Our program archives are a collection of past speakers who have presented to Friends of the Downtown, including representatives of the Town of Chapel Hill and other government agencies, faculty of The University of North Carolina, business owners, and citizens.

See below for a description of our most recent meetings for 2018.

January 25, 2018

Chapel Hill
Friends of the Downtown Meeting

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Coffee at 9:30 | Program at 10:00

Dr. Gerry Bell: Lessons on Leadership


Dr. Gerry Bell is the founder of the Bell Leadership Institute here in Chapel Hill.  His leadership training programs are used by over 5,000 organizations around the world.  Dr. Bell also co-authored The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons From a Life in Coaching with Dean Smith and Roy Williams.  You will not want to miss this valuable presentation or participating in his Q&A session.

This month’s gathering of the Friends of the Downtown will take place on the second floor of the Franklin Hotel. Coffee and conversation begin at 9:30, with our speaker starting promptly at 10 a.m. Meetings are free and open to the public.

The Franklin Hotel, second floor
311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
(919) 442-9000

Free parking below and behind the hotel until noon. For other parking see

Pat Evans, Chair