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C-Suite Sessions

Join fellow C-Suite professionals each quarter for presentations and panel discussions on trends and topics relative to today's business leaders. These C-Suite retreats are meaningful opportunities to network, compare and critique strategies, and come away with a research-based action plan for tackling your organization's most pressing challenges.

 

Past Sessions

  • Unleash the Power of the Marketing and HR Partnership

    June 30, 2020, Clemson at Greenville ONE

    Both departments are incredibly valuable to any organization and in top employers, we are seeing increased collaboration to improve the organization's brand, drive the culture and attract and retain top talent.

    There's a growing need for marketing and HR to work together toward building a mutually beneficial relationship. A symbiotic relationship between the two enhances essential processes and increases the value to the entire organization. In today's competitive space where driving engagement with both candidates and customers is vital, it's important for marketing and HR executives to lead the charge toward a meaningful partnership.

    What are some keys to building a company culture that thrives and how do you align your employees and organization behind the company culture, and get everyone to rally behind it?

    Bring your teams and explore how HR and Marketing can team up and become a Powerhouse!

    Speakers

    Robbie Fitzwater

    Robbie Fitzwater

    Marketing Leader, Strategist and Teacher

    Robbie is a transformational marketing leader with a passion for empowering those around him to be the best version of themselves. As an early pioneer in the digital marketing space, he has led organizations and brands through various digital transformations. He currently runs MKTG Rhythm where he helps businesses grow by evolving their marketing strategy and teaches in the Clemson MBA program. See more about Robbie on LinkedIn.

    Gail DePriest

    Gail DePriest

    Director of Executive Leadership Development and Corporate Relations, Clemson MBA

    Gail is the Director of Corporate Relations and Leadership Development at Clemson University. As a certified Master Coach who teaches MBA classes on Strategic Career Management, Gail has deep knowledge of Corporate Leadership practices and needs. For more than fifteen years she has advised Fortune 500 companies through times of transition and helped top-ranked business schools create career management programs. In private practice, she coaches and prepares leaders for effective, transformational leadership. She is also a contributing writer for the South Carolina Business Journal.

    Panelists

    Mary Ellen Grom

    Mary Ellen Grom
    Executive Director of Marketing Communications, AFL

    Jim Wanner

    Jim Wanner
    CEO, Keymark, Inc.

    Brian Stearns

    Brian Stearns
    Founder/CEO, RingoFire

    Session Sponsor

    AFL
  • Design Spaces that Engage and Empower

    November 12, 2019, Clemson at Greenville ONE

    Office environments are no longer just a location, they've become a mechanism to help propel business. As the war for talent intensifies and work style preferences of team members continue to change, it will be imperative for businesses to adopt work environments that engage their people and attract the best talent.

    As companies assess the environment that they are in, or the space that they would like to target as they grow, focusing on the capability of workspace to stimulate and engage employees is vital to success. This C-Suite session will explore design strategies, programs and technologies to improve performance, wellness and collaboration.

    Topics include:

    • Human-centric design
    • Measuring wellness and productivity
    • WELL standards and impact on behavior
    • Intentional Design, acoustics and organizational solutions
    Michael Eckert

    Keynote Speaker: Michael Eckert

    WELL AP, Director of Marketing, Milliken

    After nearly 10 years in the commercial lighting industry, Michael stopped looking up at the ceiling for a living and now directs his attention to the floor as Director of Marketing and Strategy for Milliken Floor Covering. Throughout his tenure in the Commercial Interiors Industry, Michael has held roles in Marketing Communications, Product Management and Strategy. Michael's current obsession is understanding how products and designs can be optimized to advance human health and well-being within the built environment. Michael is a WELL Accredited Professional and currently resides in Charlotte, NC USA.

    Panelists

    Meg Terry

    Meg Terry, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
    DP3 Architects, Ltd.
    Principal, Interiors Studio Leader

    Sara O'Mara

    Sara O'Mara
    Choate Construction Company
    Director of Environmental Services

    Terry Bradshaw

    Terry Bradshaw, CPA
    Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
    Chief Financial Officer

    Session Sponsor

    Milliken
  • Building Exceptional Boards

    September 12, 2019, Clemson at Greenville ONE

    An effective and engaged Board can be just the competitive edge that many organizations need to reach their strategic potential. However, it is not uncommon for boards to grow stale, become mundane and routine, and fail to bring the wealth of their members' knowledge and experience to bear when making key decisions or exploring strategic opportunities.

    In this interactive workshop, Lisë Stewart, Principal-in-Charge of the EisnerAmper Center for Family Business Excellence will share her 30+ years of experience in building and facilitating effective boards, highlighting the attributes and practices of great boards, including tips for re-energizing your board and dealing with performance problems.

    Discussion will include:

    • What makes a great board?
    • Avoiding Operational Temptation!
    • What makes a great board member?
    • How to move from simple fiduciary or advisory practices to Leadership Governance
    • The role of the board in performance management, continuity and culture
    • Common pitfalls – conflict of interest, lack of risk management and complacency
    Lisë Stewart

    Keynote Speaker: Lisë Stewart

    Principle, EisnerAmper

    Lisë Stewart is Principal-in-Charge of EisnerAmper's Center for Family Business within the Private Business Services Practice. She has more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, strategic planning and training, and human performance management.

    A popular and nationally recognized speaker, Lisë is well known for her advocacy and training for, privately-held businesses. She offers case studies, humor and practical, no-nonsense advice to make her information accessible and realistic for clients and participants. Her training is in organizational psychology and small business, and she is the author of numerous articles on organizational and individual effectiveness and business sustainability. Additionally, Lisë has been a keynote speaker on topics pertaining to small businesses nationally and internationally for over 25 years.

    Prior to joining the firm, Lisë was the Founder and President of Galliard International, the largest provider of transition services for small businesses in the country. In 2014, she founded the Galliard Family Business Advisor Institute, a non-profit membership organization for those interested in supporting and saving family-owned companies in their local communities.

    Lisë holds certifications from various organizational development institutions, including the Gestalt Institute’s Certification in Professional Coaching and attainment of Professional Level Certification through the International Coach Federation.

    Lisë has been named to the NJBIZ list of “Best 50 Women in Business” for 2018, this award honors New Jersey's influential women—across a wide array of business sectors—based on their professional success, community involvement and advocacy for women. In addition, The Leading Women Entrepreneurs LLC has named Lisë a Top 25 Leading Women Intrapreneur.

    Panelists

    Stinson W. Ferguson

    Moderator: Stinson W. Ferguson
    Southern Environmental Law Center
    Associate Attorney

    Chuck Spangler

    Chuck Spangler
    SCMEP (South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership)
    President

    Joe Swann

    Joe Swann
    Clemson University Board of Trustees
    President, Retired, Rockwell Automation Power Systems

    Dr. Louis B. Lynn

    Dr. Louis B. Lynn
    Clemson Trustee
    Chairman, ENVIRO AgScience

    Julio Hernandez

    Julio Hernandez
    Clemson University
    Chief of Staff, Division of Inclusion & Equity

    Session Sponsor

    EisnerAmper
  • Evolving Workplace Culture

    July 16, 2019, CU-ICAR Auditorium

    Leading businesses are reimagining the nature of work, pivoting their workforce to create new forms of value and scaling up re-skilling. Enterprises are fundamentally shifting with new business models, technologies, and changing expectations of—and by—the workforce. An organization's strategy for technology and workforce experience must evolve for their company to succeed, grow, and retain and attract the best people.

    Often companies are left straddling the needs of the legacy organization while planning for the needs of the future. Discover how organizations are redesigning their strategy to adapt to changing technologies and experience demands from a multi-generational workforce.

    Presenters & Panelists

    Jeff Walker

    Jeff Walker
    Elliott Davis
    Shareholder and Strategic Practice Leader for Audit and Assurance

    Caroline Aneskievich

    Caroline Aneskievich
    BMW
    Corporate Human Resources, Americas Talent Management Specialist

    Kenzie Biggins

    Kenzie Biggins
    Worxbee, LLCFounder

    Melissa Vogel

    Moderator: Melissa Vogel
    Clemson University
    Director, Business Anthropology Program

    Session Sponsors

    Elliott Davis
  • Well-being: Building Organizational Resilience

    February 6, 2019, Clemson at Greenville ONE

    Providing a robust suite of well-being programs focused on physical, mental, financial, and spiritual health is becoming a corporate responsibility and a strategy to drive employee productivity, engagement, and retention.

    Many organizations are rethinking and expanding their reward and development programs to include some version of holistic, end-to-end well-being programs. These innovative programs often include tools for financial wellness, mental health, healthy diet and exercise, mindfulness, sleep, and resilience, as well as changes to culture and leadership behaviors to support these efforts.

    Join us as we explore the neuroscience of building resilience in individuals and organizations using tools like HeartMath and yoga. Hear the journey of several pioneers who have launched innovative, cost-saving programs and initiatives in their organizations. Following the presentations will be an interactive dialog with your peers and a panel discussion.

    Presenters & Panelists

    Erick Herlong

    Presenter & Moderator: Erick Herlong
    SpanAmerica Medical Systems, Inc
    VP of Operations

    Tami Tribble

    Tami Tribble
    BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
    Health Management & well-being Specialist, HR Planning

    JP Ginsberg

    JP (Jack) Ginsberg
    Dorn VA Health Care System
    Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist and Research Health Scientist

    Alison Y. Evans

    Alison Y. Evans, Psy.D., LPC
    South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Katie Mashburn

    Katie Mashburn
    United Community Bank
    Talent and Organizational Development Manager

    Gail DePriest

    Gail DePriest
    Clemson University
    Senior Lecturer and Clemson MBA Director Corporate Relations & Executive Leadership

    Session Sponsors

    Silver Partner
    Span America

    Breakfast Sponsor
    United Community Bank

  • The Quest for Cultural Meaning

    December 4, 2018, Greenville ONE Conference Center

    Two compelling stories on Leading with Purpose, Inclusion & Equity

    When you can align who you are with what you do, you've found the right cultural fit within an organization. When organizations strive to evolve and aspire to create an inclusive culture where their employees can find meaning, purpose, and intent, miraculous results can occur.

    What is Purpose? Purpose is the intentional act to move someone forward. David Stafford and Leslie Schall will share the compelling story of the path Michelin took to find the idea of Leading with Purpose and how Purpose relates to Michelin's overall strategy, culture and progress plans.

    Intercultural and global perspectives are a Clemson priority. Lee Gill and Moryah Jackson will share their journey as leaders guiding Clemson University toward a more inclusive, diverse campus and community environment. Discover how their leadership and support programs are integrating inclusion and equity into the Clemson Experience.

    Come ready to engage! At Clemson C-Suite sessions there is always lively audience participation and an opportunity for discussions with your peers. Lee Gill will lead an activity with participants and Emily Watrous will lead an interactive panel discussion with the presenters and audience.

    "Purpose reflects everything that we are at Michelin. Everything... Yes, Michelin is transforming itself but at the same time Michelin is upholding its Purpose and its core values. My message for every one of you is don't be afraid of these transformations! They will lead us to a brilliant future." - Jean-Dominique Senard
    "There can be no respite in the work to create an environment where all students, faculty and staff are afforded the opportunity to maximize their potential for success. Good can be made better. Better can be made excellent. Excellent can be made exceptional." - Lee Gill, J.D.

    Presenters & Panelists

    Emily Watrous

    Moderator: Emily Watrous
    Clemson University
    Chief Human Resources Officer

    David Stafford

    David Stafford
    Michelin NA
    Exec VP of Personnel and CHRO

    Moryah Jackson

    Moryah Jackson
    Clemson University
    Director of Diversity Education

    Lee Gill

    Lee Gill
    Clemson University
    Chief Diversity Officer

    Leslie Schall

    Leslie Schall
    Michelin NA
    Purpose Leader

  • What You Need To Know About Blockchain

    November 13, 2018, Greenville ONE Conference Center

    Blockchain is becoming one of the most exciting technologies disrupting business and industry alike. If you're considering deploying this technology, it is critical that you understand the available platforms, hosting, associated technologies, languages and security that are paramount to the success of any POC or enterprise deployment. Corporate Executives, decision-makers, stakeholders and developers seeking to align their business strategies with this technology should plan to attend this informative presentation by a leader in blockchain development.

    Bryant Nielson

    Speaker: Bryant Nielson

    Founder, The Blockchain Academy

    Bryant has written extensively about Blockchain and is a regular speaker at numerous blockchain conferences globally. He has delivered talks at various conferences in New York, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Berlin, Miami, San Francisco and Dubai. He is also the host of a blockchain podcast: Blockchain360.

    Michael Bolick

    Moderator: Michael Bolick

    Co-founder, Treis Blockchain

    Michael graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1991. In 2006, following a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, he founded Selah Technologies to commercialize nanotechnology he licensed from Clemson University. Over the next 12 years, Michael led four international M&A transactions stemming from Selah's operations. In October 2016, Michael founded Selah Partners, a life sciences business consulting firm and in November 2018, Michael co-founded Treis Blockchain, a blockchain development firm. Michael was named a Fellow in the Liberty Fellowship and the Aspen Global Leadership Network in 2011 and was inducted into the Greenville Tech Foundation Entrepreneur's Forum in 2014.

    Harold Huges

    Panelist: Harold Hughes

    Founder & CEO, BANDWAGON

    Harold Hughes is a 2008 graduate of Clemson University where he received Bachelors's degrees in both Economics (B.A.) and Political Science (B.A.). In May 2014, he completed his MBA at Clemson, and he is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. Harold is the Founder & CEO of BANDWAGON – a sports tech company that uses Blockchain technology to help teams create more personalized experiences for their fans while eliminating ticket fraud. As a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Founder and Managing Partner of Brickyard Innovation Lab: an entrepreneur ecosystem for early-stage startups and emerging growth companies. He is also a Co-Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter and a member of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. A man of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Harold is actively involved in the community participating on the Board of Directors for Rebuild Upstate and Visit Greenville. As a strong believer in mentorship, he makes time to speak with youth and his peers about his journey to entrepreneurship and how he has found success along the way.

    Marcin Ziolkowski

    Panelist: Marcin Ziolkowski

    Researcher, BMW Innovation Lab

    Dr. Marcin Ziolkowski is a researcher in BMW Innovation Lab focusing on applications of AI in computer vision for manufacturing. He is interested in machine learning, accelerated and quantum computing, numerical methods and algorithms development. Prior to joining BMW, Marcin was part of the Clemson University IT group supporting high performance and data-intensive computing for research. Marcin holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Aarhus.

    Jason Cross

    Panelist: Jason Cross, Ph.D., JD

    Co-founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Rymedi

    Jason Cross is a distributed innovation and impact investment architect. He is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Rymedi, a technology company integrating global life sciences and healthcare value chains with IoT, blockchain and AI. Prior to Rymedi, Jason was a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship law, policy, and business at Duke University, where he was founding Executive Director of the Innovation & Technology Policy Lab. At the ITPLab, he led research, consulting and venture incubation on novel finance, intellectual property, collaboration strategies, and trade policy for enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of innovations across global health, energy, education, and smart infrastructure.

    Session Sponsors

    Encore Technology Group
    Tech After 5
  • America's Future with Marianne Williamson

    Thursday, October 18, 2018, Greenville ONE Conference Center

    It's often crises that open us up to new things. And in a very real way, that's what's happening in America. As we make our way through a difficult time for our country, the way is being cleared for new conversations, new options, and new possibilities.

    As someone who has spent thirty-five years working in the field of personal transformation, Marianne Williamson has seen how the principles of individual change apply to societal change as well. Williamson believes that more than ever, the articulation and expansion of that conversation is not only valuable but also necessary if we're to navigate successfully the times in which we live.

    Williamson says, "As Americans, we have some issues to clean up from the past, some new beginnings to co-create in the future, and—more than anything — a new era of citizenship to forge within ourselves."

    Marianne Williamson

    Speaker: Marianne Williamson

    Author/Lecturer

    Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. For the last 35 years, she has been one of America's most well-known public voices, having been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers and four of these were #1. The mega best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…" is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.

    Session Sponsors

    Phillips Staffing
    Clemson MBA
    M. Judson Booksellers
  • Successful Collaboration- A Story of Risk Management, Succession Planning & Knowledge Capture and Transfer

    June 5, 2018, Clemson at Greenville ONE

    Have you identified critical resources and areas of knowledge in your organization? Regardless of the size of your organization, age of the workforce, or industry you serve, key employees hold critical knowledge that if captured would mitigate risk. Is your organization's handling of organizational knowledge in alignment with the new ISO9001 Standard?

    Rethink and reexamine how you view and manage succession planning in today's business environment. An organization should have a common understanding of what succession planning is, what it is not, to begin determining the organization's "readiness" for succession planning. Expand your vision about what the word means, understanding that the process is a body of work where you will uncover hidden opportunities for process improvement.

    In this session, we will explore the terminology of succession planning and management, the knowledge capture and transfer process and how to get started with your own succession planning strategy.

    Join us for a C-Suite Breakfast Session as we delve into succession planning and share a case study of a privately held company, T&S Brass and Bronze Works, partnering with Clemson University to develop a roadmap and framework for a Succession Plan, including a knowledge capture and transfer method and process as well as a comprehensive leadership and change management program to build and secure the future of their company as well as ingrain the process within their unique company culture.

    Presenters & Panelists

    Prashant Prabhu

    Moderator: Prashant Prabhu, Ph.D.
    Clemson University
    Instructor

    Mary Alice Bowers

    Mary Alice Bowers
    T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc.
    VP of Human Resources

    Ken Gallagher

    Ken Gallagher
    T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc.
    VP of Global Sales

    Gail DePriest

    Gail DePriest
    MBA Senior Lecturer
    Clemson University
    Director Executive Leadership & Corporate Relations

    Caroline Fritz

    Caroline Fritz
    Kiva Collaboration, Inc.
    Principal

    Tan Davis

    Tan Davis
    Tan Davis Consulting & Facilitation
    Principal

    Session Sponsors

    T&S Brass and Bronze
  • Attract & Retain Talent by Leading Meaningful Change

    January 12, 2018, Clemson at Greenville ONE

    To be attractive, an Organization's mission and values should be authentic, altruistic, and motivating. This is a multi-generational effort and Senior Leaders must bring that mission and vision to life and allow younger employees to help mold and carry it out day-to-day.

    Employees, especially Millennials, are driven to make a difference in their workplaces and in their communities. They are civically engaged, know they can make the world and their communities better, and display a strong desire for social change. As a result, employers that provide opportunities to help the community, volunteer, and give back and that tailor their business practices to a social cause are more likely to attract and retain talent.

    Join us for a Breakfast C-Suite Session on Leading Meaningful Change with a keynote by Dr. Susan Madsen, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Dr. Madsen's session will be followed by an interactive panel discussion.

    Dr. Susan R. Madsen

    Keynote Speaker & Panelist: Dr. Susan R. Madsen

    Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics Professor of Management

    Professor Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Dr. Madsen has been heavily involved for over a decade in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders. Overall, Susan has authored or edited six books. She is also the lead series co-editor for the Women and Leadership Book Series. Her next book, The Handbook of Gender and Leadership (Edward Elgar Publishing) is coming out in April.

    Panelists

    Dr. Cynthia Sims

    Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Sims
    Professor, Clemson University

    Mariel McAllister

    Mariel McAllister
    Leigh Family of Companies
    Director of Human Resources & Public Relations

    Katie Mashburn

    Katie Mashburn
    Leadership Development Manager at United Community Bank

    Tod Tappert

    Tod Tappert
    Greenville Health System
    Vice President for Culture and Learning and System Chief Learning Officer

    Session Sponsors

    Leigh Fibers
    United Community Bank
  • Acquirer Success Stories

    November 9, 2017, Greenville ONE Conference Center

    Companies look to mergers and acquisitions to foster innovation and create increased shareholder value, but survey after survey reveals 70-80% of all acquisitions do not earn returns significantly in excess of their cost of capital. This evening cocktail event, a part of our 4-day Certificate in Mastery of Mergers & Acquisitions program, features Jagtar Narula, SVP of Strategy at Blackbaud. Blackbaud is one of a small group of publicly traded companies headquartered in the Southeast that has been highly active in M&A and recorded solid ROIC (Return on Invested Capital).

    Mr. Narula reveals some of the secrets of Blackbaud's success in his keynote presentation, then joins our respected panel to be a part of the Q&A session that follows. Learn about best practices, key processes, critical integration phase activities, and when it's best to simply walk away.

    Jagtar Narula

    Keynote Speaker: Jagtar Narula

    Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Blackbaud

    Jagtar is Blackbaud's Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development responsible for leading the company's strategic planning and inorganic growth initiatives. Jagtar has an extensive background in strategy development and acquisition execution with a focus on technology companies. He joined Blackbaud in 2014 as the leader of corporate financial planning and analysis and investment strategy and has also led Blackbaud's investor relations program.

    Prior to joining Blackbaud, Jagtar was a finance and strategy executive at Xerox Corporation where he held a number of key roles including Vice President, Finance for their $7.5 billion office division and $3 billion indirect channels business, Vice President, Acquisition Operations (responsible for global acquisition integration activities), Director, Corporate Strategy and Director, Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to Xerox, he was an investment principal with the Washington, DC-based venture capital firm Core Capital Partners and GE Equity, the private equity arm of the General Electric Company. Previously, Jagtar was a practicing engineer with the Westinghouse Electric Company and is a patent holder.

    Jagtar holds a BS in engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board member and chairs the finance committee for the Charleston Youth Development Center, a nonprofit devoted to helping disadvantaged youth in the greater Charleston area.

    Michael Bolick

    Panel Moderator: Michael Bolick

    President, Selah Partners

    In June 2006, Michael left his job as a pharmaceutical executive to begin his entrepreneurial journey. He licensed nanotechnology from Clemson University and founded Selah Technologies to develop tools to help doctors see the margins of cancer during surgery. In 2009, Michael sold Selah Technologies to Lab21, a private British diagnostics firm, and stayed on to run Lab21's US operations. In this role, Michael Led Lab21's acquisition of Engencore, a Columbia SC-based sequencing business. In 2012, Michael led a management buyout of Lab21's US operations to form Selah Genomics and served as Chairman and CEO. In April 2014, a publically traded British firm, EKF Diagnostics, acquired Selah Genomics and retained Michael as CEO. Michael led a second management buyout of Selah Genomics in December 2015. In October 2016, Michael closed Selah Genomics and founded Selah Partners, a business consulting firm.

    Michael graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1991. He was named a Fellow in the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network in 2011. He was inducted into the Greenville Tech Foundation Entrepreneur's Forum in 2014. He has been very involved with his community, serving as Chairman of the Greenville Chamber's Next initiative, the advisory board of the Spiro Institute of Entrepreneurship at Clemson University, co-Founding, and then serving as Chairman of South Carolina BIO, South Carolina's life science industry affiliate. Michael currently serves on the board of Next, as Co-Chair of the Southeastern Medical Device Association's 2018 Annual Meeting and as a Deacon at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

    Panelists

    Jagtar Narula

    Jagtar Narula
    Blackbaud
    Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Business Development

    Hagen Rogers

    Hagen Rogers
    Watermark Advisors
    Executive Managing Director

    Scott Whitaker

    Scott Whitaker
    Global PMI Partners
    Partner

    Andrew Coburn

    Andy Coburn
    Wyche, P.A.
    Corporate M&A Attorney

    Session Sponsors

    Wyche
    Alliance of Merger & Accquistion Advisors
    Watermark Advisors
  • Building an Authentic, Inclusive Culture that Drives Business Results

    June 13, 2017, Clemson at Greenville ONE

    "Diversity is an integral part of who we are, how we operate and how we see the future." - Coca-Cola Company

    The ability to understand, embrace and operate in a multicultural world -- both in the marketplace and in the workplace -- is critical to sustainability and growth. Alan Brewer, Director of Executive Development at Coca-Cola Company, will share success stories of how Coca-Cola has leveraged its global team of associates and Business Resource Groups to build an authentic, inclusive culture and impact business results.

    Successful leaders not only recognize their own biases but have the capacity to engage the multidimensional employee by understanding the intersections of employees' lives and experiences. They engage others in dialogue and create cultures and teams based on varied experiences and identities.

    Learn how Coca-Cola's leadership team fosters an ongoing dialogue leading to a better understanding of their colleagues, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders. Through listening sessions and experiential story-telling and by leveraging intersections of their Business Resource Groups, the Coca-Cola Company has cultivated an authentic, inclusive internal culture and experienced greater success in the external marketplace.

    The keynote presentation will be followed by an interactive panel discussion. Learn from various thought leaders about how their organizations are leveraging Employee Resource Groups and Business Resource Groups to drive business value through niche marketing and identifying new ways to reach diverse customers.

    Alan Brewer

    Keynote Speaker: Alan Brewer

    Director, Executive Development at The Coca-Cola Company

    Alan is Director, Leadership Development for The Coca-Cola Company and is part of Talent + Development in Corporate Human Resources. Alan leads Coca-Cola's executive development programs, including the strategy, design and implementation of signature programs, executive coaching, accelerated on-boarding, transition management and executive education. He also serves as President of Coca-Cola's LGBTQ and allies business resource group.

    Before coming to Coca-Cola, Alan was the Global Learning and Development Leader at Equifax where he was responsible for sales and product training, along with employee learning and organizational development. He previously spent 11 years at Turner Broadcasting System and CNN leading professional, organizational and executive development and global learning initiatives.

    Alan earned his bachelor's degree in Communications and his master's degree in Service Management from Mercer University, where he also serves on the Board of Visitors for Penfield College at Mercer. He is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF), Atlanta, and actively supports the Human Rights Campaign Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Panelists

    Ellen Granberg

    Ellen Granberg
    Clemson University
    Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

    Jennifer Smith

    Jennifer Smith
    Michelin North America
    Director, Image and Branding

    Alan Brewer

    Alan Brewer
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Director, Executive Development

    Sherri Dublin

    Sherri Dublin
    Nielsen
    VP Diversity Programs

    Session Sponsors

    Coca-Cola
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Breaking Bias

    February 7, 2017, Clemson at Greenville ONE

    This exciting program will be led by Josh Davis, Director of Research at NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Two Awesome Hours. Explore the underpinning biology of bias, and utilize a game-changing framework that mitigates bias by removing it from the process, not people.

    The keynote presentation will be followed by an interactive panel discussion led by Josh Davis. Learn from various local thought leaders in the D&I space about current initiatives underway and how they are measuring the effectiveness of D&I programs.

    See Highlights from the Event

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Josh Davis

    Director of Research, NeuroLeadership Institute

    Dr. Josh Davis is the Director of Research and Lead Professor for the NeuroLeadership Institute. He guides the Institute's work in translating basic science research for business and leadership use and drives strategy for new research content. He lectures frequently both for the NeuroLeadership Institute classes and at conferences and organizational events worldwide.

    He received his bachelor's from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His career began in engineering, from which he transitioned to academic teaching and research about the mind and brain. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation and has taught at New York University, Columbia University, and Barnard College.

    His written work on management and productivity has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Fast Company, Huffington Post, strategy+business, Training + Development, People & Strategy, the NeuroLeadership Journal (which he co-edits), Psychology Today, and others. He is the author of the book Two Awesome Hours: Sciencebased Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done.

    Panelists

    Josh Davis

    Josh Davis
    NeuroLeadership Institute
    Director of Research

    Lee Gill

    Lee Gill
    Clemson University
    Chief Diversity Officer

    Haven Cockerham

    Haven Cockerham
    Cockerham & Associates
    President & CEO

    Ric Ransom

    Ric Ransom
    Greenville Memorial Hospital
    Senior Administrator

    Herb Johnson

    Herb Johnson
    Michelin North America
    Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

    Gail DePriest

    Gail DePriest
    Clemson MBA
    Director of Executive Leadership Development and Corporate Relations

    Session Sponsors

    Greenville Health System
    Ockerham & Associates
    Ogletree Deakins
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Clemson Center for Corporate Learning
Clemson Center for Corporate Learning | 1 North Main Street, 7th Floor, Greenville, SC 29601