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Bell Leadership Offers Two Internships to UNC Students

Bell Leadership Institute, a recognized leader in executive education and development, this week offered two paid summer internships to undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The Bell Leadership team welcomes Mimi Shim, a rising senior at UNC Kenan Flagler Business School studying Corporate Finance, and Samantha Pompeo, a rising junior at UNC with a focus on Political Science and Chinese.  The internships provide hands-on training at Bell Leadership to promising undergraduate students from any of the North Carolina higher-education institutions. By creating these opportunities, Bell Leadership’s goal is to promote leadership and to inspire students to pursue careers in their

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Dr. Gerald D. Bell Delivers Keynote at Butterball’s 2014 National Sales Meeting

Dr. Gerald D. Bell delivers keynote at Butterball’s 2014 National Sales Meeting celebrating the company’s 60th Anniversary.  Butterball’s theme was Diamonds are Forever.  Speaking with more than 100 seasoned professionals with collective experience in sales, marketing, customer service and management, Dr. Bell spoke on the importance of building yourself and building your team. Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball is the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S. – producing approximately 1 billion pounds of turkey each year. For more than 50 years, the company has provided foodservice and retail products to customers and consumers around the world.


Bill Sanford and Opti-Port Kick Off Eye Care University

Bell Leadership Institute and Opti-Port launched the inaugural Eye Care University February 24-26 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Leadership trainer Bill Sanford conducted Bell Leadership’s Achievers I seminar for attendees from leading eye care providers from across the United States. The 2014 fall semester of Eye Care University will be held in St. Louis October 20-22.

“Working with the Bell Leadership Team has been great on two levels. Not only does Bell program resonate with me personally, but it was great to see how Bill and his team worked with us, to bring their leadership

Dr. Gerald D. Bell Interviews Leonard Wood at UNC Kenan-Flagler

Dr. Bell interviewed UNC Kenan-Flagler alumnus and preeminent real estate developer Leonard Wood for the MBA real estate program, named after Wood in May 2013. UNC Kenan-Flagler has been a leader in real estate education for 40 years, developing students’ knowledge and technical skills so they can build successful careers in real estate. The Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies bridges the worlds of academia and industry for students, faculty, and alumni. Its growth has been accelerated by the vision and leadership of Leonard Wood. The MBA students who attended the interview were given insights into some


Bill Sanford Speaks about Family Business at TS Bank Ag Summit

Bill Sanford delivered a keynote speech on “The Art of Building a Great Family Business” to the 110 attendees of TS Bank’s 
2014 Ag Summit in Treynor, Iowa.TS-Bank-logo

“Bill Sanford’s keynote presentation at our Annual Ag Summit was a great match up,” said Josh Guttau, TS Bank President & CFO.  “He engaged the audience with practical steps and best practices for building their business, and we look forward to how his message will affect the business plans for both our clients and others in the community.”

An annual event, the Ag Summit brings together ag producers, business leaders, and