The North Carolina (NC) CEO Forum is for executives and management teams who want to gain a competitive edge in the market. This invitation-only event welcomes business, government and non-profit leaders who are dedicated to helping North Carolina grow jobs and build its presence on the national and international scene.

The NC CEO Forum is an educational event. We welcome individuals in management, executive teams, and sponsors. Registration to the forum includes breakfast, networking breaks, lunch, and a cocktail reception. Each year, we have a “give back” component to the program as a part of the commitment of our founders to giving back to the community. Learn more about our Featured Non-Profits.

If you are interested in participating in the 2014 NC CEO Forum, featuring keynote speakers Alan Mulally and Chris Viehbacher, please Request an Invitation. For information on how to become a sponsor, please view our Sponsor Benefits or fill out the contact form on our Become a Sponsor page.


Our Mission

The mission of the NC CEO Forum is to make North Carolina a better place to live and work by creating a community of business leaders who learn with and from each other.

The NC CEO Forum is committed to giving back to the community by donating profits to non-profit partners. This year, we’re continuing our commitment to giving back with a raffle and live auction in support of our featured nonprofit, Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina. We also want to give attention and thanks to our Friends of the Forum nonprofits: CED, NC Arts in Action, NC Center for Nonprofits, NC GreenPower, and Triangle Entrepreneurship Week powered by Forward Triangle, and the Triangle Chapter of the British American Business Council.




Make-A-Wish® of Eastern North Carolina grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. A wish is a powerful gift that brings often is the beginning of the healing process for wish kids and their families. The impact of a wish experience is profound.

Make-A-Wish provides a unique and rewarding way for donors and volunteers to make a life-changing impact on sick children, their families, and communities. Founded in 1986, the chapter serves all medically eligible children who reside in the 49 counties east of the Orange / Alamance county line.

The chapter operates solely through generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundations. With the help of more than 200 volunteers, including our Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina has granted more than 2,800 wishes since its inception.





CED provides education, mentoring, and capital formation resources to entrepreneurs, growth-stage firms, investors, service partners, academics, and individuals. CED was founded in 1984.
Arts In action
North Carolina Arts in Action is dedicated to transforming the lives of children through participation in the arts. Founded in 2005, it is one of 12 affiliates of the National Dance Institute.


The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is a resource and network for nonprofit board and staff members. Founded in 1990, the mission is to enrich North Carolina’s nonprofit community.
NC GreenPower


NC GreenPower strives to improve the quality of the environment by connecting consumers with renewable energy sources, including green energy and carbon offset providers.



Forward Triangle, formerly Triangle Entrepreneurship Week, is a series of events aimed at providing connections, knowledge, and resources for emerging business within the area’s entrepreneurial community.
Triangle BABC
The Triangle Chapter of the British American Business Council works to strengthen trade partnerships between the U.S. and United Kingdom. BABCNC offers business development and referral opportunities via networking and educational programs.






The 2013 NC CEO Forum—North Carolina’s premier leadership conference—featured keynote addresses from retired U.S. Army four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and John Chambers, CEO of Cisco. The featured keynotes were joined by national and regional C-level executives who shared insights on how to incorporate leadership-based innovation by providing examples, including what worked and what didn’t and the hows and whys of each. The Forum continued its charitable commitment, which included a raffle and live auction in support of its featured nonprofits, NC Arts in Action and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Friends of the Forum included CED, NC Center for Nonprofits, NC GreenPower, and Triangle Entrepreneurship Week.

Title sponsors included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Oracle, and Quintiles.

The Forum was held Thurs., Aug. 22, 2013 at the North Ridge Country Club in north Raleigh, N.C. For the fifth consecutive year, co-founders Rick Deckelbaum and Brian Kinahan co-hosted along with Billie Redmond and Diane Adams.


The 2012 NC CEO Forum featured retired CEO Jack Welch as the featured keynote speaker. The event was structured around Welch’s book “Winning”. The Forum assisted the 300-plus attendees in learning how to make workplaces more gratifying while also improving performance. The Forum featured team-based tables, which fostered more collaborative learning. All attendees received an autographed copy of Welch’s best-selling book.

In addition to keynote presentations and panel discussions, the all-day program included breakfast, lunch, multiple breaks, and a closing wine and beer networking reception.

All proceed and profits from the afternoon raffle and auction benefitted the Make-A-Wish® of Eastern North Carolina and NC Arts in Action. Title Sponsors included Allscripts, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Extreme Networks, M*MODAL, and PNC Financial Services Group. The Forum was held on Thurs., Oct. 11, 2012 at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. Rick Deckelbaum and Brian Kinahan again co-hosted the event.


The 2011 NC CEO Forum featured acclaimed business author Jim Collins as the keynote speaker. A host of North Carolina’s CEOs and distinguished executives supplemented Collins with presentations and discussions centralized around the theme of Building Great Companies That Last. Attendees were able to gain insight into challenges and opportunities posed by environmental initiatives, social mandates, and near-term economic constraints through unique story-telling and examples.

In 2011, the Forum placed more emphasis on its charitable efforts. Featured nonprofits included NC Arts in Action and Make-A-Wish® of Eastern North Carolina. Friends of the Forum nonprofits included CED, N.C. Center for Nonprofits, NC GreenPower.

Title sponsors included Allscripts, Bayer CropScience, and RBC Bank. The day-long Forum was held Wed., Aug. 10 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.


The 2010 NC CEO Forum featured a keynote address from Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the iconic founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Chuck Swoboda, CEO and Chairman of Cree, was the afternoon keynote speaker. The Forum’s theme of The Triple Bottom Line: 21st Century Leadership in People, Planet and Profit attracted attendees who gained insight into the challenges and opportunities posed by environmental initiatives, social mandates, and near-term economic constraints.

The invitation-only event was co-hosted by the North Carolina Chamber, Summit Performance Systems, and RDA Recruiters in association with Bayer CropScience. The Forum was held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center on May 18, 2010.


The inaugural NC CEO Forum was the first of its kind—a premier event for North Carolina business leaders featuring key executives locally, regionally, and nationally. Nearly 300 people attended the invitation-only event. Steve Forbes, Chairman and CEO of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, was the featured keynote speaker. The Forum was developed for speakers and guests to gain insight, develop relationships, and participate in discussions.

Business leaders offered insights and perspectives on topics relating to tactical and strategic implications, how the economy affected public and non-profit sectors, and the effect of the global economic crisis on North Carolina.