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Dr. Ryan James, Specialist Master at Deloitte Consulting, explains his research into what is driving development in the New South. Dr. James details the changes and new trends across the workforce and ecosystem that supports business growth. Plus, hear which Charlotte-based company he says is a prime example of building itself and its community to meet the needs of a changing, skilled workforce. 
The U.S. Senate recently passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which includes some of the largest proposed investments into infrastructure in American history. In this podcast, Michael Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, U. S. Department of Transportation explains how this legislation could impact transportation, roads, drinking water and more in the Charlotte Region. This podcast was created from content during the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Leadership Retreat on Oct. 7, 2021. 
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and CLT Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar host a discussion on racial equity and the importance of advancing Black and brown leaders. Hear from Mayor Lyles about how businesses can improve diversity in the workplace and how young professionals of color can advance their careers. This podcast was created from content during the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Leadership Retreat on Oct. 7, 2021. 
As leaders across the Charlotte Region continue to seek guidance around the potential impacts of a federal vaccine requirement for businesses, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance® provided deeper understanding for the business community through a conversation with the North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson. Hear his ideological and logistical thoughts on the mandate. Plus, Commissioner Dobson explains what makes N.C. unique when it comes to implementing the mandate and the options the N.C. Department of Labor will have in the near future. Read more about the discussion with Commissioner Dobson here. 
As the impacts of Covid-19 evolve, we are gaining insight into how businesses are managing back-to-work strategies.  In this podcast, hear from Amazon, Ally Financial, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and Premier, Inc. about changes being made in various industries to promote mental and physical health. Plus, our panelists describe their strategies to adjust policies for pandemic-related mandates. This is part two of our Combined Talent and Research Collaborative Meeting on Sept. 22. This podcast includes:Tara Beck, Senior Staffing Manager, AmazonKathie Patterson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ally FinancialLindsay Powers, Senior Vice President of People, Premier, Inc.Phil Kuttner, Chief Executive Officer, Little Diversified Architectural ConsultingModerator: Laura Stanley, Associate Professor of Management, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte
As we navigate the impacts of Covid-19, we continue to gain insight into how organizations plan to manage back-to-work strategies. In this podcast, hear from Amazon, Ally Financial, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, and Premier, Inc. about retaining employees during "the great resignation" as well as collaboration and onboarding in a hybrid business environment. Plus, our panelists describe the generational differences across industries as employees return to the office. This is part one of our Combined Talent and Research Collaborative Meeting on Sept. 22. Stay tuned for part two next week. This podcast includes:Tara Beck, Senior Staffing Manager, AmazonKathie Patterson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ally FinancialLindsay Powers, Senior Vice President of People, Premier, Inc.Phil Kuttner, Chief Executive Officer, Little Diversified Architectural ConsultingModerator: Laura Stanley, Associate Professor of Management, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance talks with Mohammad Jenatian from the Greater Charlotte Hospitality Alliance and Heath Dillard from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority about the current trends and potential future of the hospitality industry. These experts discuss hiring shortages, successful industry leaders, and vaccine and mask mandates. 
The 2020 social injustices heightened the need to create safe spaces for workplace conversations, designed to provide a non-judgemental mindset towards growth. As part of the CLT Alliance’s Young Professionals Spotlight series, CLT Alliance Young Professional board chair Michaelina Antahades and vice chair Kristerpher Smith share an authentic dialogue about how courageous conversations can help us grow, personally and professionally.
In this episode, CLT Alliance Chief Advocacy and Strategy Officer Kelly O’Brien sits down with David Head, Chair of the CLT Alliance Foundation, to discuss its signature programs: Young Professionals, Emerging Business Leaders, Power of Women, and ScaleUp CLT. Tune in as David shares insight about these important programs, his passion for serving the community, and more.
Founded in 1984, Microban International is a global leader in antimicrobial, odor-control, and continuously active surface disinfection and sanitization technologies. Tune in as Michael Ruby, Vice President of Global Built-In Business at Microban, discusses the company’s history in the Charlotte Region, how their important products work, and how companies can partner with this highly relevant company with global headquarters in Huntersville. 
In this episode of the podcast, CLT Alliance Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Joe Bost hosts a panel including Katie Titus with the S.C. Chamber, Tiger Wells with Duke Energy, and Jeff Wafford at UPS, as they discuss how the business community can help drive racial equity. 
On this episode, the CLT Alliance spoke with Senators Mujtaba Mohammed and Danny Britt about ways to drive racial equity in the business community and bipartisan solutions to some of the challenges on criminal justice reform.
Recorded live at the CLT Alliance Investor Quarterly meeting, Erik Spanberg, of the Charlotte Business Journal, moderates the panel, as Fred, Tom, and Adam share perspective and valuable facts about how sports drives our regional economy. 
The CLT Alliance is one of over 200 chambers in a coalition intended to emphasize the importance of infrastructure. On this episode of the podcast, Ed Mortimer, vice president of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins us to discuss the state of the Charlotte Region’s comprehensive infrastructure investments, identifies the related key leaders the CLT Alliance should engage, and explains the timeline for getting things done in Washington.
In the latest podcast episode, South Carolina House Majority Leader Gary Simrill discusses the 2021 Legislative Session and points out some key victories of the business community. Tune in as he sheds light on what’s to come for the South Carolina General Assembly. 
As we begin enrollment for our 10th class, join these Emerging Business Leaders program alumni as they share stories from their own professional journeys. Guests include:Michaelina Antahades,Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Brad Brogdon, GenslerMonifa Drayton, AtriumHealth/Lead 2.0ChrisMoxley, 704 ShopWhat’s in it for you?In this powerful episode,four talented leaders share how the CLT Alliance Emerging Business Leadersprogram helped propel their professional journeys. Here, they’ll share whatthey learned and offer suggestions for the future, as we continue to focus oncultivating social capital; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and leadershipdevelopment.
As the world moves toward a low-Carbon future, there is a growing range of technology and equipment facilitating the transition to more sustainable energy sources.  In the transportation and energy production sectors, electric vehicle (EV) developments have expanded demand and interest in sustainable battery storage. When looking for sustainable solutions, many see the City of Charlotte and the 15-county region as a growing hub for the Lithium and EV market. Last month, the CLT Alliance partnered with SelectUSA and the U.S. Embassy Japan to showcase our region as a leader in this emerging market. You can listen to that presentation here. Today, we followed up with local lithium supplier Piedmont Lithium and spoke with their Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, David Klanecky for a deeper dive into the world of Lithium, EVs, and battery storage to find out why the Charlotte Region is making such a major impact on this industry worldwide 
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance recently joined Capital Analytics for the release of their latest business intelligence report Invest: Charlotte 2021. The guide offers 160+ pages of information and data tailored to the local, national, and international investor that highlights Charlotte as the place to do business. CLT Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar was invited to moderate the innovation panel. On this panel, you can expect to hear insights from: Tom Murray, CEO with the Charlotte Regional Visitors AuthorityTracy Dodson, Assistant City Manager & Economic Development Director with the City of Charlotte Malcomb Coley, Central Region EY Private Leader & Charlotte Managing Partner with  EYGeoff Gray, Executive Vice President, with Signature Consultants Tune in to hear how innovation has helped position our city and region for growth in a recovering economy. To download the Invest: Charlotte 2021 report and other Capital Analytics resources, click here. 
Sven Gerzer, Eileen Cai and Greg Sizemore recap an exciting week of activity at the Select USA Summit.  Over 3,400 participants from around the world in a virtual summit focused on economic development in the United States. 
In partnership with SelectUSA and the U.S. Embassy Japan, the CLT Alliance hosted a panel discussion on lithium batteries and this emerging market’s growing demand in the City of Charlotte and the 15-county region. Featuring discussions from Charlotte Regional Business Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar, Albemarle Corporation’s Chief Commercial Officer Tina Craft, and Piedmont Lithium’s Chief Operating Officer David Klenecky, listen in to hear how the Charlotte Region is taking a leading role in the U.S. battery industry.This panel was originally presented in both Japanese and English. To watch the fully translated presentation, click here. 
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