2021 Global Advantage Forum

“The Future is Now”
A Statewide Virtual Forum
October 28, 2021, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Join business, education, government and community leaders at the NC Global Advantage Forum 2021!

Become part of a collaborative effort to ensure that North Carolina is the most globally engaged state in the U.S.

On behalf of the NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness, a partnership of private and public sector leaders focused on enhanced global engagement, we invite you to join us for a timely discussion on global engagement for North Carolina.

Secretary Marshall and Commissioner Troxler

Co-chairs, NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness

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Secretary Elaine Marshall

North Carolina Secretary of State

In 1996, Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall became the first woman ever elected to statewide, executive branch office in North Carolina. As Secretary of State for seven consecutive terms, Secretary Marshall has pioneered e-commerce in government and promoted financial capital formation in North Carolina. She is a strong advocate for greater international commerce, leading trade delegations to represent North Carolina products and businesses and hosting international delegations visiting the state.

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Commissioner Steve Troxler

Agriculture Commissioner of North Carolina

N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was raised in the Guilford County community of Browns Summit and has spent his entire career in agriculture as founder, owner and operator of Troxler Farms. Over the years, the family-owned farm has produced tobacco, heat, vegetables and soybeans. Since taking office in 2005, Troxler has focused on developing new markets for N.C. farm products, preserving working farms and protecting the state’s food supply.

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Richard Linton

Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University

N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative: A Global Reach with an Impact Locally and Nationally

Special Guest

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Mike Elder

Novozymes North America

Disussion moderated by:

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Tom White

Vice-Chair, NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness, Director, Economic Development Partnership, Office of External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development, NC State University

Welcoming Speakers

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Governor Roy Cooper

North Carolina Governor
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Secretary Machelle Sanders

North Carolina Secretary of Commerce
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Chris Chung

CEO of The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

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Tim Gabel

Executive Vice President, Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences at RTI

Fireside Chat

The Future of Green and Blue Economies for NC on the Global Stage

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Alan O'Connor


Senior Director, Center for Applied Economics & Strategy at RTI International

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Angel Hsu


Assistant Professor of Public Policy and the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program, Founder and Director EnviroLab, UNC Chapel Hill

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David Swintosky


Managing Director, Dunning Capital

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Katie Bowler-Young


Incoming Assistant Dean for Communications, Marketing and Business Development at Duke University School of Nursing

Fireside Chat

Connecting Our Leaders Around the Globe

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Sandy Stewart


Assistant Commissioner at North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

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Sander Dijkslag


Director, Eosta

Presentation of the

NC Global Ambassador Award



  • Secretary Elaine Marshall
    North Carolina Secretary of State
  • Jim Fain
    Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary, Founder NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness

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