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.
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.
- Human centric design
- Measuring wellness and productivity
- WELL standards and impact on behavior
- Intentional Design, acoustics and organizational solutions
Keynote Speaker: Michael Eckert
WELL AP, Director of Marketing, Milliken
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
Keynote Speaker: Lisë Stewart
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 business 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.
Moderator: Stinson W. Ferguson
Southern Environmental Law Center
SCMEP (South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership)
Clemson University Board of Trustees
President, Retired, Rockwell Automation Power Systems
Dr. Louis B. Lynn
Chairman, ENVIRO AgScience
Chief of Staff, Division of Inclusion & Equity
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 for changing technologies and experience demands from a multi-generational workforce.
Presenters & Panelists
Shareholder and Strategic Practice Leader for Audit and Assurance
Corporate Human Resources, Americas Talent Management Specialist
Moderator: Melissa Vogel
Director, Business Anthropology Program
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
Presenter & Moderator: Erick Herlong
SpanAmerica Medical Systems, Inc
VP of Operations
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Health Management & well-being Specialist, HR Planning
JP (Jack) Ginsberg
Dorn VA Health Care System
PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist and Research Health Scientist
Alison Y. Evans, Psy.D., LPC
South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
Licensed Professional Counselor
United Community Bank
Talent and Organizational Development Manager
Senior Lecturer and Clemson MBA Director Corporate Relations & Executive Leadership
The Quest for Cultural Meaning
December 4, 2018, Greenville ONE Conference Center, 2 West Washington St.
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 is 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
Moderator: Emily Watrous
Chief Human Resources Officer
Exec VP of Personnel and CHRO
Director of Diversity Education
Chief Diversity Officer
What You Need To Know About Blockchain
November 13, 2018, Greenville ONE Conference Center, Washington Street
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.
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.
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.
Panelist: Harold Hughes
Founder & CEO, BANDWAGON
Harold Hughes is a 2008 graduate of Clemson University where he received Bachelors 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.
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 Clemson University IT group supporting high performance and data intensive computing for research. Marcin holds a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from University of Aarhus.
Panelist: Jason Cross, PhD, 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.
America's Future with Marianne Williamson
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4:30 – 8pm, 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.”
Speaker: Marianne Williamson
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.
Successful Collaboration- A Story of Risk Management, Succession Planning & Knowledge Capture and Transfer
June 5, 2018, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Clemson Downtown: ONE building, 5th Floor
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
Moderator: Prashant Prabhu, PhD
Mary Alice Bowers
T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc.
VP of Human Resources
T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc.
VP of Global Sales
MBA Senior Lecturer
Director Executive Leadership & Corporate Relations
Kiva Collaboration, Inc.
Tan Davis Consulting & Facilitation
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.View Dr. Madsen's Presentation
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