Meeting May 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

The Honorable Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro

Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro

Fifty Years after Stonewall:
Reflections on the Gay Rights Movement

Many credit the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in New York City the night of June 28, 1969 as the start of the modern gay rights movement. Mayor Lydia Lavelle will discuss the history of this movement over the past five decades, as well as important litigation that occurred during this time. Mayor Lavelle will close with comments on the current state of the movement, highlighting challenges the LGBTQ+ community still faces.


Lydia Lavelle, born in Athens, Ohio, has a bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews University, a master’s degree in parks and recreation administration from North Carolina State University, and a law degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, where she currently works as a law professor. After being elected to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen twice, she was first elected as mayor of Carrboro in November of 2013 and is now serving in her third term. Lydia has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, the Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Group, and the Orange County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.

AT NCCU School of Law, courses she has taught include State and Local Governmental Law, Sexual Identity and the Law, and Transgender Rights and Social Justice. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the National Gay and Lesbian Bar. She also is a former president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and serves as the faculty advisor at NCCU to the Women’s Law Caucus and Outlaw Alliance student organizations.

Lydia is honored to serve as mayor of Carrboro, and believes the town is one of the most progressive and forward-thinking communities in North Carolina. Lydia is especially proud of her town’s numerous human rights resolutions, support for human service agencies, and willingness to improve underserved communities.

Lydia and her wife, Alicia Stemper, have two adult children.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard 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.

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Meeting April 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Kendra R. Johnson

Kendra Johnson

Using Your Power to Make Difference

Kendra R. Johnson joined Equality North Carolina in May 2018. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she previously worked to advance fairness and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people right as the State Director for the Human Rights Campaign. In her work to promote equity, Kendra has focused on building a better, more equitable South that is strengthened by diversity, safe schools, inclusive institutions, and welcoming communities.

Kendra has been a lifelong volunteer and activist, including founding the first lesbian/bi-sexual support group at Spelman College in the 90s and volunteering communications services for Brazil’s first historically black college. She currently serves as the Board Chair for Southerners on New Ground (SONG), the largest grassroots LGBTQ organization in the South.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard 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.

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Meeting March 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Cassandra Deck-Brown

Cassandra Deck-Brown, Raleigh Chief of Police

A View From the Top: The Challenges of Policing in Raleigh and RPD Community Outreach

Cassandra Deck-Brown, Raleigh’s Chief of Police, will be touching on each of these topics: LGBTQ outreach activities in the Raleigh Police Department, the changing challenges of policing in Raleigh, the Chief’s personal story of the ascension to her position, and conflicts between the needs of the police force, the needs of citizens, and the work needed to reconcile them.

Chief Deck-Brown was selected in February 2013 to lead the 42nd largest police department in the US; the Raleigh Police Department. Becoming Chief capped a departmental career that began shortly after she graduated from East Carolina University in 1987. She prepared herself for the opportunities and the challenges of her current position by earning a master’s degree in public administration from N.C. State University, completing the U.S. Department of Justice FBI National Executive Institute, and career development studies in various programs. Today, she leads a $105 million, 21st century law enforcement agency of more than 800 sworn and 200+ non-sworn employees and volunteers.

While navigating her way through the RPD ranks, Chief Deck-Brown was also a trailblazer. She was often the first woman or the first African-American in the Department to assume a role or obtain a rank. Her achievements have also been acknowledged outside the Raleigh Police Department. In 2014, Chief-Deck Brown received the Wake-Wendell NAACP Humanitarian Award. She has also been recognized by numerous prestigious professional, educational, and community organizations.

Among her many nationally modeled initiatives, her deep belief in the power of community engagement and collaboration led her to create a position of trauma counselor for victims of violence and their families, making the Raleigh Police Department one of the only law enforcement agencies in the country to provide such a service to the public at no cost. Also, she is currently overseeing the building of a new state-of-the-art training academy.

She is a much sought-after local and national speaker. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from one of Raleigh’s most important leaders.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard 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.

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Meeting February 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Jessica N. Holmes, Chair, Wake County Commissioners

Jessica N. Holmes:
A New Day, Changes and Challenges

Wake County Commission Chair Jessica N. Holmes will give us a brief overview of the commission’s roles and responsibilities and discussion of the board’s current priorities.

In November 2014, Ms. Holmes became the youngest commissioner ever elected in Wake County’s history.

She was re-elected to a second term as a commissioner and as chair of the board in November 2018 making her the youngest person to ever wield the gavel and one of a few women to do so in Wake County’s history. She represents over one million constituents as an at-large representative helping to manage a 1.2 billion dollar budget and an almost 4,000 person staff.

Wake County recognized last June as LGBT Pride Month.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard 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.

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