Annual Meeting and Conference – "Bee" the Change: Grow Your Leadership Resilience

September 19, 2022 – September 22, 2022 11:30 am – 7:30 pm

“Bee” the Change: Grow Your Leadership Resilience

This year, the conference will tackle leadership development, resilience, social and emotional learning, and sustainability. Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, Founder and CEO of Bee Downtown and the BDT Leadership Institute will be the keynote speaker. Leigh-Kathryn inspires, motivates, and moves audiences with her unique and captivating storytelling ability. A strong advocate for women, she strives to empower and transform leadership and environmental stewardship in an ever changing global economy.

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.

Leigh-Kathryn has had the honor of being named a Southern Living Southerner of the Year, an Inc. Magazine 30 under 30 2018 Rising Star, and most recently to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. 

As a fourth generation beekeeper, she and her “buzzing” startup are setting the standard for corporate sustainability and employee engagement by installing and maintaining beehives on the campuses of many of the United State’s largest and most well known companies. Leigh-Kathryn shares how the micro actions of bees point toward ways humans can interact with far sweeter outcomes in both a personal and business context.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, September 19, 2022
Luncheon with Keynote Speaker and Health Conference

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mane Stage Conference Room, Royce Reynolds Family Student Life Center
Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC

Hosted by the Greensboro College Department of Kinesiology


Tuesday, September 20, 2022
VIP Reception and Poe Center Annual Meeting (Presentation of Awards)

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Poe Center for Health Education, Raleigh NC


Thursday, September 22, 2022
Breakfast with Keynote Address and Health Conference

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Andrews Conference Center at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC


Hosted by:
WakeMed Children’s
Greensboro College Department of Kinesiology
The Poe Center for Health Education

*Event Safety & Disclaimer Information

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.


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– 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 Safety & Disclaimer Information

Current Protocols:

Masks are required for all attendees of the 9/22/2022 Raleigh Conference at the WakeMed Health and Hospitals Andrews Conference Centers

Masks are optional for all attendees of the 9/19/2022 Greensboro Conference & 9/20/22 VIP Reception.

The health and safety of our community is of paramount importance to the Poe Center for Health Education. We comply with all safety precautions as required by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Human Services and the North Carolina Governor’s Office. In collaboration with our host venues, The Poe Center reserves the right to implement safety practices such as required mask wearing, increased social distancing, etc. for our in-person ticket holders. We will share any safety practices on our website and through email.

COVID-19 WARNING: If you choose to attend an in-person event. Please note : An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By choosing to attend any portion of the Poe Center’s State of Health Conference in person, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please keep each other healthy and safe.

Please note, the Poe Center plans to host these events in a hybrid or all virtually if needed due to COVID-19, other natural disasters, government restrictions, or other unforeseen circumstances. A purchased in-person ticket will automatically be transferred to the virtual event. No refunds will be provided. The Poe Center makes no guarantee that any person who attends will not become infected with COVID-19.

The Poe Center also reserves the right to postpone or cancel the event due to COVID-19, other natural disasters, government restrictions, or other unforeseen circumstances. If postponed, your ticket will be automatically applied to the future event. In the event of a cancellation, the ticket cost will be considered a fully tax-deductible donation to the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education unless otherwise requested on a case by case basis.