Matthews House
Matthews House

The Matthews House Hosts “For Such A Time As This” Dinner and Discussion March 27

Unique Wedding and Event Venue Hosts Women’s Event on Finding Significance After Success

Cary, NC, March 15, 2014 --( Sheila Ogle of The Matthews House, a venue hosting corporate and social engagements, wedding ceremonies and offering catering services for a wide range of functions, has announced the site will host “For Such A Time As This,” a dinner event for high achieving women, on Thursday, March 27 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 317 W. Chatham St. The evening will feature Sharon Decker, North Carolina Commerce Secretary, as the evening’s keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ogle with Triangle businesswomen Barbara Mulkey and Cheryl Hunter. Attendees will receive advice on how to enhance the meaning in their lives after finding career success.

Decker was appointed Commerce Secretary by Gov. Pat McCrory in January 2013. She brings more than 30 years of business and commerce experience to the position. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Decker spent more than 17 years with Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy. She then went on to become the founding president of The Lynwood Foundation, which was created to restore the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, N.C., as a conference center. During her time at Lynwood, Decker also served as the chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and was named Charlotte Woman of the Year. In 2004, she created and served as CEO of the Tapestry Group, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals lead healthy lives in mind, body and spirit. Throughout her career, she has served on the boards of three Fortune 500 companies.

Mulkey founded Mulkey Engineers & Consultants in 1993 and served as the firm’s CEO until 2008. With 47 years of experience in the restaurant business, Hunter served as the director of operations of McDonald’s Corporation for 300 restaurants across six states. Known in the Triangle as an entrepreneur and community volunteer, Ogle founded MRPP, a full-service media advertising agency in 1987 and sold iy in 2012. She renovated The Matthews House an events facility and conference center in 2001 and found the Cary Innovation Center in 2012.

Women across the Triangle are invited to join in the discussion on finding significance after success. Tickets are $60 per person. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit

“The ‘For Such A Time As This’ dinner is a fantastic opportunity for women to come together and share their stories of not only how they became successful, but also what lies ahead in the later chapters of our lives,” said Ogle. “We can all benefit from hearing each other’s past experiences, and I could not be happier to be a part of this empowering and thought-provoking evening.”

About The Matthews House:
The Matthews House, a stately, Greek revival mansion nestled among giant oaks and flower gardens on Cary’s historic Chatham Street, is a unique event facility designed for weddings, receptions, corporate meetings and entertainment. The renovated 1920s mansion offers spacious reception/dining areas and a fully equipped conference room complete with wireless Internet and presentation capabilities. Rental rates and menus can be customized for private parties or corporate events. The house includes four fully-furnished upstairs bedrooms plus a master bedroom/honeymoon suite. For more information, call (919) 467-1944 or visit
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