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Dr. Karen Palasek


Dr. Karen Palasek is the current and founding Director of the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders program, and is concurrently a member of the faculty of the Business School at Barton College in Wilson, N.C. Dr. Palasek joined the John Locke Foundation in 2002, and from 2002 until her departure from Locke in 2011 she served in numerous roles, including policy analyst and Director of Educational and Academic Programs. Her most significant role began with the inauguration of the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders program in 2005, and its first Class in 2006. The E.A. Morris Fellowship is an ongoing program that selects up to 16 qualified applicants annually, to participate in a series of retreats and leadership projects. In 2018 the E.A. Morris Fellowship will enroll its…

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John Hood

Chairman, John Locke Foundation

John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief in North Carolina and beyond. Hood is also chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues reports, hosts events, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal, which serves a monthly audience of more than half a million North Carolinians through its print, radio, and online editions as well as its news service for local newspapers. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. Since 1986, Hood has written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers. It currently appears regularly in the Winston-Salem Journal,…

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