Established in 1997, The CEO Forum is an outreach program of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Graduate School created to serve CEOs, presidents and senior managers of companies in northern New England. The Forum provides its members with opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their peers in business and industry in an informal setting. Beginning with networking time, along with a full breakfast, the meeting features a presentation by a corporate leader on a topic of current interest to the members.
To contribute to the business vitality, entrepreneurial spirit, and economic well-being of New England. To strengthen ties between the University of New Hampshire and corporate communities.
To enhance profitability through the presentation and discussion of innovative business practices.
Michelline Dufort is an experienced leader of industry associations and membership organizations. Through her proven track record of working with businesses, both family and corporate, she brings a wealth of knowledge on the dynamics and complexities involved and has built organizations to meet those needs and interests. This experience has enabled her to grow organizational membership by providing valuable benefits, innovative programming, and network-building opportunities for businesses and business leaders based on industry needs. She is excited to bring these skills to the Paul College of Business & Economics and to help grow the CFB and CEO Forum in membership, scope and offerings.
Prior to joining Paul College, Michelline served as the VP of Public Affairs and the Director of Business Relations for the NH High Tech Council where she grew revenues to a record level. She had oversight of membership, programming, development, sponsors, and events. She created new initiatives including TechWomen/TechGirls and the BioTech/MedTech Cluster.
As President of the Lodging and Restaurant Association, Michelline expanded member benefits, which led to significant growth of the Association.
In prior positions she managed advocacy initiatives in the energy and healthcare industries as well as launched an advocacy program at the NH Center for Nonprofits, increasing both membership and visibility for the organization.