President and CEO, United Way of the Greater Triangle
Core Topic 4
Due Diligence and On-Boarding
Partner, Newport Board Group
VP of Philanthropy, Children’s Home Society of NC
Practical Approaches to Board Responsibilities
Open Floor Discussion
Event Close and Networking
The Research Triangle Chapter of NACD and The Harvard 100 partnered together to create a Directors’ College dedicated to all things nonprofit! Topics to be discussed include: director professionalism, group decision-making, due diligence, and more*. The Directors’ College is complimentaryto all Nonprofit officers and board members!
*We suggest using this event as an on-boarding tool for new nonprofit board members, or as a tool for seasoned board members to refresh on important processes and ideas.
With more than 20 years of business and legal experience in the global marketplace, Michael Cunningham joined Red Hat in June 2004 as general counsel. Before Red Hat, Cunningham served as associate general counsel for IBM as well as partner and associate general counsel for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
At IBM, Cunningham was head legal advisor to the Business Consulting Services division for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), as well as a member of the global Senior Management Team for Business Consulting Services.
At PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cunningham's work included global responsibility for the delivery of transactional legal services to PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, as well as the role of lead lawyer in EMEA for this business. Before entering the practice of law, Cunningham was an engineer with Sperry Defense Electronics—now Unisys.
Cunningham is a member of numerous professional and legal organizations, including the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Computer Law Association.
Chuck is the Co-founder and Managing Director of the Re Corr Bell Group at Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 1973, Chuck spent seven years in the U.S.Army.
As a founder of the Research Triangle Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Chuck is passionate about its mission to improve the performance and governance knowledge of local boards of directors. In 2011, Chuck decided to further assist in the education of local organization's board members by creating The Harvard 100.
Chuck holds the Chartered Advisor in PhilanthropyÂ® (CAPÂ®), the Certified Investment Management AnalystÂ® (CIMAÂ®) and the Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMCÂ®) designations. He also serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an organization devoted to protecting investors by maintaining fairness in U.S. capital markets.
Eric Guckian (pronounced Goo-can) is well known throughout the Triangle. He has 20 years of service in North Carolina, with extensive experience in achieving results in the public and private sectors. He has played a leading role in North Carolina’s quality public school efforts and has steadily risen to occupy leadership roles in all sectors of the education space as a senior advisor to Governor McCrory; Executive Director of Teach for America-North Carolina; and Executive Director of New Leaders in Charlotte. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Alliances for Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) where he led the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. Guckian began his professional career as an elementary science teacher and Teach for America corps member in the South Bronx. Guckian earned his B.A. in English at Colgate University and a M.A. in Education from Harvard University. He lives with his wife, Lisa and his daughters, Scarlett and Elsa in Durham, NC.
Karen is an executive who has advised senior executives in healthcare, technology and professional services sectors as well as in higher education. She is a thought leader in marketing and corporate reputation management who excels in strategic planning, driving growth and strengthening brand reputation to drive business outcomes.
Karen held a number of leadership roles with Capstrat, a marketing communications agency and then Ketchum, a global communications consultancy. As EVP, President and then CEO, she played a leading role in growing Capstrat. Under her leadership, the company earned a national reputation as an award-winning industry leader. Among her accomplishments at Capstrat: launching analytics and social media services, building a national healthcare practice and revamping the firm’s digital offerings. Karen also navigated the agency’s acquisition by Omnicom Inc. in 2012 and worked to integrate Capstrat into the Ketchum network.
She serves on the board of directors of the American Marketing Association and the board of visitors for UNC Children’s Hospital.
As Vice President of Philanthropy at Children's Home Society Kristen leads the Philanthropy team, guiding the fundraising and community engagement efforts statewide. She has more than 20 years of experience in tax law and fundraising in the nonprofit sector and higher education, and she brings significant experience and expertise in major gifts and planned giving. Prior to joining CHS, Kristen spent 10 years at Duke University, most recently as Senior Gift Planning Counsel for University Development. Previously she worked with the Triangle Community Foundation and as a tax attorney. Smalley currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Durham Nativity School.