Leading the Charge

The Triangle Diversity Business Council co-founders came together around a common goal: to make the Triangle one of the most diverse business environments in the nation. Today they are one step closer to achieving that goal. 


Ken Lewis

Ken is a member of the Nexsen Pruet law firm, and has over 25 years of experience representing public and private companies in a wide range of corporate, transactional and securities matters. Ken’s clients span a wide variety of industries, including financial services, technology, life sciences, health care, insurance, sports and entertainment, manufacturing and distribution. Ken is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School, and clerked on the North Carolina Supreme Court. In 2010, Ken was a candidate for the United States Senate.


Christopher Gergen

Christopher Gergen is CEO of Forward Impact that develops entrepreneurial working and living communities including HQ Raleigh, HQ Greensboro, HQ Charlotte, Think House, and Duke TeachHouse.   Christopher is also the founder of Forward Communities, a non-profit that has launched community-based efforts to develop and scale high-impact social entrepreneurs including Bull City Forward in Durham, NC, Queen City Forward in Charlotte, NC, and Moore Forward in Moore County, NC.  Christopher is the co-founder of Forward Cities – a national learning collaborative between cities focused on building more inclusive innovation economies and InnovateNC – a similar multi-city learning collaborative in North Carolina. Additionally, Christopher helped the Aspen Institute launch a new Center for Urban Innovation. Christopher is Innovator in Residence with the Center for Creative Leadership, a fellow and faculty member with Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative, and senior advisor for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.