Jo Ann Payne Norris

Former Assoc Executive Dir.,     Public School Forum

Former Assoc Executive Director.,
  Public School Forum

What is the best career decision that you have made?

I was hesitant to accept John Dornan’s offer to join the staff of the Public School Forum of NC, but finally did.  It was the best career decision I ever made.  I had so many opportunities to contribute to public education in NC, including being the administrator of the NC Teaching Fellows Program.

If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?

My life’s journey so far has been full of opportunities for service.  If I had done it differently I don’t know what would not have been accomplished.

How have women helped further your career?

There have been so many women helping me achieve in my life; some in charge directing me; some beside me, holding my hand; some challenging me thus pushing me to do more or to do better.  I would not have achieved as I have without all of them being in my life at the time they were there and doing what they did to influence me as they did.




WF Adopts Resolution Calling for Repeal of HB2

At its Spring 2016 Meeting the Women’s Forum adopted the following: Resolution Calling for the Repeal of HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act enacted as S.L. 2016-3 WHEREAS, on February 22, 2016, the Charlotte City Council approved a local ordinance that adds marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression […]


Attend a virtual Women’s Forum Conference

Video archive of the April 2, 2016, Women’s Forum regional conference.


Women’s Forum 2016 Spring Meeting

Along with networking, the Spring 2016 meeting of the Women’s Forum will focus on Safety and Security in the Community and related legislation.