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Tech Council Speaker Series: From Tobacco to Technology

09/13/2016 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


This special Tech Council Speaker Series luncheon celebrates the publication of From Tobacco to Technology by Frank Elliot, a new book about an exciting chapter in the history of Winston-Salem.

During the late 1980s Winston-Salem was gripped in a downward spiral of corporate relocations, mergers, bankruptcies and plant closings that pummeled the city’s self-image and eviscerated its employment base. Amid the procession of dispiriting headlines, a small group of visionaries looked to the future and forged a plan to create a new economic base that would carry Winston-Salem into the 21st Century.

Hear from special guest speakers who will discuss Winston-Salem’s transformation and a vision for the future. Guest speakers include:

Nathan Hatch, President of Wake Forest University
Frank Elliot, Author, From Tobacco to Technology
Vernon George, Principal, George, Henry, George Partners
Michael Alder, Director, Office of Technology Transfer at Brigham Young University
Eric Tomlinson, President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Tickets are $25.00 and include lunch and a copy of From Tobacco to Technology. Register here.


Wake Forest Biotech Place
575 N. Patterson Ave.
Winston-Salem , 27101 United States
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