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Culture as a Strategic Asset

February 20, 2018
Charlotte, NC

Member Price: $40
Non-Member Price: $60



Culture as a Strategic Asset - A Healthy Culture Pays Off


NACD 2017 Blue Ribbon Panel Report (Copies will be available at the meeting.)


Researchers have explored the link between corporate culture and performance, and the key takeaway is: Healthy cultures pay off. Various studies have shown that companies with high scores on culture-related criteria such as mission and employee involvement outperform peers on customer satisfaction, safety, quality, profitability, sales growth, productivity, and shareholder returns.  Having a healthy, resilient culture is essential if companies want to be able to adapt to new business dynamics and competitive challenges


The oversight of culture is, by definition, a key board responsibility - the 2017 NACD Blue Ribbon Panel report on Culture is a call to action for directors to elevate the dialogue on culture (including culture in the boardroom) and help their organizations translate values into value.


Our keynote speaker will be Mike McGuire, CEO of Grant Thornton LLP. Mike will be joined later by Sue Cole, Managing Partner of SAGE Leadership and Strategy, LLC. Sue will lead a Blue Ribbon Panel Report Q&A session. 


  • Parking for the Crown Club at Spectrum Arena is located in the Center City Green parking deck at 350 E 6th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.  To exit the parking deck please take elevators 1 & 2 down to the Ground Level, take a right when you get off, and walk across 5th street to enter the Spectrum Center. We will not be validating parking - please consider using public transportation, Uber or Lyft. 
  • Arena Entrance – Please use the 5th street Bank of America Executive Entrance.  At the entrance you will go through security and be escorted down to the Crown Club.

Location and Time


Grant Thornton Crown Club - Spectrum Arena
333 E Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Networking 5:-5:30pm

Program 5:30pm-7:00pm

Speaker Spotlight


Mike McGuire

Mike McGuire is the chief executive officer of Grant Thornton LLP. McGuire has more than 30 years of experience working closely with high-growth, startup and middle-market companies in a variety of industries, including technology, services, construction, manufacturing, venture capital, distribution, retail and franchising. He has significant experience in capital markets transactions ranging from angel investing to initial public offerings. He has advised numerous companies in a variety of industries on M&A strategies, due diligence and deal structure. Most recently, he served as national managing partner – operations. Previously, McGuire served as the national managing partner of Markets, Industry, People & Culture and served as the managing partner of the firm’s Carolinas offices, which includes offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., and Columbia, S.C.

Sue Cole

Sue Cole will join Mike and lead a Blue Ribbon Panel Report Q & A Session. Sue Cole is a director of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. where she serves as chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. In addition, she serves on the boards of Biscuitville Inc. and Diversified Trust Company. A founding director and past president of NACD's Carolinas Chapter, she continues to be on several non-profit boards, including United Way of Greater Greensboro and the Greensboro Science Center. Ms. Cole is currently the managing partner of SAGE Leadership & Strategy LLC, a boutique advisory firm she founded in 2011 to advise family businesses and large non-profits on strategy, leadership development and governance. She has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, including corporate lending and wealth management.



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