Meet CLT Class Members Sean Gautam and Emily Walker

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The Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) class is a nine month, nine class program that trains members of our community in board leadership and helps place them on the board of an arts, science or history organization. With just a couple of weeks to graduation for the 2011-2012 CLT class we wanted to introduce you to two future board members, Sean Gautam and Emily Walker

Name: Sean Gautam

Employer & Position: Intelligrity Capital Management – Founder and President

Hometown: New Orleans & New Delhi

College/University: Georgetown Law, University of New Orleans

Major: Securities Laws and Finance

Length of time in Charlotte: 5 years

Why were you interested in CLT program? I wanted to bring my energy and passions to help support and promote the cultural sector in Charlotte.

Favorite arts/science/history activity: Visiting museums and art galleries.

Favorite thing about living in Charlotte: Good people, light traffic, and growing diversity.

Favorite book: ‘A Gift to my Children’ by Jim Rogers (acclaimed investor)

Favorite band/musician: Led Zeppelin/Eddie Vedder

Favorite movie: Il Postino

Favorite vacation spot: Venice, Italy

Favorite activity in your free time: Motorcycling

Person you would most like to meet: Jim Rogers (the investor, not the Duke Energy CEO)

Favorite Quote? “There’s one life to live — make it count.”


Name: Emily Walker

Employer & Position: Program Manager, Continuing Education, Queens University of Charlotte

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

College/University: Elon University

Major: Leisure & Sport Management

Length of time in Charlotte:  5 ½ years

Why were you interested in CLT program? I was interested in the CLT program because I wanted to explore the variety of arts and science organizations in our community. I knew I would learn a great deal from the speakers about board involvement and was excited about the possibility of connecting with a board that I may have not otherwise considered.

Favorite arts/science/history activity: The CSO’s Pops in the Park series – I look forward to gathering with my friends each year on summer evenings in June for a picnic, wine and wonderful sounds from the Charlotte Symphony!

Favorite thing about living in Charlotte: There is always something to do! I love that Charlotte has all of the offerings of a big city but still manages to have a small city feel.

Favorite book: Bethenny Frankel’s “A Place of Yes” – this book provides ten rules for pursuing your goals with authenticity and drive.

Favorite band/musician: Lady Antebellum

Favorite movie: Father of the Bride – Pt. I & II!

Favorite vacation spot: Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Favorite activity in your free time: Being president of the Young Affiliates of the Mint (and catching up on all things BRAVO on the DVR!)

Person you would most like to meet: Kate Middleton – I think it would be fascinating to hear about her life has changed over this past year, from her perspective!

Is there anything else you’d like to include? I love trying new things, meeting new people and being engaged in this great city that I call home.

Interested in joining professionals like Sean and Emily on a cultural non-profit board? Applications are now available for the 2012-2013 Cultural Leadership Training class! Find more information and the application here.