Ten at the Top’s (TATT) signature young professional event, Pique, will be held on March 23rd at the Huguenot Mill and Loft in downtown Greenville, with ScanSource as the presenting sponsor. The keynote speaker will be Greenville author Sallie Holder, whose book, Hitting Rock Middle: The Roadmap from Empty Success to True Fulfillment, was released in January of this year.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of South Carolina Law School, Holder previously served as an attorney at Ogletree Deakins Law Firm and lives in Greenville. In addition to her recently released book, Sallie is a dynamic speaker who leaves audiences with the tools they need to make the changes they desire. She’s an expert on leadership, teams, change management, mindset, and motivation.
The material in the book comes from Holder’s own personal experience. After experiencing early success as a young attorney and other corporate positions—named a “Top Professional of the Year,” she had a six-figure income and enjoyed what society sees as a successful lifestyle—she coined the term “Hitting Rock Middle” to describe her feelings of dissatisfaction and emptiness.
Now an entrepreneur, business coach, and author, she has created a step-by-step plan to help others create a path to their greatest potential with true fulfillment and success. She shares that plan in her book, and she will speak to the young professionals at Pique about those themes. Holder’s books will be on sale at the event, and she will be available to sign the books.
“I am thrilled to have Sallie Holder on board as our keynote speaker for this year’s Pique conference,” said Virginia Cebe, a ScanSource employee, President of the ScanSource Charitable Foundation, and member of TATT’s Pique planning committee. “As a Greenville native, Sallie’s connection to the Upstate is strong. I truly believe that her primary message focused on ‘Hitting Rock Middle’ will empower the young professionals attending this conference to take their careers to new heights.”
Her speech will wrap up an afternoon event with panel sessions, executive roundtables, a LinkedIn Lounge where attendees can have a professional headshot made, and plenty of opportunity for networking for the Upstate’s young professionals.
Registration and networking begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd, at Huguenot Mill and Loft (101 West Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29601), with the event beginning at 2:00 p.m. A networking reception will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. For more information, visit the website or contact Sharon Purvis.
Position: Program and Events Coordinator
The mission of Ten at the Top is to foster collaboration and increase collective capacity across the 10-county Upstate SC region around issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life. The Program & Events Coordinator is responsible for coordinating, facilitating, and implementing meetings, initiatives, activities, and programs focused around key regional issues within the five driver areas of the Our Upstate Vision. In addition, the Program & Events Coordinator will serve as the staff lead around the execution of TATT’s signature regional events.
- Coordinate, plan, and execute regular meetings and activities for committees around initiatives and driver areas.
- Maintain regular communication with committee members and other volunteers.
- Conduct research related to projects, initiatives, and driver areas.
- Build relationships with stakeholders in initiatives.
- Write program summaries, press releases, and support material as needed.
- Update web site components with information related to initiatives and committee work as needed.
- Serve as the primary coordinator for regional events with 300+ attendees.
- Represent the organization in a professional manner at meetings and community events.
- Be available to attend occasional early morning or evening events, as well as some travel across the Upstate.
- Promote events and related information on Ten at the Top’s social media outlets, in coordination with Communications Director.
- Assist with execution of in-house publications, managing databases and other projects as needed.
- Full-time 40-hour per week salaried position
- Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000 (depending on experience and background)
- Benefits include company health insurance, paid vacation, cell phone stipend, and paid holidays
- Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum of three years of full-time work experience in a professional setting
- Experience coordinating workgroups, volunteers, or committees
- Involvement in the execution of medium and large events
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
- Writing and editing proficiency
- Attention to detail and the ability to produce quality work in a timely manner
- Ability to manage multiple projects or initiatives at one time
- Ability to work independently and accomplish tasks with minimal daily supervision
- Ability to work collaboratively in an office setting
- Strong organizational, customer service, and networking skills
- Experience with graphic and web design programs preferred but not required
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:
Ten at the Top’s (TATT) signature young professional event, Pique, will be held on March 23rd at the Huguenot Mill and Loft in downtown Greenville, with ScanSource as the presenting sponsor. The event focuses on connecting young professionals across the Upstate, giving them opportunities to network as well as to hear from experts on topics that are relevant to their working lives.
In this 5th year of Pique, the program will feature 3 breakout panel sessions along with executive roundtables, a LinkedIn Lounge, and keynote speaker Sallie Holder. Additionally, there will be plenty of opportunity for networking, sharing ideas, and discussion of future collaboration.
During each of three breakout sessions, attendees will have four choices: one of two panel sessions, the executive roundtables, or the LinkedIn Lounge, sponsored by AFL, where they will have an opportunity to have a professional headshot done.
There will be three panels, each running twice to give attendees the option of hearing them all if they choose. The first, “Negotiating Your Best Career,” will focus on knowing what to ask for in order to achieve professional goals; in the second, “Community Engagement: Building Your Career Outside of Your Office,” panelists will talk about how community engagement can help you become a well-rounded and outward-thinking individual; and the third, “Conflict Management: Effective Communication for a Peaceful Workplace” touches on a topic that can be challenging at any age.
For many young leaders who want to make an impact on their local community, one major barrier is having access to current decision makers who are helping shape the region. Pique hopes to foster collaboration and bridge the gaps between young professionals and the Upstate’s top executives through the executive roundtables that have been a very popular feature of past Pique events.
Local author Sallie Holder will be the keynote speaker. Her book, Rock Middle: The Roadmap from Empty Success to True Fulfillment, was released in January, and copies will be available for sale at the event.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of South Carolina Law School, Holder previously served as an attorney at Ogletree Deakins Law Firm and lives in Greenville. She coined the phrase “Hitting Rock Middle™” and the revolutionary BE BOLDER strategy to help people create their biggest, boldest, most successful careers. In addition to her recently released book, Sallie is a dynamic speaker who leaves audiences with the tools they need to make the changes they desire. She’s an expert on leadership, teams, change management, mindset, and motivation.
Following her talk, attendees will head to the reception, which will once again be catered by Cribbs Catering.
Registration and networking begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd, at Huguenot Mill and Loft (101 West Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29601), with the event beginning at 2:00 p.m. The reception will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here; click here for complete information. Contact Sharon Purvis at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Ten at the Top is pleased to announce the addition of 20 new board members for the 2020-2022 term. Many of them (pictured at right) participated in the TATT New Board Member orientation on January 27th. They join existing members to form the governing board for the 10-county non-profit organization.
New Members to the TATT board are:
Justin Benfield, CEO, Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital
Derham Cole, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, USC Upstate
Dr. Galen DeHay, Preisdent, Tri-County Technical College
Jeff Field, Executive Director, Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission
David Hammond, Marketing Specialist, Laurens Electric Cooperative
Dr. Eli Hestermann, Executive Dir., Furman University Institute for the Advancement of Community Health
Missy House, City Administrator, City of Inman
Heather Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Greenwood Partnership Alliance
Mustan Kapasi, President, Kapasi Glass
Kyra Lobbins, Associate Deputy Chief of Staff, Clemson University
Mark McKinney, General Manager, Cintas Corporation
Adela Mendoza, President & CEO, Hispanic Alliance
Amanda Munyan, President, Laurens County Chamber of Commerce
Michael Nail, Attorney, Ogletree, Deakins Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Carlos Phillips, President & CEO, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce
Tim Self, Executive Director, AnMed Health Foundation
Allen Smith, President & CEO, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Annie Smith, Marketing & Development Director, USC Union
Wendy Walden, Associate Vice President for Executive Affairs, Greenville Technical College
John Wright Jr., Principal, McCoy Wright Commercial Real Estate
The TATT Board of Directors is composed of public, private and civic leaders from across the 10-county Upstate region. TATT board members are charged with representing the region and their community in fostering trust and collaboration across the region on issues of regional significance, serving as an advocate for regional thinking within their specific city or county, assisting TATT in engaging elected officials, business and community leaders, and supporting general organizational functions.
At the invitation of Tony Brown, the executive director of Envision Williamston, I spent a couple of hours earlier this week in a town I had never visited before and didn’t know much about—Williamston, which used to be called Mineral Springs.
On the eastern edge of Anderson County, between Belton and Pelzer, sits the town of 4100 people with a familiar history—one of textile manufacturing that was once the lifeblood of the town, but now it’s more of a bedroom community for Greenville or Anderson.
It’s a town that has a lot going for it, though.
While a lot of towns talk about how to incorporate green space in their downtown areas, Williamston’s downtown is built around Mineral Spring Park. With picnic shelters, a playground, a stage, and plenty of open space, the park is used for recreation and events, and a paved path around and through the park is perfect for strollers, bicycles, wheelchairs, or walking shoes.
Joining up with the park’s path is a paved trail that follows Big Creek to an old water treatment plant, making a mile of walking trail. A colorful mural depicting people enjoying the trail covers the side of the treatment plant building.
The mineral spring for which the park (and originally the town) is named was discovered by the town’s founder, West Allen Williams, and is said to have healing powers. As word of the medicinal waters spread, a hotel was built to accommodate the people who came to the “Saratoga of the South” to seek relief for a variety of ailments. The hotel was the largest building in the state at the time, but it was destroyed by fire in 1861.
The site of that hotel is now the town’s municipal building, which previously housed several different of the town’s schools—it certainly has the feel of an old school.
But before the present building was erected in the late 1930s, another building stood on the property: The Williamston Female College, founded by Dr. Samuel Lander. That institution eventually moved to Greenwood and was renamed Lander University, and the building once more became a hotel.
Brown envisions a lot for the town, talking enthusiastically about possibilities for a couple of abandoned buildings across from the park and how youth sports could make the difference when families are looking for a place to settle down. His vision is to draw people who are driving from Greenville to Clemson or coming to Williamson’s events not just to stop for a visit, but to see Williamston as a place to live or even to open a business.
by Sharon Purvis
by Dean Hybl
I was recently asked what I thought would be the economic and community focus for the Upstate region in 2020 and the new decade. As I formulated my answer, I recognized that one important component of predicting the future is understanding and analyzing the recent past.
With WSPA’s Amy Wood and Ben Hoover talking about growth in the region
Given that the current unemployment rate in South Carolina is under three percent, it is a bit hard to remember that when we started the previous decade the rate of unemployment in South Carolina and the nation was over 10 percent.
As you would imagine, because of the high unemployment rate at the time, the emphasis in the Upstate was to bring jobs to the region. Thanks to the great work of local, regional and state economic development organizations and many key partners, the Upstate saw more than $17 billion of new manufacturing investment over the past decade, resulting in many jobs that have helped cut the unemployment rate to record lows.
Now, as we move into 2020 and the new decade, the challenge is finding workers to fill the available jobs across the Upstate. The result is a shift in the primary
Photo courtesy of Itron, a technology and services company in West Union, SC
focus from attracting jobs (though our region is always happy to welcome a new company and investment) to developing, attracting and retaining talent while also reducing the barriers to employment for people living in the Upstate who are unemployed or under-employed.
Fortunately, the Upstate is well positioned for this shift in focus as our region has many programs and initiatives either in place or being developed to help address some of the key barriers that are keeping every Upstate resident from reaching their greatest potential.
There are many barriers impacting the ability for some residents to succeed, but below are three of the primary ones:
- Education/skill training
- Cost of housing outpacing wage increases (especially in the urban & suburban core)
The Upstate SC Alliance’s Move Up campaign is focused on talent attraction to the Upstate. Click the image to visit their site.
In many ways, I believe the level of collective success enjoyed across the Upstate over the next decade will be predicated on how our communities and region address and impact these three key challenges. Each one has many components, some of which are being actively addressed and others that are part of the roadmap for the future. Below are a few of the opportunities to help in developing, attracting and retaining talent while also focusing on reducing barriers to employment:
- Regional transit connectivity—increased investment in transportation (roads, public transit, others)
- Continued investment/emphasis by local communities in quality of life and creating a sense of place
- Expanding job opportunities for people with disabilities and nonviolent criminal records
- Continued emphasis by K–12 schools, technical colleges & 4-year colleges/universities on preparing students for current and future professions
- Addressing the K–12 teacher shortage by elevating the teaching profession (financially, status of profession, opportunities for career changers)
- Focus on cultivating entrepreneurs and small business ownership in region
- Creating greater awareness and understanding of the potential impacts of the “Silver Tsunami” in which 25% of Upstate residents will be over the age of 65 by 2030
Greenlink is a key partner in the newly formed Upstate Mobility Alliance
As a convener and connector focused on growing our collective regional capacity, Ten at the Top is engaged with a wide range of Upstate partners as we look at addressing our barriers, challenges and opportunities. If you are interested in becoming involved with TATT or other organizations working to impact barriers and challenges across the Upstate, please feel free to contact me (email@example.com) or our Collective Capacity Coordinator Kaylee Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org).