Our August installment explored Authentic Leadership. Hugh McColl and Braxton Winston will reflect on their personal leadership styles and perspectives on the growth, evolution and future of our city. Jennifer Appleby moderated the conversation.

What you missed on August 9th


What you missed on March 15th

This month's installment of Final Draught featured Women Changing Charlotte, and panelists spoke about their visions for a more collaborative, creative, compassionate city. They shared stories of courage, overcoming stereotypes, learning from mistakes and the importance of mentors and role models - for women and for everyone. And they talked about libraries.


What you missed on Jan 25th

The 3rd installment of Final Draught featured Charlotteans who turned their side hustles into careers. They shared practical and financial advice, and stories of persistence, rejection, learning from failure, and the joy of following a passion.


What you missed on Sept 14th

Our second event was held on September 14th, 2017 at Flight Beer Garden uptown. Our popular panelists talked at length about the grit it takes to be an entrepreneur in the cutthroat beverage industry. We heard about their backgrounds (graphic design, corporate finance, physiology, and organic farming), and the lessons they've learned through failure and sacrifice. Red Ventures generously sponsored this event with financial support.


Chris Goulet
President of Birdsong Brewing Company


Jason Alexander
Cofounder, Brewer at Free Range Brewing


Chad Henderson
Master Brewer, NoDa Brewing


Townes Mozer
Owner, Lenny Boy Brewing


What you missed on June 8th

Our inaugural event was held on June 8th, 2107. With an ambitious goal of selling 75 tickets, we smashed our own ceiling with over 107 tickets purchased in advance and more than 20 bought at the door. The focus? Charlotte's changing food scene. Our talented panel discussed their perspectives on the Queen City's culinary evolution - and the breaking points in their lives that pushed them out of their comfort zones. Many thanks to 7th Street Public Market for their hospitality, and to Tom Hanchett for the fantastic moderating. The recommended reading from that evening's event can be found here.

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Bonnie Warford, Panelist
Earl's Grocery and Carpe Diem

James Yoder, Panelist
Not Just Coffee

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Courtney Buckley, Panelist
Your Mom's Donuts

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Dalton Espaillat
Sabor and Three Amigos