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


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

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

2014 - 2016

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

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
“Making Meaning”

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
"Real Connections"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
"Leadership WISDOM"
Guest Presenter: Carlos Salum - Salum International Resources

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

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

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"
Provocateur: Carlos Salum, Founder, TheSircle 

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

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