2nd Annual Forrest Firm Non-Profit Challenge: Meet the Judges, Part Two

Earlier this month we announced the start of our 2nd Annual Non-Profit Challenge, a showcase for non-profits in North Carolina. This year’s challenge is for non-profits looking to get started as well as non-profits that are ready to go to the next level. We will accept submissions on our website until April 24, and then a new feature of the challenge kicks in.

A select team of friends of the firm have volunteered to serve as judges of the challenge, and will choose three winners to receive a package of services delivered pro bono by attorneys from the Forrest Firm, as well as a grand prize winner to receive a startup marketing consultation from digital marketing agency Walk West and trial co-working space at Durham’s hub for non-profit innovation, ReCity Network.

Last week, we introduced you to five of our judges. Today, we’d like to introduce the remaining four Non-Profit Challenge judges and highlight their professional and community contributions to North Carolina.

Christopher Gergen: CEO, Forward Impact

Christopher Gergen is CEO of Forward Impact, a company created to unleash the impact potential of next generation entrepreneurial leaders. Forward Impact’s work includes launching community-based strategies to develop and scale high-impact entrepreneurs including Bull City Forward in Durham, NC, Queen City Forward in Charlotte, NC, Moore Forward in Moore County, NC, HQ Raleigh, HQ Greensboro, HQ Charlotte, and Think House, an entrepreneurial living community in Raleigh.  Forward Impact also helps schools, universities, and communities develop transformational entrepreneurial leadership experiences with partners such as the Center for Creative Leadership, where Christopher is Innovator in Residence.

Braden Rawls: Co-Founder and CEO, Vital Plan (Raleigh)

Braden Rawls is co-founder and CEO of Vital Plan, an ingredient-driven supplement company focused on selling top-quality herbal products alongside health education and premium customer support. Vital Plan is a certified B Corporation®, which provides third-party verification of their commitment to doing business with integrity and operating with a triple-bottom line approach to business: profit, people, and planet.  An active member of the Triangle entrepreneurship community, Braden is passionate about mindful, healthy living and works to share this with her employees, customers and community.

Molly Demarest: Senior Director of Operations and Finance, American Underground (Durham)

Molly Demarest is Senior Director of Operations and Finance at American Underground. She joined AU four years ago as the second employee of Durham’s premier hub for startup innovation. American Underground is one of just seven Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs in North America, offering office and co-working space, connections to the startup community and events, and unique access to Google and its products. Molly serves on the boards of Maureen Joy Charter School and Durham Public Schools Career and Technical Education.

Chris Bingham, Founder and CEO, Riley Life Logistics (Raleigh)

Chris Bingham is founder and CEO of Riley Life Logistics, a Certified B Corporation and award-winning provider of specialized fulfillment solutions for growing, brand-focused companies wanting a better experience for their customers. Chris currently serves on the Marbles Kids Museum Board of Directors. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Association – Triangle Chapter, Nourish International, and on the Board of Trustees as Development Chair for Hospice of Wake County.

At the Forrest Firm, we enjoy collaborating with our clients to solve a variety of challenges they face as well as making an economic impact in the state of North Carolina. We are grateful to this group of people who are willing to transcend this business relationship and help us lift a new generation of non-profit leaders through the Non-Profit Challenge.