Annual Meeting and Conferences - BuildWELL: Designing Buildings & Spaces to Improve Health

September 18, 2023 - September 20, 2023 11:30 am - 7:30 pm

2023 Annual Meeting and Conferences

BuildWELL: Designing Buildings & Spaces to Improve Health

This year, the conference will highlight North Carolina examples of buildings and spaces designed to improve health, in alignment with the emerging, internationally recognized WELL designations. Hear from experts who are building and developing our communities with a focus on our health as it relates to physical space and how it impacts our physical and mental well-being. This affects all of us as we work, learn, and play.

Whether you are designing a new building, or determining how to use space in an existing building, WELL practices can be used. Examples can include windows for natural light – which boosts productivity and even improves sleep patterns, as well as interior design, color choices, how outdoor spaces are used, and even healthy vending.

WELL v.2 strives to be equitable, global, evidence-based, technically robust, customer-focused, and resilient.

The Poe Center’s atrium is a great example of using natural light to create healthy spaces. Natural light, often highlighted as a feature of healthy buildings, improves productivity, focus, and psychological well being.

Poe’s GrowWELL Garden teaching theater creates connections between indoor and outdoor spaces, which is considered a component of healthy buildings.

We invite you to join us as we explore this topic. Registration will be open in June.

Join the Conversation at #Poe31 and #beethechange.

After the keynote, attendees will participate in a small group activity – The Mystery Cube. The activity will challenge participants to work together and reflect on leadership. Program experts will conclude by sharing team findings and inspiration with the whole group.

Keynote Speaker: Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, Founder & CEO, Bee Downtown

Bee Downtown installs and maintains beehives on corporate campuses through our Corporate Hive Program and has a biomimicry leadership development institute where leaders and aspiring leaders from all over the world can come to learn about effective leadership through lessons learned by one of our most efficient and effective communities: Honeybees.

Bee Downtown currently maintains hives and facilitates employee engagement and leader development programming for many of the country’s largest and most influential corporations including Delta, MetLife, Invesco, Cisco, Georgia Power, AT&T, Chick-Fil-A, Cox Enterprises, and more.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, September 18, 2023
Health Conference with Moderated Panels & Luncheon

Alumni Event Center, N.C. A&T State University, Greensboro, NC


Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Health Conference with Moderated Panels & Breakfast
Moderator: Sharon Delaney McCloud
Director of Corporate Communications, UNC Health
TEDx Speaker, Emmy Award Winner

Heart & Vascular Hospital Auditorium, UNC Health Rex, Raleigh, NC


Wednesday, September 20, 2023
VIP Reception & Poe Center Annual Meeting

AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture & Design, Raleigh, NC

Moderator (Raleigh Event): Sharon Delaney McCloud, CDE®

As a health advocate, cancer survivor, and bereaved parent, Sharon Delaney McCloud, CDE® moves audiences to action by encouraging their efforts to manage their own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Inspiration, humor, and a practical playbook punctuate Sharon’s keynotes and workshops. She engages people with stories that require self-assessment and then ideas to contemplate long after the program ends.

Sharon spent 25 years as an Emmy Award-winning television journalist covering everything from NASA to health issues to the Super Bowl at stations across the country before launching her leadership development consultancy. From Fortune 500 boardrooms to the green room at Good Morning America to lecture halls of top-tier universities, Sharon is a trusted partner in developing people’s communication prowess with an inclusive lens.

Sharon has been featured in numerous publications, including Sheryl Sandburg’s Option B digital platform, Thrive Global, Enterprising Women, and is co-author of the book, Keep Going, Memoirs of Strength, Courage & Perseverance. She’s also a Certified Diversity Executive, a multi-certified Tilt 365 Consultant, a Maxwell Leadership Speaker, and Six Sigma Certified Green Belt. As a mom of three, Sharon considers that her most important role while riding this roller coaster we call life.

Meet the Experts:

Monday, September 19 – Greensboro Conference:

  • Leigh-Kathryn Bonner – Founder and CEO Bee Downtown, Conference Keynote
  • Don Milholin – Executive Director & President, Co-founder, Out of the Garden Project
  • Amy Pulliam, DHSc., MPH, MCHES – Regional Director, Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative and Health Educator, Poe Center for Health Education
  • Kailey Walker, Senior Health Sciences Major, Greensboro College

Thursday, September 22 – Raleigh Conference:

  • Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, Founder and CEO Bee Downtown, Conference Keynote
  • Pepe Caudillo, Director, Brentwood Boys and Girls Club
  • Denise Hunter, MD, Adolescent Wellness Specialist, CEO and Founder of Wisdomteethinger
  • Diana Massa, RTT, MHA, Vice President Operations, UNC REX Healthcare

Event Sponsors


Host Sponsors


Greensboro College Department of Kinesiology


Poe Center for Health Education


WakeMed Children’s


Diamond Sponsors

UNC Health


Platinum Sponsors

Duke Raleigh Hospital


Gold Sponsors


Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance


Pinnacle Financial Partners


The Strategic Difference


Silver Sponsors


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina


Schell Bray PLLC


Thomas J. Rollins, CPA


Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP


Wyrick Robbins


Bronze Sponsors




CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA)




North State Bank





Friend Sponsors


Atlas Stark Holdings, LLC


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
York Simpson Underwood Realty


City of Oaks Marathon


Jones Insurance Agency, Inc.


Table Sponsors


Williams Realty & Building Co., Inc.


– Trey Adams –


– Amy Amerson –


– Curt Ladig –


– Megan Lumley –


– Mary Willoughby –


Print Sponsor


Joseph C. Woodard Printing Company


VIP Food Sponsor


Empire Eats


Dessert Sponsor


Amoroso’s Bakery


VIP Beverage Sponsor


– Dr. Marilu Thordsen-Velez –

Event Sponsors


Host Sponsors


UNC Health


Poe Center for Health Education