Virtual Meeting November 2020

Join us on Zoom for a Virtual Meeting on
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
at 7:00 PM EST!


Zalman Raffael
Artistic Director/CEO – Carolina Ballet
Zalman Raffael

Directing & Managing a Performance Arts Company in a Time of Social Distancing

Zalman Raffael, familiarly known as Zali, grew up in New York City. At age 8, he began studying at the School of American Ballet under the guidance of Olga Kostritzky. During this time, Zali had the opportunity to perform with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, furthering his knowledge of the theater. At age 13 he choreographed his first piece for the School of American Ballet Choreographic Workshop. As a teenager, Zali worked with choreographers prominent at that time.

Zali was promoted to Carolina Ballet’s first Resident Choreographer and has created over 30 ballets for the company.

In 2018, Zali initiated opening the School of Carolina Ballet and after becoming Carolina Ballet’s Artistic Director/CEO in 2019, he continues to elevate Carolina Ballet through his innovative vision.

Because we are limited to 100 people at the Zoom meeting, we recommend advance registration.

The Zoom meeting will open 15 to 20 minutes early to let people socialize and network.
This event is FREE!

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(Note: You do not need a PayPal account to make reservations. They are FREE!)

Virtual Business Roundtable November 2020

Virtual Business Roundtable 2020

Next Event: November 4, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

Were you able to join last month’s RBPN Virtual Business Roundtable? If so, we hope you enjoyed hearing from such a diverse group of experts sharing their unique knowledge and fascinating insights. If not, don’t worry — there’s another one just around the corner!

Similar to our September roundtable, the upcoming event will be done via Zoom and will feature a variety of panelists representing a broad array of industries. Each of the nine panelists will have five minutes in which to share their information, with a little time at the end for general Q&A.

The panel will consist of the following individuals and touch on the following topics:

Finance, Banking, and Therapy! Oh my!

  • Lorraine Johnson - Navigating difficult economic times
  • Sybil Harris - Business Banking
  • Jason Luk - Personal Banking
  • Lisa Allred - Stress Management

What We Do!

  • Angela Haas - Family Law FAQs
  • Benjamin Whitehurst - Sleep Coaching
  • Saima Cardwell - Supplier Diversity

Views on Government

  • Andrew Terrell - From NC to Japan to Peru to UK to DC and back!
  • Stan Kimer - Day After Election Day – Going Forward the Next Four Years

We’d love to have you join us as a panelist or as an attendee! In either case, you can register at this link:

If you would like to be a panelist, please submit your response via registering by October 23rd; if you would like to listen in as an attendee, be sure to register by October 30th.

We look forward to what promises to be another wonderful time together and hope you can join us!

-RBPN Board of Directors

Interested in being a panelist, but not sure what to discuss? Here are some ideas to help jumpstart your brainstorming process:
  • What do you wish others knew about your work?
  • What top three myths can you dispel about your industry?
  • From the standpoint of your work, what actions can people proactively take to improve their current life or future state?
  • What unique engagement opportunities exist right now for business owners in the Triangle?
  • How are businesses effectively reaching their customers and maintaining revenue?
  • What technologies beyond Zoom are businesses using to remain connected with their employees and clients?
  • What are some ways business owners have partnered with other businesses to yield positive results for both parties?
  • What community resources exist and have been successfully used by business owners in the Triangle to alleviate the COVID-related impact?
  • How are companies keeping their employees engaged?
  • What is being done to retain company culture for those working remotely?
  • How can the greater LGBTQ community help local LGBTQ-owned businesses, beyond purchasing goods/services?

Virtual Meeting October 2020

Join us on Zoom for a Virtual Meeting on
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
at 7:00 PM EDT!


OutSouth Queer Film Festival 2020

OutSouth Queer Film Festival 2020


Speakers: Monique Velasquez & Chuck Wheeler

See previews of the OutSouth Queer Film Festival! Learn how this year's Festival will take place in our Covid world. Hear insider information about the Carolina Theatre.

Because we are limited to 100 people at the Zoom meeting, we recommend advance registration.

The Zoom Link will be on the "receipt" that is emailed to you when you Register. But this event is FREE!

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Meeting March 2020

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, March 11, 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

Charles Phaneuf

Charles Phaneuf

Backstage at the Arts Council

Charles Phaneuf is a Raleigh native with a passion for arts and their role in community development. He returned to the area to become Executive Director of Raleigh Little Theatre in January 2012.

Previously, he was Managing Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, a multi-disciplinary performing arts center located outside of Washington, DC, and Associate Managing Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company during the expansion into the Harman Center of the Arts. Charles was named to the Triangle Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2014, and serves on the board of the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation, chairing the Arts, Recreation & Cultural committee, and the Friends of the Gregg Museum at North Carolina State University, as secretary/treasurer.

In his free time, he plays music and can be found playing the saxophone and clarinet in local jazz clubs and occasionally subbing with the North Carolina Symphony.

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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