Annual Buzz Breakfast Series

2024 Summer Buzz Breakfast! Save the Dates

Wednesday, June 12

Wednesday, July 10

Wednesday, August 14

Details and ticketing information to come soon!

What is the series?

Buzz Breakfast, hosted by Leadership Asheville at the University of North Carolina Asheville, is traditionally a three-part breakfast event series focused on one theme held each summer. The theme varies each year, but it is always a timely & thought-provoking one that directly connects to our local Asheville community. Previous themes have included: “Growing & Retaining A Diverse Workforce For A Vibrant Future,” Working Together for a Safe and Vibrant Downtown,” and “Equity in Creative Placemaking.”

What are some past topics? Who are past guests?

Previous topics have included:

  • Building Bridges: What is Already Being Done and How Can You Help?
  • Show Me The Money: Funding Our Priorities…Where Does It Come From?
  • Safety For All & What Does That Mean?
  • Growth and a Diverse Workforce: Where Are We Now?
  • Growth & Retaining A Diverse Workforce From Within
  • In-migration: Recruiting & Retaining A Diverse Workforce
  • Removal of Confederate Monuments
  • Considerations When Selecting Public Art & Monuments

Past guests have included:

  • Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans, and author of In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History
  • Paul Farber, the Director of Monument Lab, and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Public Art & Space at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Katie Cornell, Executive Director, Asheville Area Arts Council,
  • Stephanie Monson Dahl, Strategic Development Program Director, City of Asheville
  • Sekou Coleman, Executive Director, Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community
  • Scott McLean, Director, Talent Management, The Biltmore Company
  • Nathan Ramsey, Director, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Land of Sky Regional Council
  • Kidada Wynn, Executive Director, Student Services, Asheville City Schools
  • Meherwan Irani, Founder, Chef and CEO, Chai Pani Restaurant Group
  • Jorie Matijevich, Regional Vice President of Human Resources, Mission Health
  • John Russler, Plant Manager, EATON Corporation
  • Avril Pinder, County Manager, Buncombe County
  • Dana Frankel, Downtown Planning Manager, City of Asheville
  • Kevan Frazier, Co-Owner, Well Played Game Café; Founder, Asheville By Foot Walking Tours; Executive Director, WCU Biltmore Park
  • Captain Mike Lamb, Asheville Police Department
  • David McCartney, General Manager, Hotel Arras
  • Debra Campbell, City Manager, City of Asheville


Where and when does the series happen? How much are tickets?

All breakfasts take place at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. Doors open at 7:45 AM. Breakfast and networking from 8:00 – 8:30 AM. Program begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 9:45 AM.

Individual event tickets are $25, or you may purchase series tickets (all three events) for $70.

Table sponsorships are available! Individual event table sponsorships are $350 or you may purchase a series table sponsorship for $1000. Each table seats eight people. Table sponsors are recognized on all event materials and from the podium during the event.


How can I learn more?

For more information, please contact Jan Lowe, Director of Leadership Asheville, or call 828-255-7102.