Tony Laffoley is a Program Director in Executive Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. In this capacity, Laffoley works with mainly Fortune 500 companies to design and deliver leadership development programs that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the population and the organization. Laffoley joined UNC Kenan-Flagler in 2011 from Alliance One International having spent eight years leading the Global Organizational Development function, operating in countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. In that time, Laffoley led the Change Management function in the merger that formed Alliance One, and in the successful implementation of SAP across 12 countries. He also helped the company establish a company-wide human capital function and was part of the team that created the company’s first leadership development program. Originally from England, Laffoley graduated from Barton College with a BSc. in psychology. He is a certified coach in the Human Patterns personality inventory and currently sits on the board of the Raleigh/Durham Chapter of American Psychological Type.
Kristin Murphy has worked as both an independent consultant and marketing professional and has held roles specific to change management and leadership development, sales training, strategic planning and market research. While employed at Nortel Networks, Dr. Murphy led the change management program associated with a major business model and product development transition. She also served as the expert consultant to the executive board of Nortel’s $3B Optical Network business and led the development of company-wide executive strategy and innovation sessions. Dr. Murphy was selected for Nortel’s high-potential leadership program which led to her transition to senior-line management positions in strategic marketing and planning. She joined SAS in 2006 to establish a new department focused on strategic marketing research and competitive intelligence. In 2015, Dr. Murphy became Associate Director for Organization Development at PAREXEL, and since 2017 she has been Vice President for Market Strategy and Research at Ellucian. Dr. Murphy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University, studied at Universität Freiburg and has a M.S. and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Psychology. In addition to her membership on the Park Advisory Board, Dr. Murphy also serves on the Advisory Board for the NC State Poole College of Management Executive Education program.
Rhonda Sutton is a licensed professional counselor in the state of North Carolina, with over 20 years’ experience as a counselor and over 14 years’ of administration experience, mostly within higher education settings. She began her counseling career as a peer counselor at the Wake County Women’s Center in 1988. Since that time, she has both owned and worked in private counseling practices, providing services for both professional and personal development. Dr. Sutton has extensive work experience in university settings as an assistant vice provost, a director, a counselor, an organizational development leader and an adjunct professor. She is currently Director of College Leadership Programs at North Carolina State University. Dr. Sutton received her B.S. in business administration from Appalachian State University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in counselor education from NC State University.
Melissa Bostrom is assistant dean for graduate student professional development in The Graduate School at Duke. She is co-PI on The Graduate School's Duke OPTIONS project, funded by the Council of Graduate Schools ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education. Bostrom has been invited to speak regionally as well as nationally on graduate student professional development and is a member of the Graduate Career Consortium. In her previous position as director of graduate academic and professional development at North Carolina State University, Bostrom co-created the Graduate Leadership Development Series (GLDS) with Dr. Lanny Hass, Eleanor Stell, and Dr. Rhonda Sutton. Originally funded through a grant from the Procter & Gamble Higher Education Foundation, the GLDS program served graduate students at NC State from 2010 to 2013. The Emerging Leaders Institute at Duke grew out of the GLDS program. Bostrom has spent two decades working in higher education, including serving as assistant professor of management and corporate communication at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and teaching in the English departments of UNC and NC State. She has also worked in corporate human resources and technical recruiting. She received her BA in English and psychology from Denison University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UNC.