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Inaugural Event to Unite S.C. Young Professionals: LeadSC

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business, in conjunction with LeadSC, is pleased to announce the LeadSC Young Professionals Summit, presented by Wal-Mart, September 17-19 at the Marriott Columbia.

This inaugural event will provide young professionals across the state access to a powerhouse lineup of speakers including Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, Diversity Leader Juan Johnson, who served as Coca-Cola’s first VP of Diversity Strategy, CEO of South Carolina Association of Non-Profit Organizations, Madeleine McGee, and Founder & President of Southern Tide, Allen Stephenson, just to name a few.

“LeadSC is a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity where young professional organizations and their members can put competing for jobs, memberships and/or resources to the side, and focus simply on building relationships with, and learning from, each other and top leadership around the state,” said LeadSC Chair Jacob Cook.  The LeadSC vision is to encourage communication, motivation and foster meaningful relationships for a better South Carolina.

After check-in Wednesday evening September 17, development sessions kick off first thing Thursday morning.  Incredible sessions throughout the day include topics such as Personal Branding; Maximizing Your Non-Profit Board Experience; How to Run for Office as a YP; and, South Carolina: Should I Stay or Should I Go, a session that will feature founders and executives of South Carolina startup companies.  In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to not just meet, but actually have lunch with one of the state’s top chief executives. On Friday, September 19, the top-notch sessions continue, until the closing speaker at 12:00p.m., with tracks focused on leadership, diversity, entrepreneurship and law. LeadSC will submit the sessions in the leadership track for HR continuing education certification and the sessions in the legal track for continuing legal education certification.

To ensure relationships built during this exciting Summit continue throughout the year, there is a session for YP organization representatives to share information and collaborate on smaller regional events.  Each YPO is asked to email the name of the representative who will attend the session as soon as possible to Charles Appleby, LeadSC Vice Chair, at Charles.L.Appleby@gmail.com.  It is preferable the representative is a current or incoming executive member of the YPO. However, the YPO also can designate a board member to serve as the representative.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

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