Speaker Date Topic
Rob Christensen Dec 16, 2019
The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys
The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys

Rob Christensen wrote about North Carolina politics for The News and Observer for 45 years before retiring in December. He has appeared as an analyst on more than 600 TV and radio programs including CBS Evening News, ABC's Nightline, CNN's Inside Politics, MSNBC's Chris Matthew program, Fox News, NPR and the BBC.

In 2008, his book, The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics was named the best work of fiction by a North Carolinian by the N.C. Literary and History Society. His latest book, The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys, was published by UNC Press in May. He is currently working on a history of the Daniels Family and The News and Observer.


Sara Glines, News & Observer Publisher Jan 06, 2020
Newspapers Today and in the Future
Newspapers Today and in the Future
Sara Glines is president and publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC as well as Regional Publisher for McClatchy's 13 media outlets in the East, including the Miami Herald, and the Charlotte Observer. She oversees operations in Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.
She came to the Triangle in September 2016 after years as regional publisher with both Gannett and Digital First Media. She was also president & publisher of the York Daily Record from 2012 to 2016.
She has been an industry leader in transformational change most particularly in moving newspapers and magazines into the digital world to meet the ever-changing needs of the audience and the businesses they serve. Sara has led digital operations for the Journal Register Company, which at the time owned 23 daily and 200 plus non-daily newspapers. She previously worked in the magazine industry at Hachette Filipacchi where she transitioned brands such as Car & Driver, Road & Track, and Woman’s Day to the digital world. In addition, she was in charge of moving Elle.com from its Paris headquarters to New York.
Sara started her career in the newsroom of the San Francisco Examiner and held several editorships before moving to operations and sales.
Sara lives with her husband John in Cary, NC.
Tim Murray, CEO Aware Senior Care/Cary Rotary Jan 27, 2020
Home Care: Dealing with Resistance

CEO and Co-Founder of Aware Senior Care Managing and leading the business aspects of Aware Senior Care, Tim is an alumnus of the Villanova University School of Engineering. He served our country as a U.S. Navy Submarine Officer, and spent much of his career as an executive in the technology industry.

His vision for an in-home care organization stems from the struggles following his own father’s stroke and time in a nursing facility. That experience led Tim to ensure his mother could stay in her home, despite difficulties with memory loss and household maintenance. Tim’s intimate understanding of the stresses of a loved one’s need for independence makes him uniquely qualified to recruit only the best caregivers and manage the day-to-day operations at Aware Senior Care.

Since starting Aware with his wife and RN Director Gina Murray in October of 2014, the company is currently the most awarded and reviewed home care agency in the Triangle achieving Home Care Pulse’s highest award as a 2019 Leadership recipient along with best home care from Senioradvisor.com as well as earning a caring star as best home care from caring.com. Tim is currently a board member of the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina and a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.

Links to other speaker-related info: https://awareseniorcare.com/aware-senior-care-blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/awareseniorcare/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/murraytim/

Dr. Scott Rawls, President Wake Tech Feb 10, 2020