Overview of March 8th c-level symposium


On March 8th a group of Upstate corporate level executives came together for an invitation only symposium titled “Influential Voices for Economic Development, Ethics and Education.”

The program, skillfully facilitated by Dean Hybl, was a conversation with a purpose, namely, revealing and exploring the connections between economic development, ethics and education.  Four common themes emerged:

All agreed that sustained success in this arena requires consistency and that these themes must be reinforced by the organization’s behavior from top to bottom.

These common themes suggest that an opportunity may exist to create a Values Based Leadership Working Group that would meet on a regular basis (perhaps quarterly) to continue the discussion and do a bit of brainstorming with an eye to constructive action in areas of shared interest and concern.

The initial goal of the group might be helping to identify the “soft pieces” that employers want and expect from new employees.  Subsequently, the group might turn its attention to identifying the critical components of organizations that are “ethically sustainable.”  That would be enormously helpful as the Rutland Institute for Ethics works to develop tools and a strategy for the creation and maintenance of ethically sustainable organizations, as well as an ESO certification process.  There are, of course, many other things the group could take up. 

We are hopeful that there will soon be reason to update this information and that a VBL Working Group will be come a significant force for economic development in South Carolina.

March 8 symposium participants included:
David Bereskin, CEO, Greenville Water
David Cordeau, President, Spartanburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
Sharon Day, President, Sales Activation Group
Julie Ducworth, Connectivity Manager, Liberty Fellowship
Thornwell Dunlap, President & CEO, Countybank
Earle Harding, Executive VP, Palmetto Bank (event host)
Dean Hybl, Executive Director, Ten at the Top (facilitator)
Anna Locke, President, A. T. Locke
Erwin Maddrey, President, Maddrey & Associates
Jeff Quinley, Fiber Sales Manager, Charter Business
Jim Shew, Regional Director, BluCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Toby Stansell, President and COO, Acumen I.T.
Ann Wright, Regional CEO, American Red Cross of the Western Carolinas
Daniel Wueste, Director, Rutland Institute for Ethics

We are very grateful to Sam Erwin and Palmetto Bank for providing the venue for the symposium..

To view some photos taken during the symposium à (have this as a hotlink)