Executive Leadership Circle

Fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship through education


The mission of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle (ELC) is to support entrepreneurial education at the McColl School of Business at Queens and to foster an entrepreneurial spirit throughout the Carolinas. Through scholarship support, mentoring, coaching and other enrichment opportunities, the ELC encourages entrepreneurial ventures of all sizes in an effort to stimulate economic growth.

The ELC was founded in the early 90's by Hugh L McColl, Jr., and the late Dr. Billy O. Wireman. By 2003, the group began providing scholarship funds for McColl School students, and created additional membership benefits to add professional value to the ELC. Today, the ELC collectively represent a wide variety of industries and individuals. This diversity provides for unique and meaningful networking opportunities and creates a rich, dynamic benefit for the McColl School and its students.

"The ELC Scholarship has created access to advanced-level knowledge and skills for my career growth in the increasingly complex global business environment." -Carol Steen MBA '14 and ELC Scholarship Recipient

Membership Benefits

ELC members receive a variety of exclusive opportunities. All of these events afford quality networking opportunities with like-minded entrepreneurs as well as business and community leaders:

  • Participation in the ELC Series of educational events that include interactive discussion on a hot topic related to business and entrepreneurship, featuring business leaders as well as McColl School faculty
  • ELC's signature event—Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony at Quail Hollow Club
  • Opportunities to work with students as classroom presenters, mentors, judges and business plan evaluators through the McColl School's entrepreneurship courses
  • Invitation to the McColl School's Leaders in Action Series, featuring nationally-recognized CEOs and top managers discussing aspects of leadership (four to six times a year)


Joining the ELC

Our membership base is limited to 100 leading local entrepreneurs in the Carolinas, or those committed to fostering entrepreneurship in their businesses and beyond. Membership in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle is a $1,000 annual, tax-deductible gift ($825). Our funds provide fellowships for McColl School MBA candidates. Two fellowships—the Billy O. Wireman Fellowship and the ELC Development Award—are granted to at least seven students each year who demonstrate an interest and concentration in entrepreneurship. In addition, funds are used to provide member events and benefits.



Learn More

Interested in becoming a member of the ELC? Contact Terry Broderick, lecturer in business administration, at broderit@queens.edu or 704-688-2726.

Carolinas Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame

Queens McColl School of Business, along with the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle, proudly established the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in July 2010 to honor the individuals whose legacies still shape today's business and economy throughout the Carolinas and beyond. The McColl School has a dedication to serve those who strive to become highly competent leaders who understand the importance of character and are committed to their communities. The Hall of Fame gives the School and the University the opportunity to thank the entrepreneurs who have made such lasting contributions and laid the groundwork for the major business sectors in our region.

  • The membership criteria, which was established by the selection committee, includes:
  • Laureate can be founder or subsequent entrepreneurial leader
  • Induction into Hall of Fame can be during active leadership role, after retirement or posthumously
  • Business founded or led by laureate must have minimum ten-year track record and must have positively impacted the community it serves
  • Laureate must, personally, have contributed to the greater good of the Carolinas

The selection committee for the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame consists of entrepreneurs, business leaders and historians representative of both North Carolina and South Carolina:

  • Former N.C. Governor Jim Martin
  • Fritz Hamer, curator of published materials, South Carolina Library, USC - Columbia
  • Joan H. Zimmerman, founder of Southern Shows, Inc.
  • Lisa Bell, owner and chief creative officer of Tivoli Partners
  • Terry Broderick, former dean of of the McColl School of Business
  • Ron Shiffler, former dean of the McColl School of Business
  • Carlos Evans, executive vice president, Wells Fargo, retired

Hall of Fame

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