The Official Line
A former broadcast reporter/anchor and corporate communications executive, Kalkhof, (formerly Cecily Durrett) has served in high-stakes communications roles for more than 40 years. Providing both strategic counsel to senior leadership and serving as media spokesperson during precedent-setting legal cases, she has led crisis communications during healthcare mergers and nuclear power construction/ environmental regulation changes.
After decades of senior communications roles with companies like Duke Energy, Carolinas Healthcare (Atrium), and Triangle Business Journal, Kalkhof now dedicates her passion for helping others find their true voice in a complex environment, especially as many teams continue the transition from in-person to virtual or hybrid work.
The Heart Line
A lifetime Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, and a former member of the media training faculty for the City of Charlotte, Kalkhof continues her community engagement through Rotary International and active volunteer roles with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Triad Coaching Connections.
She lives in Durham with her husband, Bill where they can frequently be seen riding bikes on the American Tobacco Trail. Daughter, Madison and her husband, Cody moved from Los Angeles to Durham in 2020, and Bill’s son, Adam and family live in nearby Cary with grandchildren, Liam and Harper