Giving Thanks


Airedate: November 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 University.  

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.  


  • Marjorie explains farming zinnia and sunflowers, the business lesson she is learning, and renovating a 90-year old home on 20 acres of property.

  • She describes her legal practice and being a happy, drama-free lawyer.

  • She talks about studying zoology at UNC Chapel Hill and becoming a scientist researching virology and nerve regeneration.

  • Marjorie tells a story of an unnerving double blind-date that led to marriage.

  • She describes her relationship with Dr. Hector Henry and being imported to Concord, North Carolina.

  • Marjorie discusses pursuing a MBA/JD program at Wake Forest University, synthesizing different ways of thinking, and her work leading the Charlotte office of the North Carolina Center of Biotechnology.

  • She reflects on her husband’s passing on Thanksgiving and the call she received on Valentine’s Day.

  • Marjorie shares what she has come to understand about grief and why she is a ‘merry widow.’

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Other Side of Grief

To Learn More About Marjorie


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  • What is it that you ‘farm’?

  • What have you learned about grief?

  • What does interdependence mean to you?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.