We are very grateful to our talented panel and all who attended the 2019 Leadership Breakfast. Our topic was Achieve Outstanding Performance through Diverse Talent with a distinguished panel of leaders from corporate, higher education, military and nonprofit sectors.


“I enjoyed hearing from the panel on the diversity & inclusion topic. I was excited to be in a room full of inspiring and confident women leaders. I think these events are extremely important because some women do not have women role models and/or mentors in their specific areas/departments in their companies. I look forward to attending more events!”




“I thought it was a great event. I enjoyed learning about the new initiatives and growth plans for Momentum. I also appreciated that the networking after the event was optional and whittled down the number of people to connect with so it wasn’t so overwhelming. I had some very meaningful conversations.”




“Amazing! Panelists all had really interesting insights. Could have listened to them much longer. ”

“The panel was great, more please!”

“This was my first Momentum event and I’m looking forward to other events.”




Clara Green recently joined Regions as Executive Vice President, Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining Regions she worked for General Electric Co. for 20 years, most recently as Diversity and Inclusion Leader for GE Power, a 60,000 employee global organization. Her previous roles at GE include Diversity and Inclusion Leader for GE Power’s Power Services subsidiary, and Organization and Talent Development leader for GE Power & Water Power Generation Services. Green graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Relations. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM) and the Atlanta Diversity Managers Affinity Group (ADMAG).


S. Dawn Bulgarella, MSHA, CPA, is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance for UAB Health System. In this role Ms. Bulgarella is chief fiscal and operating officer of the medical school. Her administrative functions encompass space planning, fiscal affairs and human resource management on a state budget of $100 million and a research budget of approximately $274 million.

Ms. Bulgarella received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1986 and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1990. She joined the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, P.C., in 1993 as Director of Reimbursement and in 1997 was appointed to the role of Executive Administrator for UAB Prime Care. In 1999, Ms. Bulgarella joined UAB as the Executive Administrator for the Department of Anesthesiology and added the role of Executive Administrator of Emergency Medicine in 2011. As a representative for the medical school, she is liaison and general business officer to the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Business Affairs.


Major General (retired) N. Lee S. Price a senior executive with 40 years of experience in information technology/cyber system, global operations and logistics, leader development, problem solving, organizational change, government procurement, and program management. She entered the Army as a Private First Class when only 2% of the Army workforce was female and retired over 38 years later as Major General. Upon her retirement in 2014, only 7 women had risen to a higher rank. She left a legacy of delivering groundbreaking technologies to U.S. Forces and supporting global military operations in multiple combat zones. As a decorated member of the US Army, she provided steadfast guidance and leadership to myriad programs valued up to $6 billion annually.

Price’s notable firsts include: the first woman selected for General Officer while serving in Special Operations Command (2008), the first female promoted to General Officer for the Army’s Acquisition Corps (2008), and the first woman to serve as an Army Program Executive Officer (2009. Her many awards include the Combat Action Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. She was named a Momentum Woman of Impact Honoree in 2018. Price currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Research Institutes and the Lakeshore Foundation.


J.W. Carpenter has served as Executive Director of the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed) since September 2013. Before coming to Ed, Carpenter served as the founding Executive Director for Teach For America Alabama-a branch of the nationally-recognized organization committed to providing and advocating for high quality education for students in low-income communities.

Prior to his role with Teach For America, Carpenter was a litigator for the Birmingham law firm of Walston, Wells, and Birchall, LLP. Carpenter earned a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He serves on the boards of A+ Education Partnership, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, and the Blackburn Institute at the University of Alabama. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Birmingham, the GEAR UP-Birmingham Advisory Board, the UAB Center for Urban Education Advisory Board, and is in the fourth year of serving on the campaign cabinet for the United Way of Central Alabama. He was named Top 40 under 40 in Birmingham in 2010, and is an alumnus of the PARCA Roundtable, Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Alabama, and Leadership UAB. In 2016, Carpenter was selected for a week-long fellowship in Strategic Nonprofit Management at Harvard by the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and the Birmingham alumni chapter of Harvard Business School. In 2018, Carpenter received a Vulcan Award honoring servant leadership.


Our panel was moderated by Kris Dunn, CHRO at Kinetix and founder of two blogs with a broad social following: HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent. Kris has worked 20+ years in HR for fortune 500 companies and VC-funded start-ups. He is a Contributing Editor at Workforce Management Magazine and Workforce.com. Kris holds an SPHR from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and has been named one of the Top 100 Influencers in the World of HR and a Top 25 Digital Influencers in the HR and Talent Management communities. Kris holds a B.A in ES/Communications from Northeast Missouri State University, an M.A.E in Education from UAB and an MPPM from Birmingham-Southern College.