Meeting February 2020

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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

Sig Hutchinson

Sig Hutchinson

The State of Wake County: Transportation, Affordable Housing, Quality of Life

Sig Hutchinson has been a Commissioner since 2014 and on the front lines of making our county more healthy and livable.

He has been working to make communities healthy and livable for more than two decades. Starting with a career with the Dale Carnegie organization, Sig became an instructor for the Dale Carnegie Sales Course for more than eight years before starting his own company to concentrate on sales consulting and professional speaking.

Later, Sig used his knowledge of communication and public speaking to help transform his community by leading six bond initiatives in Wake County and the City of Raleigh totaling $300 Million Dollars for open space preservation, parks, greenways, transportation, and affordable housing. Sig continues to be active in North Carolina where he sits on numerous boards and most recently ran for the NC State Senate.

Board activities include Prevention Partners; NC Alliance for Health; Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission for the City of Raleigh and former chair of Triangle Transit. Sig also chairs the Open Space & Parks Advisory Committee for Wake County and Board Chair for Advocates for Health in Action. He has also been a driving force behind the creation of more than 200 miles of interconnected greenways as former President of the Triangle Greenways Council.

Sig has been honored as “Tarheel of the Week” by the News & Observer, “Volunteer of the Year” by Wake County, “Green Advocate of the Year” by the Triangle Business Journal, “Top 50 Entrepreneurs in the Triangle” by Business Leader Magazine, a “Goodmon Award“ by Leadership Triangle, the “Citizen’s Award” by the NC Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, “Leadership Award” by WakeUP Wake County, and the A.E. Finley Distinguished Service Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Sig continues his sales consulting and professional speaking career as President of Sig Hutchinson Communications. He has a B.A. from Texas Tech University; M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina, and lives on a greenway in Raleigh, NC with his wife of 32 years Nancy and they have a son who is married and three grandchildren.


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 January 2020

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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

Hallie Johnston
Wegmans Raleigh Store Manager

Hallie Johnston

If you’ve been to Wegmans, you know that Hallie Johnston manages a veritable “city” of food. But, it’s not just food. The magic of Wegmans is it’s people - experts at what they do and happy to be doing it for you as a customer. Hallie says that the magic of Wegmans customer orientation is hiring people who are “excited to make people smile and bring excitement and joy to the work day.”

Hallie relocated to Apex with her family from Rochester, New York to build a team and open the 100th Wegmans store and first in North Carolina. Opening day far exceeded her expectations with over 30,000 people showing up.

Hallie Johnston’s career with Wegmans began when she was 16-years-old in her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. After high school, Johnston participated in the Wegmans management internship program while attending Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. She returned to Wegmans Erie after graduating from college, holding roles in the meat and seafood departments, as perishable manager, and as assistant store manager before becoming store manager. Johnston and her family moved to Raleigh in 2018 to begin building and developing her team of 475 in preparation for the Raleigh store opening.

Wegmans has made a strong and public commitment to the communities it serves and embraces the principles of diversity in the workplace and the LGBTQ employees in it.

Joining Hallie will be her HR Manager, Luella Rasquinha. Join us to learn what makes Wegmans so unique, how it builds such an enthusiastic team, and why it’s been one of the “100 best places to work” for over 20 years (#2 in 2017).


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 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.

Make Dinner Reservations Online

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

Meeting December 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
at David's Dumpling & Noodle Bar!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner

David Dumplings

Click here to visit David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar's website.
David's Dumpling & Noodle Bar, 1900 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
919-239-4536

Join the Raleigh LGBT Chamber of Commerce for our Annual Holiday Dinner Meeting at David's Dumpling & Noodle Bar. Enjoy a networking cocktail hour with appetizers and a fine meal served family style. A cash bar is also available; Beer, Wine, Sake, and non alcoholic beverages.

No Speaker: Holiday Party

Wednesday Wednesday 11th: Walk-in reservations allowed on a first come, first serve basis - $40 reservation fee. (Cash, Credit Card, or Checks accepted at the door)


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.)