2020 Summer Buzz Breakfasts

Video of August 26 Buzz Breakfast - Election 2020

Speakers were:

Dr. Chris Cooper, Department Head of Political Science & Public Affairs, Western Carolina University
Corinne Duncan, Director, Election Services, Buncombe County


Video of July 22 Buzz Breakfast

Speakers were:

Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent, Buncombe County Schools
Kit Cramer, CEO and President, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Gene Freeman, Superintendent, Asheville City Schools
Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, Interim Health Director; Medical Director, Buncombe County Health Services


Video of June 24 Buzz Breakast 

Panelists were:
Katie Cornell, Executive Director, Asheville Area Arts Council

Liz Tallent, Marketing and Special Events Director, The Orange Peel

Kevin Westmoreland, Co-owner, The Corner Kitchen and Chestnut restaurants
Lucious Wilson, General Manager, Wedge Brewing Company

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Video of May 28 Buzz Breakfast - Shifting Leadership Mindsets to Find Opportunities in Change

Presenters were:
Kyle Hermans, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Be Courageous; and Mary Lynn Manns PhD, Acting Chair & Professor of Management at UNC Asheville;

Video of local businesses that have shiftes

Video of May 12 Buzz Breakfast with Kevan Frazier, Jack Cecil and Pat Whalen


This pandemic is a major stressor on our economy and on our healthcare system. Many people are unemployed or furloughed. Hospitality and retail workers along with artists were some of the first hit hardest. Unfortunately, it does not stop there. Non-profits, like Leadership Asheville, are also being impacted, as many have had to cancel major fundraising events. 

The Buzz Breakfast series have always aimed to present valuable information while bringing our community together, but they have also been major fundraising events for Leadership Asheville. We are looking to hold more virtual Buzz Breakfasts this summer as information and circumstances are changing so rapidly.

We know some of you have been greatly impacted by the pandemic while others of you are still able to work. If you are able,we ask you to consider making a donation to Leadership Asheville. A monthly recurring gift of any amount would be a big help and we would be extremely grateful if you are able to do so. Thanks.

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