Connect Raleigh Lecture Series

Last updated Apr. 20, 2018 - 4:40 pm

About the Series

The “Connect Raleigh” lecture series features nationally known speakers who engage the community in dialogue about issues and topics related to Raleigh being one of the best places to live, work, and play. These topics may include smart growth practices, placemaking, sustainability, civic innovation, and many others.

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This series is organized by a team of employees from multiple City departments who are part of the City's strategic planning initiative. The goal of this initiative is to carry out a speakers' series with national experts to educate our organization and community on strategic and innovative topics. 

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Connect Raleigh Featuring Jason Mayden

Jason Mayden

Get inspired to start your own business in Raleigh! Join us as we kick off National Small Business Week with a lecture featuring Jason Mayden, CEO and co-founder of Super Heroic, Inc. and former design executive for Nike. Mr. Mayden will be sharing his experiences working for a Fortune 500 company as well as what he has learned from starting his own business.

A panel discussion sponsored by Wake Tech Small Business Center also will be held. Panelists include:

  • Carrie Peele with MAKO Documents;
  • Helen Pfann with Night Kitchen;
  • Edward Danyo with Indigo Dynamic Networks; and,
  • Terence Morrison with Acropolis Controls.

A reception and an opportunity to learn about resources available to help you start your business will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the City of Raleigh, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and Wake Tech Small Business Center.

Event Details
Monday, April 30
5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury Street

Connect Raleigh Featuring Peter Kageyama

Peter Kageyama Lecture

In November 2017, Peter Kageyama, an acclaimed community development consultant and the author of "For the Love of Cities," hosted the first lecture in this series. Throughout his talk, Mr. Kageyama highlighted what makes Raleigh a desirable, engaged, and innovative community. He also shared with the audience how demonstrating their love for Raleigh through public service and community involvement can help make the city a better place to live. Following the lecture, Mr. Kageyama hosted a meet and greet and book signing for attendees. The event also featured Shaw University's drumline and winners of the iDEA Raleigh competition: A pop-up parkour playspace at Dix Park and Big Chess Across the City.

Watch Peter Kageyama's Lecture

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