May 2018 – Our 6th Annual Women’s Issue

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On International Women’s Day, I started my morning from a very non-triumphant place, battling Highway 147 traffic, running late – again – because my four-month-old was up half the night with a cold. Because I had to take the recycling bin out. Because I needed to brew a good cup of coffee to keep me awake. Because I had to respond to that email. Because … life.

I arrived at the “Durham Women Take No Bull” seminar at The Carolina Theatre, presented by the Durham Chamber of Commerce, just as a women’s panel (followed by a 20- and 30-somethings panel) took the stage. I listened to a group of accomplished women, including Ellen Shannon, VP of planning and development here at Durham Magazine, Lori Jones Gibbs of PNC Bank, Heather Denny of McDonald York Building Company and Lori O’Keefe of Triangle Community Foundation speak about their background, how they’ve overcome sexist workplaces, how they’ve been mentored (by men and women) and how they’ve managed family life. All
four had taken a leap of faith to become the successful businesswomen they are today. But, otherwise, all of them had very different stories and challenges. It’s worth mentioning, there is something special about working and living here. Professionally, Durham women are outperforming national trends of female involvement at C-level positions and in startups.

I trust you will be as inspired as I am when you read what our 2018 Women of Achievement (starting on page 32) have accomplished across arts, nonprofits, volunteering, starting or leading a business. As a busy mom, professional, friend, wife and generally exhausted individual, these women give me hope, and it’s reassuring to know that I’m not alone… in traffic, up at night, managing a company, taking out the trash, cooking dinner. – Rory Gillis, COO

Click below to flip through our April 2018 issue and let us know what you think by dropping a line to

To get to a specific section, click on the articles below.


Meet 13 remarkable Bull City women

How to dress for today’s workplace

The results of our annual peer-to-peer survey of local providers

In the second of our series of conversations with Durham’s higher education leaders, we spoke to Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, chancellor of North Carolina Central University

Ed Crabtree reminisces about his namesake and her famed family recipe


8 The Scene
PictureDURM helps us showcase images curated by locals

10 Go.See.Do.
Our top events for May

20 Noted
What we’ve heard around town …

24 Adopt a Pet
Three dashing dogs from The Animal Protection Society of Durham seek permanent playmates

26 Get Off My Lawn
Duke’s Dr. David S. Pisetsky questions the need for yard signs

28 Lessons of Interfaith
Author Carl W. Kenney II shares our city’s interfaith legacy

30 Bites of Bull City
Get to know five of Durham’s top female chefs

50 What We Love About Living in Old North Durham
and Amanda Hahn adore their Craftsman-style house
– deconstructed and rebuilt from the foundation up! – in this historic neighborhood

78 Taste
Discover our city’s best restaurants

87 Engagement & Wedding
Tying the knot, Bull City-style


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