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.
Secrets to Successful Mergers & Acquisitions
November 9, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Clemson Downtown: ONE building, 5th Floor
Companies look to mergers and acquisitions to foster innovation and create increased shareholder value, but survey after survey reveals the failure rate is 75% and above. 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 has earned distinction as a member of the Southeast’s Top Ten Most Successful Acquirers, having completed 13 successful mergers in the past 10 years.
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.
Keynote Speaker & Panelist: 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.
Executive Managing Director
Dr. David Furse
Senior Strategy Consultant
Global PMI Partners
Wyche Law Firm
Corporate Attorney M&A
Building an Authentic, Inclusive Culture that Drives Business Results
June 13, 2017, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Clemson Downtown: ONE building, 5th Floor
“Diversity is an integral part of who we are, how we operate and how we see the future.”
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 their 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 the Coca-Cola's leadership team fosters an ongoing dialogue leading to better understanding of their colleagues, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders. Through listening sessions and experiential story-telling and by leveraging intersections 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 with 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.
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.
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Michelin North America
Director, Image and Branding
The Coca-Cola Company
Director, Executive Development
VP Diversity Programs
Diversity & Inclusion: Breaking Bias
February 7, 2017, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Clemson Downtown: ONE building
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 with 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.
Following the program will be an exclusive networking event on the beautiful 5th floor terrace of the One building with hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails.
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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.
Director of Research
Chief Diversity Officer
Cockerham & Associates
President & CEO
Greenville Memorial Hospital
Michelin North America
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Director of Executive Leadership Development and Corporate Relations
$75 registration cost includes networking event with refreshments and hors d' oeuvres.Register Now
|Diversity & Inclusion: Breaking Bias||Feb. 7th, 2017|
|Buliding an Authentic, Inclusive Culture that Drives Business Results||Jun. 13th, 2017|
|Secrets to Successful Mergers & Acquisitions||Nov. 9th, 2017|
Sessions are located at our downtown Greenville location in the ONE building.
Following each session will be an exclusive networking event on the beautiful 5th floor terrace of the One building with hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails.