnus, and has worked in politics in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for most of his adult life. In addition to being a lobbyist, he's run political campaigns and served in key positions in state government (was eligible for license plate 50 when serving as Chief Deputy State Treasurer, meaning that if the Governor and 48 other government officials all disappeared, he would have become North Carolina’s chief executive - slightly more than ‘a heartbeat away,’ but still). He’s a proud father to a wonderful teenaged daughter, an avid golfer, active in his church, and serves on several local non-profit boards.

Aisha O. Dew

Aisha O. Dew is a political strategist whose work has helped secure wins for candidates in over 70 races throughout North Carolina, including the historic election of Vi Lyles as mayor of Charlotte. Dew’s roles have included serving as first vice chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party and state director for Bernie Sanders 2016. She has helped execute political trainings for a variety of organizations, including the Democracy for America Campaign Academy, Truman National Security Project, Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Emily’s List.

As political director for Higher Heights for America, Dew develops and implements short and long-term strategies as well as plans to recruit, train and support Black women running for office. She also engages and organizes Higher Heights’ rapidly growing membership on the national, state and local levels.

Dew received a degree in arts administration from Salem College, and she is a graduate of the United Way of Eastern Fairfield County’s Project Blueprint, a program that focuses on building diversity in board leadership. Dew has received numerous awards for her political leadership work throughout North Carolina.

Meet the Moderator
Carena Lemons of the Lemons Law Firm, PLLC
Carena Lemons received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina, where she majored in Political Science with a minor in Psychology in 1998. Attorney Lemons received her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2001.  She has practiced law and owned her own business for over 18 years. She currently focuses her practice on Employment, Bankruptcy and Entertainment Law. She serves on the Board of Directors of NAWBO Greater Raleigh as the Director of Public Policy. She was also the host and creator of her own television talk show, entitled “It’s Your Life”. She now enjoys her time in front of the camera as  an actress.



$25.00 Member Registration

$30.00 Guest Registration