N.C. Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall received the 2020 John A. (Pete) Eberhart Ray of Light Award from Boundless Impact at the NC Global Advantage Forum on Nov. 13. Hosted by the NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness, award presenters were Felix Muriithi, board chair - Boundless Impact, and Tom White, board member – Boundless Impact and vice chair- NC Coalition. The Ray of Light award recognizes individuals who exemplify Boundless Impact’s vision of building thriving communities that are intentionally diverse, inclusive and equitable. Marshall is being awarded for decades of work that advanced North Carolina’s global competitiveness and her profound impact on businesses, students, educators and communities throughout the state.
“Elected in 1996 as the first woman to hold a statewide office in North Carolina, Sec. Marshall has blazed many trails across our state and the world for decades,” said Cindy Thompson, executive director - Boundless Impact. “Sec. Marshall has worked tirelessly to make North Carolina one of the most attractive places in the United States to do business, as well as an inclusive place to work and live. Her servant leader’s heart and willingness to roll up her sleeves and contribute to any project she is passionate about has inspired me and many others to public service.”
“As Secretary of State, I have made a concerted commitment that this office will be globally engaged and culturally aware, which is what makes our state such an attractive place to work, live, and do business,” said Marshall. “I am tremendously honored to be selected for the prestigious Eberhart Ray of Light Award, and will continue to focus on the global opportunities that position North Carolina to be successful.”
During Sec. Marshall’s tenure, the Secretary of State’s office has helped nearly 1.5 million businesses get started, she has represented North Carolina with dozens of visiting international delegations and at other international events each year, and she is Co-Chair of the North Carolina-Moldova Bilateral Committee which recently celebrated its 20th year in partnership.
Presentation of Ray of Light Award to NC Sec. of State Elaine F. Marshall