Testimonials for the Friday Conference Center


Bart and his team were AMAZING. This is the smoothest I have seen a hybrid event go since we started doing them a couple years ago. Thank you so much to the entire team!

Hannah Davis
DICON/DASON Fall Educational Symposium

The dust has finally settled after the Lifeline4Moms Summit, and I wanted to say thank you so much for all that the Friday Center did to make our event such a success. It was a pleasure working with you, and we got a lot of positive feedback from our attendees about the venue. […] I really appreciated how responsive you were to my myriad questions in the months, weeks, and days leading up to our event. Planning an event from a distance can be challenging, so your prompt and thorough responses were helpful – and very reassuring! I appreciated how smooth the booking and planning process was.

Everything went beautifully on the day of our meeting. The staff at the Friday Center were so friendly and accommodating, and the space was well suited to our needs.

Melissa Maslin, MEd
Lifeline4Moms, University of Massachusetts Medical School

I have directed programs to educate judges of federal and state courts in science since 1996. During that time, the National Courts and Sciences Institute has scheduled a dozen seminars, workshops and conferences at the Friday Center.

The Friday Center quickly became a favorite venue. However, in the last several years, it has become a prized venue for educating judges. We have partnered with the Department of Genetics, the Bryson Center and the School of Medicine on many occasions. Our plans call for future conferences jointly conducted with the UNC RENCI Institute and with the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.

We have found that judges favor the Friday Center. They appreciated its light and cheery deliberative spaces, its welcoming personnel, and its rare combination of public and private deliberative spaces.

Our experience with the Friday Center’s program managers has been excellent. We know that the multiple factors contributing to a successful advanced education are well anticipated by the Center’s program team. Having an anchoring program manager available, supportive, and rapidly responding is crucial when trying to blend the judicial and scientific cultures. The Friday Center is our first priority in the design, conduct and plans for advanced professional education.

Franklin M. Zweig, Ph.D., JD
National Courts and Sciences Institute

The William and Ida Friday Conference Center is a wonderful venue to host an event. The conference center is easily accessible and a prime location not only for Chapel Hill, but the Raleigh-Durham area as well. I have worked closely with the exceptional staff for 25 years, and each year the service gets better and better. Conference and event managers, technical staff and caterers are very attentive to your needs and will make sure your meetings/events run smoothly. This venue is my #1 preference when planning Cancer Center events.

                                                                                        Elneter “Melissa” Stroud Mack
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

I am writing to express my thanks and the thanks of the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute team for the support we receive from your team at the Friday Center. You make the Institute run smoothly from the initial planning stages of the conference throughout the Institute every year. Your behind-the-scenes efforts makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable, from staff to presenters to participants. We credit the Friday Center and staff for helping to make the Inclusion Institute a success!

Tracey West, Ph.D.
National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, SCRIPT-NC
FPG Child Development Institute

Our experience with the Friday Center was wonderful. The amenities available were exceptional. The staff at the Friday Center was attentive and helpful. As the point person on planning, I found the experience seamless, it was wonderful to have everything included in the package.

Danielle McLean, J.D.
Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

The Friday Center was truly fantastic to work with every step of the way. The room recommended for us was a perfect fit, and parking was a breeze for our attendees. Snacks provided by the Friday Center were a great treat for our visitors, and we are thankful for the flexibility provided to us when we had to make a last-minute adjustment to our meeting time. We will definitely use the Friday Center in the future for other important events.

Lennon Brooks
Office of Development, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill