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.
Attract & Retain Talent by Leading Meaningful Change
January 12, 2018, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Clemson Downtown: ONE building, 5th Floor
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 community. 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 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.
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.
Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Sims
Professor, Clemson University
Leigh Family of Companies
Director of Human Resources & Public Relations
Leadership Development Manager at United Community Bank
Greenville Health System
Vice President for Culture and Learning and System Chief Learning Officer
Acquirer Success Stories
November 9, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, The ONE Conference Center, 2 West Washington, 2nd Floor
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.
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.
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, 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.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Business Development
Executive Managing Director
Global PMI Partners
Corporate M&A Attorney
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
$15 registration cost includes breakfast for morning sessions or refreshments and hors d' oeuvres for afternoon sessions.Register Now
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Sessions are located at our downtown Greenville location in the ONE building.