The Council for Entrepreneurial Development has lined up an all-star cast of speakers for its inaugural Engage: Finance — Knowledge, Networks and Trends.

The new event, which replaces the CED’s Money & Markets program, will bring together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other area financial leaders on Jan. 15 at the Embassy Suites in Cary from 11 AM to 2 PM.

During four concurrent sessions, panelists will explore a range of key financial topics, including funding options, exit strategies and board room issues. In addition, Ken Wilcox, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, will provide luncheon keynote remarks at the event.

“Engage is for the Triangle’s entire fast-growing entrepreneurial community–.” said CED President Monica Doss. “The Engage program series integrates global marketplace trends and best business practices through a unique blend of tactical panels, thought-provoking speakers and expansive, high performance networking–.”

The first panel is “Finding Funding: Which Source is Right for You Company?” Members include John Cambier, vice president of new ventures at the MCNC Research and Development Institute; Nick England, president and CEO of 3rdTech; John Ujvari, SBIR program specialist at the Small Business and Technology Development Center; ArrayXpress President Michael Zapata; and Glenn Kline, president and CEO, Silicon Semiconductor.

Donald Holzworth, CEO of the Constella Group, and Thomas Finegan, CEO and co-founder of Clarkston Consulting, will make up the second panel, “Growing Your Company to Scale without Venture Capital.”

The third panel is “Debates in the Board Room: Not Your Typical “Corporate Reforms.” This discussion will involve Chuck ReCorr form the National Association of Corporate Directors; Janet Wylie, president and CEO of Engineous Software; Greg Bohlen, chief financial officer at The Aurora Funds; Jim Verdonik, partner at Daniels Daniels & Verdonik; and John Miller, president of Triangle Financial Concepts Inc.

The fourth panel is “Exploring the Exit Alphabet Soup: M&A, IPO, LBO, ESOP,” with Jack McGlinn, director of CapitalSouth Partners; Rick Carlisle, managing partner at Dogwood Equity; Bruce Kelleher, managing director of Cary Street Partners; and Gail Brown, financial consultant with Wachovia Securities’ Asset Management Group.

To attend CED’s Engage: Finance costs $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Register online by Jan. 9 at: