SACRAO 67th Annual Meeting
Feb 16-19, 2014   Raleigh, North Carolina

Events and Speakers


February 16, 2014
3:45 - 4:45 PM First-Time Attendee Orientation and Reception

Come make new friends and hear important information from SACRAO leadership!
5:00 - 6:30 PM Opening General Session and Keynote Address

Everyone is encouraged to attend!

6:30 - 7:30 PM Opening Reception with Corporate Partners

Our corporate sponsors invite all attendees to come mix and mingle.


February 17, 2014
7:00 - 7:30 AM SACRAO Fun Run

Join us for a re-energizing run from downtown Raleigh to the edge of NC State University's campus. Explore Raleigh, watch the sun rise, and be the envy of your colleagues who slept in. A Fun Run T-shirt is included with Fun Run registration.
6:00 - 9:00 PM Dutch Treat Dinner for New Attendees (Everyone Welcome to Join!)

Stop by the First Time Attendee table, near the registration booth to meet committee members and sign up to attend this dinner. It's a great way to meet people!
8:00 - 10:00 PM Sampling North Carolina-Keeping it Local!

Join us in the hospitality suite (located in the Magnolia Room of the Sheraton) for a fun-filled evening sampling NC craft beer and Biltmore Estate Wine. We will also have some other local tasty treats and beverages available for those of you with a sweet tooth (hint hint…think SACRAO Conference 2013).

A big thank you to Raleigh Brewing Company and Carolina Brewing Company for donating delicious brews for your tasting pleasure!


February 18, 2014
6:00 - 10:00 PM The Big Event

The Tuesday Night Big Event will take place in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the adjoining 80,000 square-foot Nature Research Center (NRC). Come ready to experience "science in action" and dance the night away in the immersive, three-story, multimedia SECU Daily Planet!
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February 19, 2014
8:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast & Plenary Speaker

Cap off the conference with a delicious breakfast, and enjoy two engaging speakers. Show your spirit - wear your school colors to breakfast!


Jeanne Robertson, CPS, CPAE

Keynote Speaker

A Speakers Hall of Fame inductee and expert in humor, Jeanne Robertson became the first female recipient of the Cavett Award, the highest honor in professional speaking. Jeanne’s message is that a sense of humor is an attitude that can be improved and developed into a successful approach for working with people. She outlines her strategy while captivating audiences with original, hilarious stories from everyday life. Described as the aunt you can’t wait to talk to at the family reunion, Jeanne has appeared on “60 Minutes” and was most recently honored by the National Speakers Association with its 2012 Master of Influence Award. When you hear her in person you’ll learn why audiences across the nation say, “The meeting ain’t over ‘til the tall lady speaks.

Dr. NKrumah Lewis PH.D.

Breakfast Plenary Speaker

Dr. Lewis is an author, entrepreneur, social activist, and advocate for stigmatized populations. He is simply driven to compel people to be successful. His pursuit of excellence is endless, and he often cites that his goal in life is to “leave a legacy that refutes the notion of impossibility.”

Dr. Lewis is a native of Durham, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (’96), where he completed his bachelor of arts in sociology, North Carolina A&T State University (’99), where he received a master of science in adult education and lastly, Virginia Tech(’05) where he became only the second African American ever, and the first in twenty years, to attain a Ph.D. in sociology, concentrating in the areas of race and crime. He is a Dr. King “Building the Dream Award” recipient, serves on Institutional Research Boards at both UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest University, and is a mentor for the Real Men Teach Program and Program Evaluator for the University of North Carolina’s Minority Male Mentoring Program, in addition to receiving numerous other accolades,honors and appointments. He founded a 501(c)(3) organization, the Renaissance and Empowerment Project, Inc. in Greensboro where he rehabilitated not only physically dilapidated houses, but the lives of 103 men that had previously been incarcerated or had gang affiliation. In doing so, he was recognized by Movers and Shakers for his entrepreneurial endeavors. Most recently, he released his autobiographical sketch, entitled, Becoming A Butterfly: From Prison to Ph.D. and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Simon Green Atkins Community Development Corporation

Justin Madore & Cody

Breakfast Guest Speaker

This year SACRAO is pleased to invite the K9s for Warriors group to be our guest speaker during the 2014 Annual Conference breakfast on Wednesday morning. It is not uncommon to see service dogs accompanying students on our campuses, but do we ever stop to wonder the purpose they serve? For many student veterans, service dogs function the same way as Seeing Eye dogs, with the purpose of helping to relieve post-traumatic stress. The K9’s for Warriors program is dedicated to providing service dogs to warriors suffering from PTSD as a result of post 9/11 conflicts.

SACRAO is proud to partner with K9s for Warriors by welcoming Justin and Cody to talk about their wonderful adventure during breakfast. Please plan to show your support during breakfast on Wednesday, February 19th!

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