About Us

About Us

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

Partner
Turning Point Litigation

ARTHUR L. SAMET

President
Samet Corporation

DR. PHYLLIS WORTHY DAWKINS

Interim President
Bennett College

BRENT CHRISTENSEN

President & CEO
Greensboro Partnership

DONNA DEMAIO

President & CEO
United Guaranty Corporation

FRANKLIN D. GILLIAM, JR.

Co-Chair, Chancellor
UNCG

ED KITCHEN

VP and COO
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

ERIC C. WISEMAN

Executive Chairman
VF Corporation

HAROLD L. MARTIN SR.

Chancellor
North Carolina A&T State University

J. PATRICK DANAHY

Chairman
Union Square Campus

DAVE ALTMAN

Chief Operating Officer
Center for Creative Leadership

JANE FERNANDES

President
Guilford College

LEE LLOYD

Senior Advisor
J. Lee Lloyd, LLC

RANDALL R. KAPLAN

CEO
Capsule Group, LLC

LARRY CZARDA

President
Greensboro College

RON LAWRENCE

VP, Global Talent Management
VF Corporation

SUE W. COLE

President
SAGE Leadership & Strategy

LEO M. LAMBERT

President
Elon University

VERN HAWKINS

President – Syngenta North American (NAFTA) Crop Protection

RANDY PARKER

President – Guilford Technical Community College

NANCY VAUGHAN

Mayor
City of Greensboro

JIM WESTMORELAND

City Manager
City of Greensboro

TIM RICE

Co-Chair, Retired CEO
Cone Health System

Staff

CECELIA THOMPSON

Executive Director
Action Greensboro

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