CCLI Board Members

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Eric WatsonEric Watson, President & CEO, Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council and former Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Delhaize America

Watson is the former Vice President of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for Delhaize America. Watson has more than 30 years of experience in operations management and diversity. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for, The Diversity Forum, Executive Leadership Council, University of North Carolina-Center for International Understanding, and Lead Partner of the UNC-Chapel Hill Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Corporate Advisory Partners Group. Watson has developed strategies to impact business success by creating a vision to manage diversity, designing leadership mentoring programs to promote diversity and establishing an accountability system for business diversity. Watson has been a keynote speaker, participated on panels, and given lectures on diversity recruiting and talent acquisition, mentoring, diversity and inclusion business case and strategy, cultural competence, African Americans and Hispanics in the workplace, and supplier diversity. Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C.

Rick AnisettiRick Anicetti, Founder and President From One To Many Leadership Consulting LLC, and former CEO of Delhaize America (parent company for the well-known leading grocery chain Food Lion)

Anicetti has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the food retail business. Mr. Anicetti began his food industry career at Hannaford Brothers Co. in 1980. He held a progression of roles of increasing responsibility and ultimately served as Head of the southeastern operations of Hannaford. Mr. Anicetti served as the Chief Operating Officer of Food Lion since joining it in August 2000. Anicetti serves as a Director of the Food Bank of North Carolina, the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, North Carolina Chamber, the North Carolina Food Dealers Association, and the Food Bank of Metrolina. He has been a Director of 99¢ Only Stores since May 2012. He serves as a Director of Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. He has been a Member of the USA Advisory Board at Brambles Limited since June 27, 2011. He served as President of the North Carolina Food Dealers Association. Anicetti earned his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine amd his Master’s degree in Political Science from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

judith coneJudith Cone, UNC Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; former Vice President of Emerging Strategies at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Cone leads efforts to strengthen a university-wide culture of innovation and entrepreneurship so that Carolina is a place where innovators thrive. Before coming to Carolina, Cone served as vice president of emerging strategies and entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, capping a 15-year career with the foundation. During her tenure, Cone led many of the foundation’s signature education and entrepreneurship initiatives and programs, including FastTrac, a business start-up training program that has been used worldwide by millions of entrepreneurs; an award-winning Web resource for entrepreneurs; and the Kauffman Campuses Initiative, which has transformed the culture on university campuses by making entrepreneurship education accessible to students and faculty across all fields of study. For the previous 12 years, Cone co-founded and led two management consulting firms serving Fortune 500 clients. Her first career was as a learning disabilities teacher working with disadvantaged children, where she experienced first-hand the pervasive and devastating effects of poverty on children and families. Cone writes and lectures nationally and internationally on entrepreneurship and innovation.

johnson_jamesJames H. Johnson Jr., Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler

Johnson is widely quoted in national media and appears on national network news programs. Fast Company magazine named Johnson one of the “17 brightest thinkers and doers in the new world of work.” His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues. Johnson examines the causes and consequences of growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects socially and economically disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development; interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies; and business demography and workforce diversity issues.Currently he is researching the economic and employment impact of white collar job shifts offshore on U.S. competitiveness. He has published more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs and has co-edited four theme issues of scholarly journals on these and related topics. He received his PhD from Michigan State University, his MS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his BS from North Carolina Central University.

Polly Mitchell guthriePolly Mitchell-Guthrie, Advanced Analytics Customer Liaison at SAS and former Director, Global Academic Programs at SAS

At SAS for 12 years, Mitchell-Guthrie has held a variety of roles in finance and alliances, and most recently ran the Global Academic Program. She has a BA and MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



ancella liversDr. Ancella Livers, Senior Faculty at The Center for Creative Leadership and former Executive Director for Leadership Development and Research at The Executive Leadership Council

Livers is the Senior Faculty member on the Design and Delivery team at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), working with clients on gaining clarity around their leadership needs and creating dynamic solutions to meet those needs. She is a skilled leadership development professional. For 12 years, Ancella worked at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) where she held a number of leadership roles including global director of open enrollment programs, global program manager of CCL’s flagship offering the Leadership Development Program (LDP®) and program manager of several other programs including the Foundations of Leadership, the African-American program and the Women’s Leadership program. She has deep expertise on diversity issues, particularly those focusing on African Americans and women.She co-authored the book Leading in Black and White: Working Across the Racial Divide in Corporate America and of the HBR article “Dear White Boss.” A contributing writer of “Coaching People of Color,” she also wrote the essay “Black Women in Management” published in Vol.1 of the three volume set of Gender, Race, & Ethnicity in the Workplace. Livers holds a bachelor of science in Mass Communications from Hampton Institute, a master of science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a master of arts and Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon.

brian_worrellBrian Worrell, Vice President, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, GE

Brian Worrell has been vice president, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis since January, 2011. Prior to his current role, Mr. Worrell was vice president of the GE Corporate Audit Staff from January, 2006, to December, 2010. He led a team of 750 people responsible for ensuring financial statement integrity, controllership, compliance and best practices throughout the company. Mr. Worrell has worked on five continents and multiple businesses during his tenure with GE. He began in 1992 as a member of the Financial Management Program in Louisville, Kentucky and Peterborough, England, after which he joined the Corporate Audit Staff. In 1997, he joined GE Healthcare, where he served as product line and supply chain finance manager as well as global financial planning and analysis leader. He served as chief financial officer for Healthcare Monitoring and IT, and in 2003 he joined GE’s Oil & Gas business in Florence, Italy, where he served as chief financial officer. Mr. Worrell is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with an honors degree in economics.

„„dennisDennis Brennan, Principal, Dennis Brennan Consulting and Diversity Expert-in-Residence, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, UNC

Brennan has been a professional in human resources and diversity leadership and motivation for over 30 years.  His expertise and emphasis is on the strategic identification and development of diverse talent. He is the former Director of Inclusion on McDonald’s Corporations’ Global Inclusion and Intercultural Management team. His responsibilities include coaching and consulting Home Office and Region leaders on multicultural team management; coaching and consulting leadership teams for a more inclusive workplace; coaching and consulting McDonald’s five National Employee Business Network leaders on building more viable and visible networks; and oversight of McDonald’s Global employee online Mentoring program for 10,000+ employees. Additionally, Dennis is nationally recognized for his expertise in honoring and integrating ethnic differences into the workplace for mutual benefit and has produced the diversity awareness seminar “Value Difference Day.”  He is “Life Certified” as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute; and he is a polished facilitator with many different Diversity education programs.