ETHL September Final Friday Lunch Series - Raleigh

Join Us on Friday, September 25 for the Emerging Tar Heel Leaders (ETHL) Final Friday Lunch Series in Raleigh

Join ETHL each final Friday of the month for an informal luncheon with various North Carolina notables. Come share your thoughts about the future of North Carolina--challenges, opportunities, hopes. Following remarks from the special guest, we'll provide ample time for Q&A. Consider Final Fridays a rare opportunity to share lunch with seasoned North Carolina leaders with whom you may not normally have the chance to interact one-on-one.


Featured Speaker:

Brian Etheridge, President of Leadership North Carolina


Brian Etheridge assumed his duties as President of Leadership North Carolina on March 15, 2006.  He is the fourth chief executive of the organization. 

As President, Etheridge guides Leadership North Carolina in accomplishing its mission by providing the guidance, organization, communication, and vision necessary to maintain and grow the institution and its program curriculum.


To maintain the high caliber program participants have come to expect, Etheridge leads a Program Committee to develop the curriculum that is consistent with the mission of the organization.  Etheridge works to ensure that the six monthly, two-day sessions give class members a broader understanding and appreciation of the State, with a focus on issues in the topical areas of Economic Development, Education, Environment, Government, and Health/Human Services.


Etheridge fosters and maintains effective relationships with corporate and individual sponsors, businesses, public officials, community and business leaders, government organizations, public policy interest groups, other non-profit organizations, and the media by serving as the main ambassador for the organization.  He continues to seek out methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Leadership North Carolina and its programs, and to expand revenue sources through grants, in-kind service for the organization, corporate and individual sponsors, and other creative sources of revenue.


In addition to his duties related to the Leadership North Carolina program, Etheridge also engages the over 700 alumni through special events and alumni opportunities that build on the knowledge gained during the LNC experience.  


Prior to joining LNC, Etheridge served as director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, a division of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.  He cultivated partnerships with the state’s corporate and foundation communities to raise funds for student scholarship aid on behalf of 27 private colleges across North Carolina and advocated for access to higher education.


A native of Lillington, Etheridge earned his bachelor’s degree in education from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Following graduation, he was a classroom teacher at Sunset Park Elementary in New Hanover County and Timber Drive Elementary in Wake County. 

In addition to his work with Leadership North Carolina, Etheridge is a proud Eagle Scout and serves on the Advisory Board of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Brian is a member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh and serves as a member of the Lay Ministries Committee.  In April of 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina.  Etheridge recently joined the Advisory Board of the First Year College at North Carolina State University, working to improve retention and graduation rates through a program that creates a sense of community for freshman and sophomores.

Brian, his wife Meredith Sparrow Etheridge and their daughters Virginia and Cameron reside in Raleigh.


Join Us on Friday, September 25, and meet Brian Etheridge

Conference Room, A.J. Fletcher Foundation

The Foundation is in the historic Briggs Hardware Building, located at 220 Fayetteville Street Mall, Suite 312, in downtown Raleigh.

Space is limited. Registration is limited to 24 people.

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