Three leaders with extensive experience in the arts, policy and charitable foundations will discuss their career paths and share advice with graduate students on defining professional goals at a Feb. 20 event.

The 5 p.m. panel discussion, the first installment in a planned “Day in the Life” series, is sponsored by The Graduate School, Innovate Carolina and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill. Guest panelists will be:

  • Gerald “Jerry” Bolas, who served as executive director of the Office of Raleigh Arts from 2011 through 2016. Prior to 2011, he directed three museums: the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Portland Art Museum in Oregon and the Gallery of Art at Washington University in St. Louis (now the Kemper Art Museum).
  • John Hardin, executive director for the N.C. Board of Science, Technology and Innovation. The board advises the North Carolina Governor, General Assembly, Secretary of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on the role of science, technology and innovation in the state’s economic growth and development.
  • Joy Vermillion Heinsohn, assistant director for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a statewide private family foundation that has invested more than $553 million into North Carolina. Heinsohn is responsible for managing the foundation’s strategic assessment and planning process.

The location will be the University Room of Hyde Hall, and a networking reception will follow the panel discussion.
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The idea for this event and other “Day in the Life” events came out of discussions related to The Graduate School’s Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals, said Heidi Harkins, a member of the certificate program’s advisory committee and executive director of the Professional Science Master’s programs at UNC-Chapel Hill. The certificate offers graduate students the opportunity to gain skills in communications, leadership, project management, financial accounting and other professional areas to complement their knowledge within their academic fields.

“Our upcoming event is an excellent opportunity for students to hear from leaders in diverse fields on the knowledge that helped them succeed as directors – and to ask their own questions. We are very grateful to our panelists for sharing their knowledge and insights with us,” said Harkins.

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