Meeting November 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
at Cantina 18 in Cameron Village!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

Cantina 18 at Cameron Village

Click here to visit Cantina 18's website.
Cantina 18, 433 Daniels Street, Raleigh NC 27605
919-835-9911

Ira David Wood III

Ira David Wood III

Bare Boards and a Passion

Ira David Wood III is an American actor, author, singer, theater director and playwright. He is the Executive Director of Theatre in the Park, a community theatre company in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wood was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and was raised in the town of Enfield, North Carolina.

He is Founder and currently Executive Director of Theatre in The Park, located in Pullen Park. He wrote and directed the Opening Ceremonies for the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1987 – the largest single athletic event in the history of North Carolina.

Wood has also authored A Lover’s Guide to The Outer Banks and Confessions of An Elf.

In 2013, Wood became Artistic Director for the North Carolina outdoor drama The Lost Colony, winning a Tony award for Excellence in Theater. He still serves in that capacity during the summer months.

In Raleigh, he is best known and loved for annually portraying the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in his own musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol which celebrated its 38th year of production this past holiday season. With three international tours to its credit, and having played to over two million people, the production is now cited as “... one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theater history.”


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour in the spacious upper floor of Cantina 18. Then, Cantina 18 will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.


Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advance registration.

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Meeting October 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
at Cantina 18 in Cameron Village!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

Cantina 18 at Cameron Village

Click here to visit Cantina 18's website.
Cantina 18, 433 Daniels Street, Raleigh NC 27605
919-835-9911

Michelle Zechmann

Michelle Zechmann

Haven House Youth Crisis Shelter Services

CEO Michelle Zechmann will share a history of Haven House Service, including Wren House, the only youth crisis shelter in our area. Learn how they are helping to provide community-based services to at-risk youth and their families in Wake County. They work LGBTQ youth homelessness and providing safe places for youth in crisis.

Michelle has been Chief Executive Officer of Haven House Services since September 2009. In this role she directs, coordinates, and manages all operational and fiscal aspects of Haven House Services. Previous to this she was the Director of Quality Management and Program Development at The Durham Center, a mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities management agency. She has experience working for the last 20 years in both the mental health and the criminal justice fields.

Michelle and her wife (also named Michelle 😊) and their four kids live in Durham.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour in the spacious upper floor of Cantina 18. Then, Cantina 18 will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.


Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advance registration.

Make Dinner Reservations Online

(Note: You do not need a PayPal account to make reservations.)

Meeting September 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
at Cantina 18 in Cameron Village!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

Cantina 18 at Cameron Village

Click here to visit Cantina 18's website.
Cantina 18, 433 Daniels Street, Raleigh NC 27605
919-835-9911

Representative Allison Dahle

Allison Dahle

What it's like to be an Out NC Legislator and Stories of Constituency

Representative Allison Dahle is a proud Raleigh native and one of the newest representatives in the North Carolina House for District 11, working for Cary and parts of Southwest Raleigh. Allison lives in Raleigh with her wife, Lou and their two dogs, Ollie and Fritz.

Allison was elected in November 2018 and enjoys working for all North Carolinians in the General Assembly. In the State House, Allison currently serves on four committees and looks forward to working to keep our students safe, respecting our public school teachers, protecting our environment and natural resources, and achieving equality and equal justice for all people in North Carolina.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour in the spacious upper floor of Cantina 18. Then, Cantina 18 will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.


Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advance registration.

Make Dinner Reservations Online

(Note: You do not need a PayPal account to make reservations.)

Meeting August 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
at Cantina 18 in Cameron Village!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

Cantina 18 at Cameron Village

Click here to visit Cantina 18's website.
Cantina 18, 433 Daniels Street, Raleigh NC 27605
919-835-9911

Wendy Gates Corbett

Wendy Gates Corbett

Seven Simple Secrets for Making Yourself Memorable (in a Good Way)

Whether we’re talking with a colleague, meeting with a prospect, or speaking in front of an audience, we’re always presenting ourselves. What kind of impression are we making? Using practical, real-life examples, this fast-paced presentation shares seven verbal, body, and slide language secrets that you can use tomorrow to amplify your ability to influence and be memorable in the way you want.

Presentation consultant, Wendy Gates Corbett will help us choose and use the right words to influence our audience, learn body language that conveys a confident, commanding presence, and see strategies for creating engaging (and not wordy) presentation slides.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, Cantina 18 will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

Make Dinner Reservations Online

(Note: You do not need a PayPal account to make reservations.)