Upstate Women in Leadership Conference

Hosted by Converse College

Thursday and Friday, June 20-21, 2019

Strategies for Personal Development
and Professional Growth

CONVERSE COLLEGE
Barnet Room, Montomery Building
Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Schedule

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

Time Event
8:00am - 8:30am Registration (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Coffee and Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Cynthia Sisk, MA, BCC, President, Nara Coaching and Consulting, Co-Chair, UWIL
Krista Newkirk, JD, President, Converse College
9:00am - 10:00am Knowing Your Value (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Phyllis Harris, Chair, Converse College Board of Trustees and General Counsel, American Red Cross

Ms. Harris’ presentation will provide a brief overview of her journey and key events that shaped her and “to “know my value.”
10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:15am Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur? (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Moderator: Cynthia Sisk, MA, BCC, President, Nara Coaching and Consulting
Panel Participants:
Liberty Canzater, Owner, Butterfly Foundation
Molly Cashman, Chief Marketing Officer, Blue Moon Specialty Foods
Brittany L. Jones, MS, RD, LD, CEO, Brittany Jones Nutrition Group Owner
Melissa Walker, Ph.D., President, Heyday Coaching, LLC

Join this interactive discussion with local female entrepreneurs about what it takes to be a successful womanpreneur in 2019. Panel participants will share lessons learned and offer insights for anyone considering a side hustle or a career overhaul and whether you have the growth mindset necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.
11:15am - 12:15pm Daring to Thrive (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Jennifer Rackley Chacon, CPC, Founder and CEO Dare to Thrive

Can a woman really "have it all?" And what does that even mean? We imagine we either need super powers or to completely sacrifice some area of life to have a career. So let's explore what would it mean for you to "dare to thrive" and learn how do you shift your mindset to create harmony in health, work and life - for you and the women with whom you work.
12:15pm - 1:30pm Networking Luncheon (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
1:30pm - 2:30pm Yoga for Self-Care (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Katy Skye Corbin, RYT 200, Owner, Yogalicious Yoga Studio

Join Katy to practice strengthening important connections: community and the mind-body linking of breath, movement and intention. She will share techniques to move, relax, heal and be present for each moment. Take a break from the day to check in, align and practice letting go of all which does not leave you free to lead your best life.
2:30pm - 3:30pm BREAKOUTS
Winning at Social Media and Branding Yourself (Room #217, Kuhn Hall)
Rachel Hansen, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, Polydeck

Whether you are looking for a job, own your own business, haven't quite figured out the hashtag, or you're nailing it on Social Media, this session will help you expand your reach, grow your numbers, and give you some BOMB tips on your Social Media and Branding Strategy.
Grant Writing Essentials (Room #215, Kuhn Hall)
Elena Prybil Rush, GPC, President, The Pribyl Group

Grant Writing Essentials is an introduction to grant writing and addresses the specific reasons for grant writing, the grant cycle, grant readiness, and what grant makers are looking for. Participants will also learn about the attributes of a fundable project, funding analysis and research, and elements of a proposal narrative and budget.
Leadership Development in Self and Others (Lever Auditorium, Kuhn Hall)
Lienne Medford, EdD, Dean of Education and Graduate Studies, Converse College

A look at some current leadership theories and their practical applications in analyzing and developing your own leadership characteristics and those of others around you.
3:30pm - 4:30pm Reception (Dalton Lobby, Wilson Hall)

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019

Time Event
8:30 - 9:00am Coffee and Continental Breakfast (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
9:00am - 10:00am Panel - Engaging Men as Advocates for Women's Leadership (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Moderator - Amanda Smith, Director of Professional Development and Employer Relations, Converse College
Scott Cochran, President, Spartanburg Methodist College
W. Lewis Glenn, Partner, Milazzo, Schaffer, Webb Law, PLLD
Craig Haydamack, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Milliken & Company
Julius Tolbert, Executive Restaurant Consultant, Cornbread Consulting Firm, Inc.

This panel will explore ways that men can be advocates for women’s leadership both professionally and personally. We will discuss men’s responsibility to educate other men about gender bias, and how to navigate conversations with both older and younger generations around these issues.
10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:15am A New View of Balance for Women in Leadership (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Lisa Giaimo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, OTO Development

What does “balance” mean to women leaders? This presentation will challenge the common assumptions of balancing responsibilities for work, family and relationships for modern women leaders and share insights for an innovative view of time and resource allocation.
11:15am - 12:15pm Mastering The Jungle Gym: Embracing a Non-Linear Life and Career Path (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Kimberly V. Kent, CEO KentWool

So few working professionals are doing today exactly what they expected to be doing today. I am no different. Others have said it but I have lived it - your life and career path can be more akin to a jungle gym than a ladder. Research shows that not only can your career path be non-linear but perhaps it SHOULD be non-linear. The unexpected climb from one career to another, up to the top of one department, and perhaps down again due to a merger. These happenings are reflective of the path of so many of our professional experiences and offer development opportunities beyond those we think we need. Mastering that jungle gym and ditching the ladder is the exact metaphor for my life. While my story is not unique, I’ll discuss my lessons learned when faced with unexpected opportunities and challenges along my journey as I have embraced my non-linear path.
12:15pm - 1:30pm Networking Luncheon (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
1:30pm - 2:30pm BREAKOUTS
Winning at Social Media and Branding Yourself (Room #217, Kuhn Hall)
Rachel Hansen, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, Polydeck

Whether you are looking for a job, own your own business, haven't quite figured out the hashtag, or you're nailing it on Social Media, this session will help you expand your reach, grow your numbers, and give you some BOMB tips on your Social Media and Branding Strategy.

Grant Writing Essentials (Room #215, Kuhn Hall)
Elena Prybil Rush, GPC, President, The Pribyl Group

Grant Writing Essentials is an introduction to grant writing and addresses the specific reasons for grant writing, the grant cycle, grant readiness, and what grant makers are looking for. Participants will also learn about the attributes of a fundable project, funding analysis and research, and elements of a proposal narrative and budget.
Leadership Development in Self and Others (Lever Auditorium, Kuhn Hall)
Lienne Medford, EdD, Dean of Education and Graduate Studies, Converse College


A look at some current leadership theories and their practical applications in analyzing and developing your own leadership characteristics and those of others around you.
2:30pm - 3:30pm Words Matter: Delivering Impactful Messages (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)
Julie Staggs, B Mus, MBA, EdD,(ABD), Founder and Managing Principal, Beyond Theory to Practice

In our fast-paced, constant flow of information and input world today being thoughtful, intentional, and specific about aligning our message to different audiences matters. With time being at a premium for all of us it is critical that our communications have impact and realize outcomes. This session will provide key best practices and tools to enhance your effectiveness in all your communications.
3:30pm - 4:00pm Wrap up and Conclusion (Barnet Room, Montgomery Student Center)

Speakers

Jennifer Rackley Chacon

Jennifer Rackley Chacon, CPC, Keynote, Thursday, 11:15am
Jennifer Chacon is a learning obsessed, Facebook-aholic, certified professional coach who passionately believes we can all learn to thrive! 20 years into an amazing career with the YMCA, Jen stumbled across the process of coaching and fell head over heels in love. Five years later she has found she especially enjoys working with entrepreneurial and business women to help them thrive in health, work and life.

Daring to Thrive
Can a woman really “have it all?” And what does that even mean? We imagine we either need super powers or to completely sacrifice some area of life to have a career. So let’s explore what would it mean for you to “dare to thrive” and learn how do you shift your mindset to create harmony in health, work and life – for you and the women with whom you work.

Katy Corbin

Katy Corbin, RYT 200 and Owner of Yogalicious Yoga Studio, Keynote, Thursday, 1:30pm
I first practiced yoga while a student at Converse College, with Dr. Jan LeFrancois, a psychology professor and certified Iyengar instructor. The peace and focus I found after that first practice was immense. When I returned to Spartanburg in 2004, I found Yogalicious and experienced my first yoga studio. Whenever possible, I enjoy the beauty of the Upstate, walking my dogs, sipping tea, dancing with our daughter and cooking healthy meals for my family and friends.

Presentation – Yoga for Self-Care
Join Katy to practice strengthening important connections: community and the mind-body linking of breath, movement and intention. She will share techniques to  move, relax, heal and be present for each moment. Take a break from the day to check in, align and practice letting go of all which does not leave you free to lead your best life.

Lisa Giaimo

Lisa Giaimo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing OTO Development, Keynote, Friday, 10:15am
Lisa Giaimo is Vice President Sales and Marketing. Lisa joined OTO in December 2012, bringing over 20 years of hospitality industry experience, with a career spanning a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including general manager, regional manager, franchise service director, director of field sales and marketing, and senior director, franchise services and vice president, sales and marketing. Immediately prior to joining OTO Development, Lisa served as vice president of sales and marketing for a midsized hospitality company in Minnesota. Lisa is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Fontbonne University with a master’s degree in Management.

Presentation – A New View of Balance for Women in Leadership
What does “balance” mean to women leaders?  This presentation will challenge the common assumptions of balancing responsibilities for work, family and relationships for modern women leaders and share insights for an innovative view of time and resource allocation.

Phyllis Harris

Phyllis Harris, Keynote, Thursday, 9:00am
Phyllis Harris is the General Counsel for the American Red Cross.  Phyllis has had an illustrious career for over thirty years in the public, private and now nonprofit sectors at the US Environmental Protection Agency,  Walmart Inc. and the Red Cross.  In 2011, Ms. Harris received the  Meritorious Executive Award from President George W. Bush as well as recognition from Savoy Magazine and the Diversity Journal on her efforts in diversity and inclusion.  Ms. Harris brings a wealth of experience on Women’s Leadership and “Knowing Your Value” in the workplace.

Presentation – Knowing Your Value
Ms. Harris’ presentation will provide a brief overview of her journey and key events that shaped her and “to “know my value.”

Rachel Hansen

Rachel Hansen, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager at Polydeck

Breakout, Thursday and Friday
Rachel Hansen is the Digital Marketing and Communications Manager at Polydeck. She loves connecting with people through the art of storytelling.  Rachel brings a track record of skillfully leading her teams through organizational change to achieve record-breaking sales numbers both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Polydeck, Rachel led the marketing and communication efforts for Converse College Admissions and the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Rachel is originally from Malaysia, speaks Bahasa fluently, and loves to talk about her home country, especially the food. Rachel is married to Stuart Hansen (a woodworking genius), and together they have 2 hilarious and creative boys.

Breakout – #Winning at Social Media and Branding Yourself
Whether you are looking for a job, own your own business, haven’t quite figured out the hashtag, or you’re nailing it on Social Media, this session will help you expand your reach, grow your numbers, and give you some BOMB tips on your Social Media and Branding Strategy.

Kimberly Kent

Kimberly V. Kent, Keynote, Friday, 11:15am
A graduate of Converse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Kim Kent has spent her professional career working in and around South Carolina government. Prior to joining Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, where she is one of three founding principals, she spent four years with another private consulting group representing a variety of clients, including small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, professional trade associations and specific issue coalitions, on matters before state and local governments.  Prior to contract lobbying, she worked as in house counsel in two large professional associations – first as Vice President for Governmental Relations for the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) and second as Chief Policy Officer of the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA).  She also honed her skills in the economic development arena while she served as Governmental Affairs Director and Assistant General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Commerce.  Combined with her legal training, Kim’s wide range of experience working in the private sector, professional trade associations and state government, gives her a unique ability to represent a variety of clients. Her areas of expertise include health care, economic development tax, environmental, transportation, rail, energy, professional associations and licensing issues, nonprofits, manufacturing, and automotive matters.  Currently, Kim splits her time between Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, which was founded in 2011 and is organized to serve clients’ needs in the legislative, regulatory and public policy arenas, and her late husband’s family business, Kentwool, where she has served as CEO since his unexpected death in 2017.

Presentation – Mastering The Jungle Gym: Embracing a Non-Linear Life and Career Path
So few working professionals are doing today exactly what they expected to be doing today. I am no different. Others have said it but I have lived it –  your life and career path can be more akin to a jungle gym than a ladder. Research shows that not only can your career path be non-linear but perhaps it SHOULD be non-linear. The unexpected climb from one career to another,  up to the top of one department,  and perhaps down again due to a merger. These happenings are reflective of the path of so many of our professional experiences and offer development opportunities beyond those we think we need. Mastering that jungle gym and ditching the ladder is the exact metaphor for my life. While my story is not unique,  I’ll discuss my lessons learned  when faced with unexpected opportunities and challenges along my journey as I have embraced my non-linear path.

Lienne Medford

Lienne Medford, EdD, Dean of Education and Graduate Studies, Converse College, Breakout, Thursday and Friday
Dr. Medford is starting her third year as dean at Converse College. Her previous position was Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University.  In her second year at Converse she developed and implemented the doctorate in Professional Leadership, making Converse a Level 5, doctorate granting, institution.  She teaches Leadership Theory and other courses in the doctoral program. 

Leadership Development in Self and Others
A look at some current leadership theories and their practical applications in analyzing and developing your own leadership characteristics and those of others around you.

Elena Pribyl

Elena Pribyl Rush, GPC, Breakout Thursday and Friday
Elena Pribyl Rush is a certified grants professional (GPC) and president of The Pribyl Group, Inc., a consultancy that provides grant research, writing, management, and reporting services to local governments, school districts, and non-profit organizations.  She consults regularly with executives and practitioners from a variety of fields to help create project designs, budgets, and solutions to community problems.  Elena’s efforts produced more than $35,000,000 in grant funding for employers and clients.

Grant Writing Essentials
Grant Writing Essentials is an introduction to grant writing and addresses the specific reasons for grant writing, the grant cycle, grant readiness, and what grant makers are looking for.  Participants will also learn about the attributes of a fundable project, funding analysis and research, and elements of a proposal narrative and budget.

Cynthia Sisk

Cynthia Sisk, MA, MA OD/Leadership, BBC, President, Nara Coaching and Consulting, UWIL Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Panel Moderator, Thursday, 10:15
Ms. Sisk has nearly 30 years of professional experience as an educator, psychotherapist, coach, healthcare operations leader and restaurant owner. Her current company, Nara Coaching and Consulting, provides executive and leadership coaching and training in Seattle, Dallas, and the Upstate. Her work assists clients develop and leverage leadership capabilities and emotional intelligence while developing career and life strategies to help them thrive. She also consults with organizations striving to improve team engagement and who want to develop a deeper understanding of individual contributions and align workplace culture with organizational mission and values. She integrates mindfulness and strategies to enhance individual well-being in all of her client engagements.

Panel – Do You Have What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur?
Join this interactive discussion with local female entrepreneurs about what it takes to be a successful womanpreneur in 2019. Panel participants will share lessons learned and offer insights for anyone considering a side hustle or a career overhaul and whether you have the growth mindset necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.

Panel Participants:
Liberty Canzater, Owner, Butterfly Foundation
Molly Cashman, Chief Marketing Officer, Blue Moon Specialty Foods,
Brittany L. Jones, MS, RD, LD, CEO, Brittany Jones Nutrition Group Owner
Melissa Walker, Ph.D., President, Heyday Coaching, LLC

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith, Panel Moderator, Friday, 9:00am
Amanda Smith joined Converse College in 2018 as the Director of Career Development and Employer Relations.  Before moving to Spartanburg, Amanda spent 8 years working in program management for youth development organizations in New York City. Amanda was born and raised in New York, and received her B.S. in Business Management and Finance from Villanova University.

Engaging Men as Advocates for Women’s Leadership
This panel will explore ways that men can be advocates for women’s leadership both professionally and personally.  We will discuss men’s responsibility to educate other men about gender bias, and how to navigate conversations with both older and younger generations around these issues.

Panel Participants:
Craig Haydamack, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Milliken & Company
Julius Tolbert, Executive Restaurant Consultant, Cornbread Consulting Firm Inc
Lewis Glenn, Partner, Milazzo Schaffer Webb Law, PLLC
Scott Cochran, President, Spartanburg Methodist College

Julie Staggs

Julie Staggs B Mus, MBA, EdD (ABD) Founder and Managing Principal, Beyond Theory to Practice, Keynote, Friday, 2:30pm
Ms. Staggs works with organizations to define and implement organizational strategy, leadership development strategies, assessment, coaching, DEI initiatives, and programs across the organization from vital many to senior leaders.  Previously, she consulted for Fortune 100 companies and top Universities during her work with Korn Ferry Advisory and CEB (now Gartner). 

Her work includes senior executive and high potential assessment and coaching which helps organizations deliver on their mission and strategic goals through their individual talent. Her coaching helps organizations and individuals through change initiatives and in delivering superior and sustained outcomes.  Ms. Staggs’ combination of higher education, non-profit, and corporate experience provides a broad perspective for each project. She is a Converse College Alumna (’86), Trustee, and lecturer at UGA.

Presentation – Words Matter: Delivering Impactful Messages
In our fast-paced, constant flow of information and input world today being thoughtful, intentional, and specific about aligning our message to different audiences matters.  With time being at a premium for all of us it is critical that our communications have impact and realize outcomes.   This session will provide key best practices and tools to enhance your effectiveness in all your communications.

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