2020 Summer Buzz Breakfasts

August 26 – Election 2020

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

July 22

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  • 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

June 24

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  • 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


Thanks to our Co-Presenting Sponsors:

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May 28 – Shifting Leadership Mindsets to Find Opportunities in Change

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

Video of local businesses that have shiftes

May 12

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  • Kevan Frazier
  • Jack Cecil
  • 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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