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Betty Newkirk Lanier

Community Affairs, Corporate Communications, University Relations, Employee Affairs & Philanthropy Specialist

Work experience


Business Development and Operations/Co-Business Owner

Touch Building & Design, LLC

Multifaceted residential, commercial and marine building company

Mar 2012May 2016

Director/Manager Global Community Affairs Specialist, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Human Resources & Communications


Corporate Administration, Corporate  Responsibility & Academic Outreach

Returned to previous position with PPD (2001-2004)

  • Multi-million dollar global giving budget management and designations
  • Management multi-million dollar Charitable Giving Budget and wellness
  • Global Public  & Community Relations 
  • Global Academic Outreach & Internships
  • Globalization of PPD programs - adjusting to cultural differences globally with interests of keeping our main goals intact
  • Reported to Global Vice President of Human Resources and then Global Vice President of Corporate Headquarters Communications
Jul 2010Feb 2012

Practice Management

MCBH Engineers, PLLC
  • Project coordination
  • Engineering project specifications
  • Licensing 
  • Governmental 254 and 255 
  • Contracts and proposals
  • Project front end load 
  • Project coordination with architects, fellow engineers and contractors
  • Human Resources agent
Jan 2009Mar 2010

Practice Manager

ACT Medical Group  (Temporary Contract) 

ACT provides Medical Directorship, Primary Care, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy services to Long-Term Care Facilities, Enhanced Service Agencies/Behavioral Health Providers and Corporations wishing to offer onsite health care to their consumers or residents.

Dec 2009Dec 2009

Construction Administration Coordinator

TMC Taylor Construction (Temporary Contract)
  • Administrative project coordination
  • Owner/Contractor construction contract development and revisions
  • Application for payment requests
  • Project status reports
  • Change orders
  • Visit project sites to assist Construction Manager with administrative needs and material requests
  • Cost estimates and proposals
  • Project schedule accounting
Jan 2007Mar 2008

Manager/Director Community Engagement & Philanthropy Specialist, Human Resources


Returned to same position as May 2001-Dec 2004 with PPD

  • Multi-million dollar Charitable Giving Budget
  • Employee & Community Wellness Programs
  • Global University Outreach & Internships
  • Community Relations Representative
  • Public Relations and communications
  • Globalization of employee programs
Dec 2004May 2006

Clinical Research Analyst


Clinical trials management.  Regulatory affairs documents completion.  Study startup and completion according to FDA standards and client SOPs.

May 2001Dec 2004

Community Affairs, Philanthropy & University Outreach Specialist, Human Resources


University Outreach      

  • Negotiating and Implementing Duke University Non-Clinical Contract to provide internships to The School of Nursing
  • UNCW – Clinical Research degreed program development
  • UNC – Chapel Hill Fellowship Program, development, coordination, contract and expense review annually
  • UNC – Chapel Hill Pharmacy Program in association with Coastal AHEC
  • Campbell University Clinical Research Program – Coordinate with University Clinical Director regarding possible interns Campbell University Pharmacy Program
  • Durham Tech – Clinical Research Associates program and internships
  • CFCC - Special programs
  • Intern interview and placement with project managers in RTP & Wilmington offices  
  • Establish, coordinate and maintain relationships with universities and/or community colleges in communities where company facilities are located with the goal of attracting talented, qualified graduates to PPD
  • Planning and implementing university outreach and internship programs designed to advance the critical objectives of the company – primarily in the areas of employment resourcing, education and good corporate citizenship  
  • Assess interns for possible CRA hire-ability
  • Foundation training scheduling for interns
  • Scheduling of intern one month rotation calendars
  • Intern promotion presentation to promote intern usage to project managers
  • Monthly visits to RTP office to touch base with universities, interns and preceptors

Community Affairs & Charitable Giving

    • Served as PPD liaison for all aspects of charitable giving, fundraising and community affairs. Also, coordinated with other PPD departments (legal, recruiting, corporate communications, etc.) on issues with overlapping areas of responsibility
    • Planned, coordinated, conducted or participated in various community relations activities and projects to promote PPD as a good corporate citizen in the communities where company facilities were located
    • Maintained tracking and administer the company’s charitable contributions budget
    • Assisted in responsibility for company-wide oversight and implementation of policies, programs and initiatives in the areas of community relations, community and economic development and charitable giving
    • Design and creation of publication promotional literature
    • Junior Achievement Board and campaigns
    • United Way campaign - Initiate, publicize, maintain tracking of budget, fundraising and promotions
    • Juvenile Diabetes Campaigns – Initiate, publicize, maintain tracking of budget, fundraising and promotions
    • Tracked Giving Report totaling close to 500 different charities
    • Review and approval of incoming charitable requests, determining how much or whether the charity falls into our giving objectives
    • Represented PPD at charitable functions where PPD was a corporate sponsor
    • Approval of PPD sponsored events and publications to be announced throughout the company
    • Coordinated charitable events and attendance by PPD executives and employees
    • Ticket giveaways
    • T-shirts and promotional items for various employee and PPD sponsored events

    Employee Health Clinic & Wellness

    • Special programs and employee needs, i.e., flu shot coordination for headquarters and other national and international locations
    • Clinic manual revisions
    • Served on various boards, committees, civic groups and/or task forces as appropriate
    Sep 1994May 2001

    EDI & DDL Supervisor, Liason to Ford & General Motors

    Sturdy Corporation

    EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) /DDL (Direct Data Link)

    • Liaison for Ford and General Motors
    • Just in time shipping agent 

    Office Manager, Exec. Assistant to Vice President

    JEDCO Construction
    • Administrative project coordination
    • Owner/Contractor construction contract development and revisions
    • Project specification revisions
    • Application for payment requests
    • Project status reports
    • Visit project sites to assist Construction Manager with administrative needs and material requests
    • Assisted sales reps with sales negotiations
    • Cost estimates and proposals

    Company closed Wilmington branch location.


    Business Administration

    Hardbarger's Business College

    Business Administration

    Louisburg College

    Sustainability, Philanthropy & Corporate Responsibility

    Boston College

    Certifications & Affiliations

    UNCW Career Advisory Board Member

    Boston College Community Engagement, Sustainability, Philanthropy

    NC National Grants Association Member

    WILMA Leadership Network Board

    Make A Wish Southeastern NC Board Council Member

    Cape Fear Community College Foundation Board Member

    Certified Lead Removal for the Building industry

    State of North Carolina

    Medical Terminology & Anatomy

    Coastal AHEC, New Hanover Regional Medical Center/Health Network

    CASCADE (Competitive Advantage Using Siebel Clinical to Achieve Delivery Excellence)


    CAFT (Clinical Administration Foundation Training)


    NC Real Estate License 

    State of North Carolina

    Notary Public

    State of North Carolina

    Leadership Wilmington Graduate

    Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce