Nov 21, 2018
Marjorie Benbow is an intellectual property attorney. She
focuses on technology transfer, licensing, corporate matters and
distillery & brewery law. She is also a flower farmer,
contractor/builder, scientist and educator. She serves on the
board of trustees of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the North
Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Marjorie previously
served as executive director of the Charlotte office of the North
Carolina Center of Biotechnology and in the Office of Technology
Transfer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has
been recognized as among Charlotte’s 20 Most Dynamic Women,
Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women and as a Distinguished
Rotarian. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in zoology and
masters of science degree in public health from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters of Business
Administration degree and a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest
This episode is perfect for anyone
interested in flower farming, a journey of science, education and
the law, and lessons about love, grief and gratitude.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Marjorie explains farming zinnia and
sunflowers and the business lesson she is learning.
- She talks about her work renovating a 90-year old
home on 20 acres of property.
- She describes her legal practice and being a happy,
- She reflects on growing up in Winston-Salem
and what was important in her home.
- Marjorie shares a story of her father overcoming
polio and what learned.
- She answers how her parents would have described
- She talks about studying zoology at UNC Chapel Hill and
becoming a scientist researching virology and nerve
- She tells a story of an unnerving double
blind-date that led to marriage.
- Marjorie describes her relationship with Dr. Hector
Henry and being imported to Concord, North Carolina.
- She discusses pursuing a MBA/JD program at
Wake Forest University and synthesizing different ways of
- She describes her work leading the Charlotte office of the
North Carolina Center of Biotechnology.
- She remembers the personal news she received
that led to great grief in her life.
- Marjorie reveals what she learned from her husband’s
diagnosis and how she managed during his illness.
- She reflects on her husband’s passing on Thanksgiving and
the call she received on Valentine’s Day.
- She shares what she has come to understand about
- She explains why she is a ‘merry widow.’
- Marjorie answers what’s next for her.
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