An Annual Upstate Young Professional Conference
March 23, 2020
Huguenot Mill and Loft
Registration Coming Soon!
THE PURPOSE OF PIQUE
pique: stimulate (interest or curiosity)
Join other young professionals from across the Upstate as we pique your interest for impacting our community and region.
The ten counties of the Upstate, including Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union counties is home to numerous young professionals. Millennials, who are 23-38 years old, are not the new kids on the block anymore—as of 2020, they will make up half of the workforce, with Generation X making up most of the other half. Filling out the edges are Boomers coming to the end of their careers and Gen Z just starting out.
For this reason, Ten at the Top realized the importance of creating an opportunity for young professionals from across the Upstate to connect with each other, meet Upstate business and community leaders, and have access to valuable personal and professional development opportunities. Five years ago, Ten at the Top began hosting an annual regional young leaders event called Pique, with the goal of bringing together existing young professional groups from across the Upstate.
Ten at the Top is a nonprofit that promotes regional collaboration to improve quality of life and economic vitality in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Approximately 300 young leaders from across the ten counties of the Upstate are expected to attend. Ten at the Top board members and executives representing Upstate businesses and organizations will also be in attendance.
Our 2020 Planning Committee has been working hard to make this event a success!
Rebecca Albert, Anderson University
Kristen Beddingfield, Limestone University
Evan Carr, EC Media
Virginia Cebe, Scansource
Jessica Misenderino, AFL
Alex Moore, United Way of the Piedmont
Christopher Nicholas, Ethan Rivers, LLC
Britton Rodgers, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
Mary Pat Smith, Anderson United Way
Reah Smith, Lake Keowee Real Estate
Annie Smith, USC–Union
Details coming soon!
Executive Networking Roundtables (Repeated)
Young leaders have a thirst for knowledge, advice and mentorship. This workshop will feature an interactive session of roundtable networking. Established business and community leaders (executives) from all sectors, regardless of age, will be invited to lead a discussion about how they got where they are, how they found what they needed to successful and the barriers they have overcome to reach success
Negotiating Your Best Career
You know where you are now, and you know where you want to go in your career (or have a general idea, anyway), but do you know how to get there? Whether it’s more money, more leadership, or more work-life balance, it’s important to know what to ask for and how to ask for it in order to reach your goals, and the panelists will talk you through those negotiations.
Moderator: Virginia Cebe, Corporate Communications Project Manager, ScanSource
Steve Hall, Vice President of Business Development, Find Great People
Ken Peterson, Senior Director of Human Resources, ScanSource
Community Engagement: Building Your Career Outside of Your Office
One of the best ways to enhance your resume that has nothing to do with the actual work you do is to be actively engaged in your community. Volunteering, sitting on boards and committees, and other forms of community engagement make you a well-rounded and outward-thinking individual, which is attractive to employers as you move up in your career. But more than that, it’s a great way to grow as a person!
Moderator: Reah Smith, Realtor, Lake Keowee Real Estate
Alan Ethridge, Executive Director, Metropolitan Arts Council
Corie Culp, Community and Public Relations Manager, AFL
Conflict Management: Effective Communication for a Peaceful Workplace
Workplace communication can be tricky business—differing personalities, personal and professional competition, and conflicting priorities lead to unproductive communication and sometimes conflict and strained relationships. The professionals on this panel will talk about strategies for navigating those challenges and creating a peaceful workplace for yourself and your co-workers.
Moderator: Alex Moore, Director of Marketing and Communications, United Way of the Piedmont
Leesa Owens, Director of Leadership Development, Michelin North America
Details coming soon!
Sallie Holder is a nationally recognized public speaker and trainer and has spent the last fifteen years speaking and training on a variety of topics to help businesses, employees, & entrepreneurs achieve their highest level of success. Sallie is an energetic and dynamic speaker who leaves her audience
feeling motivated to take action. Her presentations are filled with tactical tools that can immediately be incorporated into your business to produce results. These tools come from her years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world and are not simply abstract theories.
She began her speaking/training career while practicing law, where she quickly became a sought-after speaker by human resource practitioners, companies, and others interested in topics related to bettering the employer/employee relationship. After ten years in practice (and hundreds of speeches later), Sallie became an entrepreneur, starting her own business in sales and coaching. She has trained more than 300 women around the world on sales strategies & how to effectively build their own business. She
has led workshops, weekend retreats, and breakout sessions and given keynote speeches on topics such as time management, business development, leadership, and how to sell. Now Sallie is dedicated to using her unique skills & understanding of business, entrepreneurship & sales to provide speeches and training those looking to achieve a greater level of success in their business.
Executive Networking Roundtables
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. For this reason, we are asking executives of any age to participate in the PIQUE to network, answer questions and make connections with future leaders of the Upstate.
2020 executives coming soon!
Why should you consider sponsoring #thePIQUE2020?
Our past sponsors were able to support a great event while gaining exposure to a large audience of motivated young leaders. We have sponsorship packages that fit everyone’s budget and need your help to put on a great event.
Do I have to be a member of one of the partner organizations to attend?
No, we welcome anyone that is interested in attending.
I represent a young professional organization. How do I sign on as a partner organization?
Please email Sharon Purvis (email@example.com) for information about becoming a partner organization. Becoming a partner organization will allow your members to select your group in the registration process, allowing your group to receive $5 for each ticket sold to one of your members. It’s an easy process to sign on, so what are you waiting for?
How do I make sure my young professional group gets their $5 kickback?
When you register, select the name of your YP group. We’ll do all the other work behind the scenes.
What if my YP group isn’t listed?
If you don’t see your YP group listed, then they haven’t signed on as a partner organization. Let us know they’re missing so we can get them signed on for next year.
Where do I register?
Registration link coming soon!
Who can attend the event?
Anyone! You don’t need to be part of a young professional group to attend. We consider young professionals to be aged 22–40, but if you feel young, you’re welcome!