RALEIGH — More than 100 people packed into WRAL-TV’s Studio A to attend WRAL TechWire Live on Tuesday morning. A quarterly event sponsored by Wells Fargo with the support from several TechWire partners, it aims to coalesce industry experts around a central topic facing the region.

Tuesday’s discussion centered on social impact, and how Triangle nonprofits are working like startups to devise innovative solutions to problems facing our region and neighbors.

WRAL TechWire Live panel discussion … Jes Averhart, Geraud Staton, Maggie Kane and Rob Shields.

Leadership Triangle executive director Jes Averhart.

Wells Fargo’s Raleigh region president Michael Golden.

The event started out with three speakers presenting 8-minute TED-style talks. Among them: Maggie Kane, founder and executive director of the nonprofit, A Place at the Table; Geraud Staton, executive director of The Helius Foundation and Rob Shields, executive director of ReCity.

Afterwards, the crowd broke into working groups to discuss the issues before reconvening for a Q&A with the experts.

Jes Averhart, executive director of the Leadership Triangle and Black Wall Street Homecoming, moderated the panel.

Attendees join working group with Geraud Staton.

Mike “Muddy” Schlegel, founder of Whiteboard Academy.

Mike “Muddy” Schlegel shows his final sketch.

She also offered up her own advice: Do a talent audit of all the skills that you’re good at and willing to share with the community. “We get polarized because we don’t know how to help, but it’s truly not as difficult as you might think,” she said.

“Figure out what you’re passionate about. This is an easy thing to do. It should only take five minutes. Once you do your talent audit and match them up, go to work.”

Want to make a social impact? Experts shine light on the many ways at TechWire Live