Dean's Leadership Series

Join Belk College of Business Dean Jennifer Troyer for one-hour lunch sessions on timely topics. Students, alumni and the business community are invited to attend.

We will soon announce our spring schedule for the Dean’s Leadership Series.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email

About the Series

The Dean's Leadership Series aims to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Belk College of Business and give back to the Charlotte community by welcoming distinguished guest speakers, executive business practitioners, and thought leaders who will share their insights and experiences regarding current challenges and future opportunities facing our business community. Each Dean’s Leadership Series session will bring together a panel of experts who will shed light on a pressing topic facing business leaders.

Previous Sessions

Leading on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Monday, September 28

Latesha Byrd ‘12, CEO and Founder of Byrd Career Consulting
Mike Freno, President and Head of Investments, Barings
Omar G. Jorge Peña, CEO, Compare Foods
Craig Parkin, Senior Managing Director, TIAA 

George Banks, Associate Professor of Management 

Recorded Presentation

Implications of COVID-19 for Commercial Real Estate

Thursday, October 15
  • Peter Fioretti, Founder and CEO, Mountain Funding
  • Jane Wu '07 (MAFI), President, Panorama Holdings, LLC
  • Landon Wyatt, Partner, Childress Klein

Yongqiang Chu, Director of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate

Recorded Presentation

Managing Through COVID-19: What Makes Family Business Different 

Monday, November 16 

Larry Griffin, Jr. ‘84, Principal, Griffin Brothers Companies
Mike Griffin, Principal, Griffin Brothers Companies

Chuck Howard ‘71, Owner and CEO, Autobell Car Wash Inc.

Susan Jamison '78, Owner, Wealth Matters, LLC

Torsten M. Pieper, Associate Professor of Management

Recorded Presentation