Leadership Lab

Innovate. Interact. Inspire.
February 8th-10th, 2017

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Leaders aren't born. They're made. Clemson’s three-day Leadership Laboratory combines experienced, powerful speakers and facilitators with immersive, highly interactive workshops and creative problem-solving exercises. Participants leave better prepared to reach personal leadership goals, as well as effectively solve problems, motivate co-workers, and find real-world solutions.

Today's business environment is faster, more fluid, more competitive than ever. Traditional models constantly change. What is needed are leaders who understand the dynamics of an evolving workplace, provide unique solutions, and sustain productivity to support bottom line. This three-day lab is designed to provide ideas, analysis, and experience, the tools needed to mold anyone into a dynamic leader in today's corporate world.

What You'll Learn

Learn and practice leadership skills needed to:

  • Design a Magnetic Corporate Culture
  • Drive Innovation through Ideas, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Discover Customer Needs and Attract Resources
  • Maximize Generational Assets
  • Master Fluent Storytelling

How You'll Learn

As in laboratories around the world, you will hypothesize, experiment, quantify, analyze, and problem solve by means of:

  • Powerful Story Sharing
  • Case Studies
  • Role Playing and Improvisation
  • Mindful Reflection and Journaling
  • Blueprinting and Mind-Mapping
  • Workshops and Toolkit Building


Session Leader: Josh Davis, PhD.

Management with the brain in mind. A relatively new and powerful motivational technique that can positively impact organizations. The rise of neuroleadership in the workplace is elevating organizational behavior practice and theory to a new standard. It provides solutions for professionals based on science to improve performance, manage diversity and facilitate better learning.

Diversity & Inclusion

Panel Discussion

Session Leaders: Lee Gill, Tan Davis

Learn about the power of collaboration. It's all about inclusion and synergy. "People like to be invited to the dance," regardless of gender, race, beliefs, and cultural affiliations. Everyone likes to be heard. Everyone likes to be a part of a team. Everyone likes to feel useful. And not surprisingly, the more they feel needed and valued, the harder and more productive they will work.

Thinking Styles, Preferences and Team Building

Session Leader: Gail DePriest

This is exciting, comprehensive class takes into consideration the four quadrants of whole-brain thinking. It champions the synchronizing of the Intellectual, Intuitive, Rational, and Instinctive parts of the human mind as it applies to leadership and team building. Participants will learn about and complete the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®) and how that applies to decision-making and interaction.

EQ & Storytelling, Conflict Resolution

Session Leaders: Carol Hamilton, Gail DePriest

Did you know that 95% of CEOs have an Emotional Quotient in the top 1%. That is significant because they know how to ready people, and motivate and influence them. This class will explore developing your Emotional Intelligence more fully, and understanding how that relates not only to our story, but the story of others. We all need to understand the importance of storytelling and how that determines and defines our leadership qualities. We will also examine Conflict Resolution, studying specific strategies and tools for managing conflict within teams, and more broadly, within the corporate workplace.

Coaching and Mentoring

Session Leaders: Gail DePriest, Carol Hamilton, Tan Davis

Successful leaders are never stagnant or content—they continue to evolve, develop and sharpen their leadership skills in order to stay relevant and maximize their influence. After all, business success depends on strong leaders with clear, long-term vision. It is critical to growth and improved ROI, both in today and in the future. In this session we will enable you customize your own leadership philosophy to help define your critical role as a leader. As pre-work, you will complete a self-assessment type indicator. You will gain the necessary skills for recruitment, development, negotiations, evaluations, coaching, and more.

Organizational Change Agility and Strategy

Session Leaders: John Warner, Kim Pitman

With any kind of change comes stress and a certain degree of uncertainty. This is especially true in the workplace, where individuals can feel threatened or uncertain about the future and their role within the company. We will discuss how to manage and navigate organizational change, how it can both determine, and be determined by, strategic vision, and what strategies are best suited for facilitating adoption and adaption.

Culture Creation

Session Leaders: Toby Stansell, Tami Corbin, Joe Erwin, Shannon Wilbanks

Perhaps nothing is more critical to success or failure than a company's corporate culture. One’s culture is deeply impactful and can foster positive characteristics, such as collaboration and teamwork, or negative ones, such as fear, distrust, and isolation. This intensive class will explore the dynamics of corporate culture and how great leaders create environments that promote innovation and success, all within a healthy, collaborative environment.

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.

- NeuroLeadership

Tami Corbin

Director, Talent Development, Elliott Davis Decosimo

Tami Corbin brings 30 years of Human Resources experience spanning the industries of entertainment & television networks, hotels, casinos, gaming technology, sports entertainment and non-profit work. Tami has held executive leadership positions in human resources for The Walt Disney Company, Marriott International, Wyndham Worldwide and International Game Technology. She is the Director, Talent Development for Elliott Davis Decosimo.

Her human resources expertise is creating and executing human resource strategies; leadership development & talent acquisition.

Tami holds a Master of Science degree from Southern Methodist University, a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University and an Executive Master of Business Certification from Simmons College.

- Culture Creation

Carol Hamilton

Senior Communication Consultant, Red Fox Road

Carol Hamilton is a communications consultant with Black Sheep. She began her career as a performance coach to comedians in LA...helping them maximize their stage presence and comedic timing. Today she's a certified professional coach who works with corporate executives and technical experts to enhance their executive presence and communication skills. Her mission is to help complex thinkers share their ideas in a clear and compelling way.

Through private coaching and interactive seminars, Carol has worked with leaders from leading organizations, including: Best Buy, Intran Electronics, Innoventure, Clemson University's Professional Development Program, the MN State Colleges & Universities Association (MNSCU) and numerous other business organizations.

Carol knows a lot about the challenges of being on stage, since she's appeared on many herself, including TEDxGreenville—a platform for creative minds to share their knowledge and passion on a variety of topics which are recorded and available for viewing on TEDxGreenville.org. She has also been a guest on numerous television and radio talk shows.

- EQ & Storytelling
- Conflict Resolution
- Coaching and Mentoring

Shannon Wilbanks

Managing Partner, Erwin Creates and Endeavor

Shannon Wilbanks is the Managing Partner of Erwin Creates and Endeavor, and prior to that, served as Erwin Penland's Sr. Vice President of Business Development for 15 years. Shannon began her career as an intern for U.S Senator Fritz Hollings, was offered a permanent position after 3 months, and ended up working for the Senator for next 9 years. Most of that time was on Capitol Hill, reporting to the Senator and Chief of Staff on everything from constituent service to legislation to Inauguration activities. In 1993, ready to return to South Carolina, she moved to Greenville to work with the President and Board of the Greenville Chamber — where her focus was again on relationships and customer service — and where she first met Joe Erwin. Years later, Joe recruited Shannon to serve as Erwin Penland's first permanent Business Development employee, leading the new business “courtship” process and managing the internal teams whose work would grow the agency’s employee base and client roster. In 2006, she was added to Erwin Penland's core leadership team. When Joe began formulating plans for his “post-agency life” in 2015, Shannon was his first phone call, and with other members of the Endeavor team, they developed and brought to life Greenville’s business-building community for creative professionals.

- Culture Creation

Joe Erwin

President, Erwin Creates and Endeavor

Entrepreneur Joe Erwin is the co-founder and former President of marketing agency Erwin Penland, the co-founder of Clemson University’s Erwin Center for Brand Communications, and as President of Erwin Creates, recently opened Endeavor, a collaborative co-working community for creative services professionals. After graduating from Clemson, Joe began his career in Greenville but soon moved to New York to join one of the largest marketing agencies of that time. He and his wife Gretchen – also a marketing professional – returned to Greenville in 1986 to open Erwin Penland with one account and two employees, and over the next 30 years grew it to more than 400 people, with offices in Greenville and New York and a client roster that included Verizon Wireless, LLBean, Denny’s and DisneyXD. The agency was known for its dedication to “Helping Create Success for the People We Touch,” reflecting Joe’s lifelong commitment to customer service, community service, diversity and inclusion. Joe has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the South Carolina Special Olympics, the Governor’s Commission on Teacher Quality, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the 4A’s Foundation (which he chairs) – and of course, Clemson University’s Erwin Center for Brand Communications.

- Culture Creation

Gail DePriest

Director of Education & Training Project Leader, Clemson Center for Corporate Learning

Gail is a certified Master Coach and teaches innovation and creativity, advanced leadership as well as a global leadership class in the Clemson MBA program at Oxford.

For over fifteen years she has advised Fortune 500 companies during times of transition and helped top ranked business schools create career management programs.

- Thinking Styles and Preferences and Team Building
- EQ & Storytelling
- Conflict Resolution
- Coaching and Mentoring

G. T. "Toby" Stansell

President and COO, Acumen IT

G. T. "Toby" Stansell has served and continues to serve in an executive management role for high-impact, fast-growth companies, primarily in the arenas of supply chain planning and execution, information technology, and enterprise software. His ability to leverage and apply technology to automate manual processes, streamline workflow across supply chains/networks, and improve information access, availability and delivery has enabled companies of all shapes and sizes to make better business decisions faster, leverage their competitive advantages, and maximize profitability.

- Culture Creation

Tan Kirby Davis

Succession Management Project Leader, Clemson Center for Corporate Learning

Tan is a seasoned HR professional with over thirty years of both corporate and consulting experience in the areas of designing, developing and implementing high impact initiatives in leadership development, change management, strategic planning and strategic diversity.

Working Women's Magazine recognized her firm for Entrepreneurial Excellence for the Southeastern Region.

- Diversity & Inclusion, Coaching and Mentoring

John Warner

CEO, Concepts to Companies, LLC

John Warner is CEO of Concepts to Companies, LLC, through which he co-founded Accessible Diagnostics, LLC, and is a seed investor and director in Recovr, Inc. John is also founder of InnoVenture, LLC, co-founder of Hoowaki, LLC, publisher of SwampFox, and a widely recognized leader of the southeastern entrepreneurial community. He co-founded Capital Insight, an angel capital fund, and was chairman of its most successful portfolio company, Earth Fare, the nation's second largest organic grocery chain. John also formerly served as vice president of strategy and communications for KEMET. He began his career with KPMG.

John graduated from Clemson University with a BS in accounting, and earned his master's in accountancy from the University of Georgia. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

- Change Agility and Strategy

Rick Joye

Rick Joye

Michelin North America

Rick Joye received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clemson in 1997 and an MBA from Clemson in 2007. A longtime executive at Michelin North America, Rick has held numerous leadership roles and is currently a supply chain manager, responsible for the direction of nine manufacturing plants throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. From transforming the industrial supply chain to managing the Greenville plant through the 2008 economic downturn, Rick has had a significant impact on Michelin's business throughout his career.

- The Importance of Sponsorship, and How to Attract It.

Kim Pitman

Kim Pitman took over as Executive Director of the Greenville Humane Society (GHS) in December 2007 after the organization had been financially mismanaged and was in the red. Kim has led the financial and strategic turn-around of this not-for-profit which is now recognized as the second largest no-kill facility in the Southeast (just behind Atlanta).

Kim has strategically positioned GHS to deliver high quality, low cost adoption and clinic services to the public. She significantly expanded outreach in the community, partnering with over 100 Greenville-area not for profits, hospitals, retirement communities, nursing homes and public/private schools.


Lee Gill

Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusive Excellence, Clemson University

Mr. Gill brings more than 25 years of private and public sector experience working with major corporate executives, law firm executive committees, hospital administrators, and college presidents. Lee Gill's passionate belief is that no organization can afford not to harness the rainbow of demographic change for a competitive advantage. As he views it, "The Business Case for Diversity" is akin to the education process, "learn it well and be rewarded. Fail to learn it and be left behind."

Lee received his B.A. degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and his Juris Doctor Degree in law from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL.

In March 2008, Mr. Gill was appointed as The University of Akron's first Associate Vice President for Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Officer. In that role, he directs outreach efforts to diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and community members developing mentoring programs, workshops, and seminars that raise cultural awareness, expand cultural competencies, and bring about a greater understanding and valuing of differences in people.

On April 18, 2016, Mr. Gill was appointed as the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusive Excellence at Clemson University.

He serves on numerous boards of directors including the Upstate Urban League, NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education), the National Conference of Artists, and Hispanic Alliance. In 2014 he received the National Diversity Visionary Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for his significant contributions to diversity in higher education.

- Diversity & Inclusion

Nan Johnston

Director, Clemson Center for Corporate Learning

Nan Johnston is the Director of the Clemson Center for Corporate Learning, a continuing education and professional development provider for the business community. With over 15 years of experience in enrollment and adult education, she also has extensive marketing and advertising experience, having worked in ad agencies in Los Angeles and in Greenville. She collaborates with university partners and the business community to design, develop and facilitate transformative continuing education programs that help professionals and companies innovate and succeed. Hiking and gardening keep her sane, and her family keeps her happy. And of course, her world revolves around Roscoe, the rescue dog, her very favorite therapist.

Greg Pickett

Associate Dean, CBBS

Greg holds a Ph.D., and is now Senior Associate Dean and chair of the Clemson MBA programs the downtown GreenvilleONE campus. In this role, he is responsible for the continued development and operation of the college's initiatives in downtown Greenville including the MBA program, the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Center for Corporate Learning. Prior to this appointment, Pickett served as professor and chair of the University's Department of Marketing for 10 years. In this role, Pickett was instrumental in developing a variety of innovative programs, which, in part, have led to departmental recognition by Clemson students three times as "best major on campus." Pickett helped developed a unique leadership program for its students and several challenging undergraduate research experiences funded by external sources that linked communities, nonprofit organizations and businesses to faculty and student talent.


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$1,500 per person

  • Three days of learning
  • Hours: Wed. 8AM-5PM / Thurs. 8AM-5 / Fri. 8AM-2PM
  • Located at our state-of-the-art One Main facility
  • Parking provided
  • Breakfast and lunch provided

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