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Carole Albright

Managing Partner

Law Firm Carolinas

Carole R. Albright, a certified Parliamentarian, is the Managing Partner at Law Firm Carolinas and has been practicing law in North Carolina for more than 25 years.  She is a graduate of Wake Forest Law School and a certified family law specialist.  She has also taught legal research and writing and family law at Wake Forest Law School and serves on the Board for Noble Academy in Greensboro.  She has served as parliamentarian for several teachers’ associations across the U.S. and enjoys her work with ethics panels for the Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association.  She is married and has 2 sons who are currently attending college.

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Tom Morris

Chairman and CEO

Morris Institute for Human Values

For fifteen years, Tom Morris was Notre Dame’s most popular professor, often having in class one eighth of the entire student body. He now lives in Wilmington, NC where he is Chairman and CEO of the Morris Institute for Human Values and serves many of the world’s top companies as a public philosopher, having given over 1,200 presentations in the US and globally. He is a highly regarded expert on success, change, innovation, partnership, and world wisdom.

Tom is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He holds a double PhD from Yale University, and has won many awards in the academic world, including additional honorary doctorates and the University of North Carolina’s Distinguished Young Alumnus award, an honor he shares with former basketball great, Michael Jordan.

Tom is the author of 30 published books and counting. His widely acclaimed 12th book, True Success, launched him into a new role as america’s most active public philosopher dealing with issues of success and creative growth.  His next book, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, followed up with advice from ancient thinkers linking happiness and excellence. His more recent books include The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living, and that extremely popular, big yellow book often seen in college dorms the night before final exams, Philosophy for Dummies.  More recent books include Superheroes and Philosophy, where Plato and Aristotle finally meet Superman and Batman, the business bestseller, If Harry Potter Ran General Electric, a book on the philosophy behind the extraordinary success of Steve Jobs called Socrates in Silicon Valley, and eight new novels launched by The Oasis Within and The Golden Palace that have been collectively described as “The Alchemist Meets Harry Potter Meets Indiana Jones” and have been huge hits with Tom’s business audiences. His newest nonfiction business and personal book is about difficulty and delight, and is now available in case life hands you any more of its plentiful lemons, is called Plato’s Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change into Something Great. Finally, his little book The Everyday Patriot: How to be a Great American Now is inspiring people everywhere to renewed faith in our country’s future.

A former rock and roll guitarist in his younger days, Tom has appeared in network tv commercials as the national spokesman for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, a most philosophical bear, and has shared his wisdom on national television with such unlikely philosophy students as the late Regis Philbin on ABC, and the hosts of the NBC Today Show. His work has also been covered by CNBC, CNN, NPR, and such other news outlets as The New York Times, USAToday, Newsweek, and The Economist, as well as various European newspapers and magazines. He’s been called the world’s happiest philosopher. Wherever he goes, Tom brings the wisdom of the ages into the challenges of everyday life with high energy and good humor.

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Thomas Suit

Mr. Thomas Suit is an honorably retired veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces having served a combined 27 years, six as a Marine, and 21 as a member of the Navy’s Special Warfare Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) teams.

Upon retiring from active duty he continued his service as a civilian in the in Naval Intelligence community for an additional 10 years.  He, initially served as a senior intelligence analyst, and culminated his career as the Executive Director of the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI).

Mr. Suit’s is a 2003 graduate of the National Intelligence University (formerly the Joint Military Intelligence College) having earned his Master of Science Degree in Strategic Intelligence. His preceding education includes a BS in Workforce Education Training and Development. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society (LDS) program, and the Naval Post Graduate School’s Navy Senior Leader Seminar program.

Mr. Suit is a recipient of the Navy’s superior civilian service award, and while serving actively was the recipient of the Navy’s Peter Tomich award for distinguished leadership.

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