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Next Session: November 9, 2017

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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.

The Sessions


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.

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$75 registration cost includes networking event with refreshments and hors d' oeuvres.

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Join us for a executive networking social prior to the program and following the conclusion of the panel discussion. Beer, wine, and light refreshments will be served.


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.

Jagtar Narula

Panelists

Hagen Rogers

Hagen Rogers

Watermark Advisors
Executive Managing Director

Dr. David Furse

Dr. David Furse

Watermark Advisors
Senior Strategy Consultant

Scott Whitaker

Scott Whitaker

Global PMI Partners
Partner

Andrew Coburn

Andrew Coburn

Wyche Law Firm
Corporate Attorney M&A


Session Sponsors

Coca-Cola


“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 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.

Alan Brewer

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


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.


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

Ockerham & Associates
Ogletree Deakins

Registration

$75 registration cost includes networking event with refreshments and hors d' oeuvres.

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2017 Schedule

TopicDate
Diversity & Inclusion: Breaking BiasFeb. 7th, 2017
Buliding an Authentic, Inclusive Culture that Drives Business ResultsJun. 13th, 2017
Secrets to Successful Mergers & AcquisitionsNov. 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.

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