The Charlotte Experience

Welcome to the Experience

Hosted by MICROSOFT 

8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, North Carolina 28273

We are excited to meet you, hear you and exchange ideas to energize your desire to advance a human-first culture.
We are thrilled that you care and have joined this global movement.

Kimberly Davis: Best Selling Author of BRAVE LEADERSHIP; Leadership Educator, cultivating confident, authentic, and powerful leaders

An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility, and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership” which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX.  Additionally, Kimberly teaches Authentic Influence and Executive Presence for Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Cox School of Business’ Executive Education Program, and partners with SMU in teaching for the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship program (empowering female leaders from the middle east) and for the National Hispanic Corporate Council.

Kimberly is a TEDx speaker and her new book, Brave Leadership:  Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need, which has been named as the number one book to read in Inc. Magazine’s “The 12 Most Impactful Books to Read in 2018,” with a cover-endorsement by best-selling author Daniel Pink, is available at all on-line and brick-and-mortar bookstores everywhere.

Dr. Melissa Hughes, PhD, President and Founder of The Andrick Group,

Author “Happier Hour with Einstein

Melissa specializes in employee engagement, effective communication strategies, and the unique dynamics of the multi-generational workforce. Having worked with learners from the classroom to the boardroom, she incorporates brain-based research, humor, and practical strategies that impact how we think, learn, communicate, collaborate, and solve problems. Melissa helps educators and leaders apply neuroscience to build intellectual capacity and create a more engaged culture of learning and leadership.

Her second book, “Happier Hour with Einstein: Another Round” is an expansion of the original book, “Happy Hour with Einstein,” designed to illuminate those factors which impede or enhance learning, creativity, communication and collaboration for greater understanding of how the brain works and how to make it work better. Happier Hour with Einstein is a fascinating collection of neuroscientific discoveries and studies that explain how the human brain manages our experiences, knowledge, emotions, decisions, achievements, and failures which shape the mental models we create for ourselves and the world around us.Why do we make irrational decisions or jump to illogical conclusions? Why do some people avoid challenges while others embrace them? Why does rejection hurt so much?Why does laughter feel so good?How does failure make us smarter?Why are optimists more successful than pessimists?Armed with advanced technology, scientists have discovered the answers to these questions and additional explanations about how we learn and think.

Mike Vacanti: CEO Advisor, Leadership & Culture Transformation Catalyst, Speaker, Author, Founder #HumansFirst Club

Mike believes, “It’s more than what we accomplish – it’s who we become along the journey!”
His mission is to help people discover their potential, embrace a growth mindset and achieve at inspired levels. Accelerating dramatic growth as a Team Performance Catalyst and Consultant for Strategic Innovation, Mike has transformed businesses and inspired people to perform at levels they didn’t think possible.
Following many years in advertising and marketing, He launched early stage start-ups & led M&A initiatives for publicly traded tech companies. Five-times he was thrust into the chaos of transformation and helped people navigate the doubt and fear of significant change. His teams exceeded expectations, consistently beat the challenge, learned a lot and had some fun.
These experiences sparked his passion for consulting, bringing the concept of “Genuine Talent” and “Believership” to people with the “I AM TEAM” program, to:


Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq: Attorney, Author, Advisor, Leadership Development and Organizational Performance Management

I am the author of ‘Poised for Excellence: Fundamental Principles of Effective Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond’ (Palgrave Macmillan)–a provocative guidebook on leadership effectiveness.

As a seasoned attorney, author, international keynote speaker, expert facilitator, complex communication consultant, and strategic leadership and management advisor, I have a proven track record for helping clients to raise the bar on achievement. I speak regularly before global audiences and provide unique insights that drive results. My shrewd ability to identify nuances helps clients to:

➢ Establish credibility
➢ Leverage expertise and
➢ Build polished and powerful professional brands

With over two decades of multi-faceted legal, academic, corporate, and executive development experience, I have developed an extremely keen eye for the ‘devil in the details’ and am highly skilled at helping clients to leverage skills and talent across industries.

Teaching clients to cultivate their Executive Celebrity™, I create specialized content for individuals and organizations using the principles, practices, and strategies that yield measurable results.