Goal and Objectives

To provide Leaders with a framework for creative dialogue and meaningful connections


  • To make meaning by facilitating connections among leaders

  • To discover what makes us transformational leaders who excel

  • To understand what motivates engaged leaders to go beyond personal best


  • Be yourself. Let us understand Who You Are, What You Do and Why It Matters

  • Don't sell. You will be able to do business after the event, in private

  • Turn off your phone - Don't text during dinner. You can use the phone away from the table


The Focus is LEADERSHIP and its many facets and expressions.

  • You are the real conversation catalyst, along with the Guest Presenter and everyone else in the room (I believe the collective talent and expertise are the source of our Breakthrough)

  • The aim is to engage in Creative Dialogue:

  • to understand how our experiences converge

  • to enrich perspectives, approaches and strategies that help us lead better.


  • I choose specific topics for us to explore with a profound perspective.

  • I craft Provocative Questions to guide the conversation towards "what works best."

  • We use Games to discover new insights and ideas.

  • You collect Practical Approaches and Tools which you can use in your professional life.

  • You receive everyone's e-mail to connect privately.


TheSircle will evolve into TheSircle International Creativity Project, focusing on
giving a specific purpose to each of the leadership gatherings (dinners, workshops and meetings).

TheSircle will become a Membership Organization to cover costs and provide extraordinary value to its growing audience. There will be specific Sponsorship Opportunities to launch social initiatives based on Creativity, with the participation and leverage of TheSircle members.


  • You will be invited to participate in the Beta Testing of a variety of new offerings that can enhance your life as a leader.

  • You will have access to International Sircle events and the services of TheSircle's associated organizations and partners.

Past Dinners


Thursday, August 29th, 2019
“Stories to Lead By”
Guest Presenter: Jack Grossman, Entrepreneur, Author and Philanthropist

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2019
“Cowboy Up: Recover from Defeat and Succeed”
Guest Presenter: Chaz Seale, CEO of Billie Jean King EyeCoach

Monday, January 14th, 2019
“Transforming Through Collaborative Leadership”
Guest Presenter: Candice Langston, Managing Director, The Lee Institute


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
“Using Big Data Analytics for Social Good”
Guest Presenter: Rishi Bhatnaghar, CEO of Syntelli Solutions

Thursday, September 7, 2017
“Swiss Leadership Wisdom for Entrepreneurs”
Guest Presenter: Prof. Dr. Andres Pfister, ZHAW Switzerland

Thursday, July 6, 2017
“Passionate Entrepreneurship”
Guest Presenter: Mac Lackey

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
“Leading with Significance”
Guest Presenter: Laura Meyer Wellman

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
“Influence: The Power of Great Ideas”
Guest Presenter: Mark Moore, CEO of Mana Nutrition


Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
“Building a Legacy of World Class Service”
Guest Presenter: Timothy Miron, Catering Manager, The Ritz Carlton Charlotte

Monday, August 27th, 2018
“Leading through Mastery and Meaning”
Guest Presenter: Peter Reinhart, International Bread Expert

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
“The Magic of Networking”
Guest Presenter: Cindy Sisson, Marketing/Sales & Networking Expert

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
“Living Creatively”
Guest Presenter: Matt Olin, writer, host of Creative Mornings Charlotte

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
“The 7 Keys of Extraordinary Leadership”
Guest Presenter: Lou Gayoso, International Business Leader

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
“The Magic Within”
Guest Presenter: Hannibal, world-renowned Magician

2011 - 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
"Radical Connectivity: People, Ideas, Action"
Guest Presenter: Mike Watson, Emcee TEDxCharlotte, AIC

Thrusday, October 3, 2013
"Leading through a Theory of H.O.P.E."
Guest Presenter: Jay Jaboneta - Social Entrepreneur

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
"Leadership in North Carolina, then and now"
Guest Presenter: Mary C. Curtis - award-winning journalist 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
"The Power of Entrepreneurial Innovation"
Guest Presenter: Louis Foreman, Founder & CEO of Enventys

Wednesday, June 20, 2013
"Cultural Breakthrough"
Guest Presenter: Astrid Chirinos, President LACC

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
"The Entrepreneur's Search for Meaning"
Guest Presenter: Fabi Preslar, President of SPARK Publications

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
"Beyond Winning: Life Lessons from Sports"
Guest Presenter: Trudi Lacey, WNBA/Executive Coach

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
"Leadership and Community Engagement"
Guest Presenter: Elizabeth Nisbet Miller, Connector 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
"How I lead: Manifest Your Leadership Style"
Facilitated by Carlos Salum  

Thursday, October 8, 2012
"Going Deep Quickly Authentic Trust"
Guest Presenter: Mark Peres, Prof. Johnson & Wales

Thursday, September 27, 2012
"The John Love Experience" (what is it?)
Guest Presenter: John W. Love, Jr. - Interdisciplinary Artist

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
On Leadership: "The Resetting of America"
Guest Presenter: Bruce Fritch, Principal - Fritch Consulting

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
"Fulfilling Your Compelling Vision"
Guest Presenter: Manny Ohonme - Founder, Samaritan's Feet

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - TheGrandSircle
"A Brave New You"  Evolving Brands - Global Impact
Presenters: Tom Morgan - Melanie Buchanan - Carlos Salum

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"Spring Up: Evolving through Challenges"
Guest Presenter: Dr. Sam Santander, MD, MPH

Thursday, February 16, 2012
"Developing Your Philanthropic Vision"
Guest Presenter: Chris McLeod, Philanthropy Advisor 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
"Personal Branding"
Guest Presenter: Melanie Guinn, President of ZGM Brand

Thursday, September 8, 2011
"Inspiring Stories of Personal Achievement"
Guest Presenter: Kenneth Kahn, President, Black Label Advisory

2014 - 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
“Deep Friendships”
Guest Presenter: Roger Baumgarte

Thursday, June 9, 2016
“Making Meaning” 

Saturday, April 30, 2016
VIP Event - TheSircle Olympic Gold Event
U.S. Olympic Swimmers Time Trials and Dinner
Queens University Levine Wellness Center

Thursday, February 18, 2016
"The Most: Living in Joy"

Thursday, January 21, 2016
"Lead with a Story"

Thursday, December 3, 2015
"Purpose Your Big Why"

Thursday, October 29, 2015
"Real Connections"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
"Captivate Your Audience and Get Buy-In"
Guest Presenter: Dianne Chase, partner at C4CS

Thursday, May 21, 2015
"Reinvent Yourself and Lead"
Guest Presenter: Michael Solender - Writer

Thursday, March 19, 2015
"The Sartorial Factor: Dress Your Purpose"
Guest Presenter: William Wilson, CEO, William Wilson Clothing

Thursday, February 19, 2015
"From $0 to $100 Million"
Guest Presenter: Ben Dominitz, Vistage Chair, CEOGuru LLC

Thursday, January 15, 2015
"In Leadership as in Art"
Guest Presenter: Jerald Melberg - The Jerald Melberg Gallery

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
"Leading through Simplicity"
Guest Presenter: Deborah Bosley - The Plain Language Group

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
"Leading through Creativity"
Guest Presenter: Sheila Mullen - McColl Innovation Institute

Thursday, August 21, 2014
"Awakening Your Professional Soul"
Guest Presenter: David Pinkley - The Career Sage

Thursday, July 24, 2014
"Communicating Your Essence"
Guest Presenter: Marcia Merrill - Red Rover Communications

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
"Leadership WISDOM"
Facilitated by Carlos Salum 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
"Charlotte and the Media"
Guest Presenter: Allison Latos - News Anchor WSOCTV-ABC

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
"Fully Engaged Leadership in Action"
Guest Presenter: John Paul Galles, publisher Great Charlotte Biz

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Inaugural Dinner
"Enduring Value Creation"
Presenters: Jim Alexander and Carlos Salum

2010 - ReNEW Interactive Series (5 dinners) - Hodges Taylor Gallery

2009 - Interact Live Series on Leadership (6 dinners) - Interact Studio