About Us

About Us

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Opportunities abound in Greensboro

What makes opportunity thrive in Greensboro, North Carolina? We think our appeal as a place to build a life and a livelihood begins with the culture of knowledge, innovation and creativity that is spurred by the seven institutions of higher learning located in Greensboro.

This intellectual capital fuels the engine of our diversified, economically vibrant business community. Add to that “livability” that inspires personal growth and fulfillment, and the result is a growth-friendly business climate that benefits all who choose to build their future here.

Opportunity Greensboro: A Business and Collegiate Partnership is a consortium of the business and higher education leaders who are working to further the connections between businesses and our colleges and universities. Through this national model of collaboration, we are identifying and acting on opportunities to transform our wealth of educational assets into commercial success—creating for Greensboro a competitive advantage for business growth.

Opportunity Greensboro focuses on four areas that leverage our academic strengths into success: marketing, common programs, entrepreneurship, and K–12 education. The group’s first projects included establishing the community-wide marketing theme, “Opportunity Thrives Here, So Can You”, the launch of The STEM Early College at NC A&T, a collaborative venture with Guilford County Schools, and the shared downtown “Union Square Campus” scheduled for completion this Fall 2016.

Opportunity Greensboro is an initiative of Action Greensboro.

ALAN W. DUNCAN
ALAN W. DUNCAN

Partner
Turning Point Litigation

ARTHUR L. SAMET
ARTHUR L. SAMET

President
Samet Corporation

DR. PHYLLIS WORTHY DAWKINS

Interim President
Bennett College

BRENT CHRISTENSEN
BRENT CHRISTENSEN

President & CEO
Greensboro Partnership

DONNA DEMAIO
DONNA DEMAIO

President & CEO
United Guaranty Corporation

FRANKLIN D. GILLIAM, JR.
FRANKLIN D. GILLIAM, JR.

Chancellor
UNCG

ED KITCHEN
ED KITCHEN

VP and COO
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

ERIC C. WISEMAN
ERIC C. WISEMAN

Chairman, President & CEO
VF Corporation

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HAROLD L. MARTIN SR.

Chancellor
North Carolina A&T State University

J. PATRICK DANAHY
J. PATRICK DANAHY

Chairman
Union Square Campus

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KAREN DYER

Group Director
Center for Creative Leadership

JANE FERNANDES
JANE FERNANDES

President
Guilford College

LEE LLOYD
LEE LLOYD

Senior Advisor
J. Lee Lloyd, LLC

RANDALL R. KAPLAN
RANDALL R. KAPLAN

CEO
Capsule Group, LLC

LARRY CZARDA
LARRY CZARDA

President
Greensboro College

RON LAWRENCE
RON LAWRENCE

VP, Global Talent Management
VF Corporation

SUE W. COLE
SUE W. COLE

President
SAGE Leadership & Strategy

LEO M. LAMBERT
LEO M. LAMBERT

President
Elon University

VERN HAWKINS
VERN HAWKINS

President – Syngenta North American (NAFTA) Crop Protection

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RANDY PARKER

President – Guilford Technical Community College

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NANCY VAUGHAN

Mayor
City of Greensboro

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JIM WESTMORELAND

City Manager
City of Greensboro

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TIM RICE

Retired CEO
Cone Health System

Staff

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CECELIA THOMPSON

Executive Director
Action Greensboro

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