Catawba Valley Community College students Brittany Reed and Jennifer Eversole participated in the 30thannual Emerging Issues Forum held in Raleigh last month. The Institute for Emerging Issues brings people together around complex issues in pursuit of a single goal: to ensure North Carolina’s future competitiveness.
Reed was a member of CVCC’s 2014 National Champion SkillsUSA Entrepreneurship Team. Eversole is president of CVCC’s SkillsUSA chapter and won the Most Outstanding Chapter Award during the 2014 SkillsUSA National Competition.
The conference focused on the importance of a community’s “civic health” to drive innovation. Nationally reputed speakers included Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering for Google; John A. Allison, president and CEO of the Cato Corporation; Scott Case, founding CTO of Priceline; and Jim Goodnight, CEO and co-founder of SAS, and many others.
Reed and Eversole participated in hands-on Innovation Labs where they focused on creatively solving community problems by using civic involvement in small groups. In other sessions, they were paired with business and civic leaders to discuss conference topics.