Women Leaders Celebrate the Legacy of Robert A. Ingram

Robert A. Ingram, who died in March at age 80, was one of the most important leaders in North Carolina life sciences. His contributions, as CEO of GlaxoWellcome (now GSK), General Partner of Hatteras Venture Partners, founder and chair of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, and as the B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award winner of the National Association of Corporate Directors, demonstrated his unwavering commitment to civic leadership.

Robert A. Ingram

Mr. Ingram also believed in championing the next generation of leaders and took a special interest in identifying and mentoring women, many of whom have gone on to stellar careers in business, government and public service. The program, sponsored by the NCBiotech, pays tribute to this lesser-known aspect of his legacy, featuring some of the women he encouraged to dream big and make a lasting impact.

The program includes the announcement of the first Robert A. Ingram Fellowship in Corporate Governance, selected by the NACD Research Triangle chapter and RTI International.


8:30 a.m.           Registration
9:00 a.m.           Welcome remarks from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center
9:15 a.m.           Panel on Robert Ingram’s Legacy of Promoting Women as Leaders and Corporate Board Members

  • Machelle Sanders, commerce secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Paula Brown Stafford, president and CEO and chair, board of Directors, Novan, Inc.
  • Priya Tandon, founder and chair, IndUS Setu Global Foundation
  • Janet Cowell, CEO, Dix Park Conservancy and former treasurer, State of North Carolina, moderator

10-10:15 a.m.      Presentation of the Robert A. Ingram Fellowship for Excellence in Board Governance
10:15-11 a.m.      Panel on Robert Ingram's Legacy of Servant Leadership 

  • Lola Gershfield, founder and CEO, EMC Leaders
  • Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, director, RTI International 
  • Nandini Tandon, director, MCI Inc. 
  • Nancy Hutson, board chair, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, moderator 

At the conclusion of the program, guests will be invited to share their reflections on Mr. Ingram’s legacy in the Dogwood Room.


The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.


15 T.W. Alexander Dr.
Durham, NC 27709

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