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**MEDIA ADVISORY** State Chamber, SCDEW, SWDB To Bring Together South Carolina Leaders At Workforce Development Symposium

February 16, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C.On Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18 the South Carolina Chamber, SCDEW, and SWDB will host a Workforce Development Symposium in partnership with presenting sponsor Bank of America at the Columbia Marriott Downtown. The Symposium will bring business, legislators, educators, and state officials together to have meaningful discussion on how we close South Carolina’s skills gap and build a workforce of the future. The event will close with the presentation of the South Carolina Chamber’s 2016 Workforce Innovator Awards which will be presented to the businesses that have made proactive, private investments to build South Carolina’s workforce.

WHEN: Wednesday-Thursday, February 17-18, 2016 

Columbia Marriott 
1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC

NOTES: Press RSVP to gena.mcgroarty@scchamber.net


12:50pm Keynote Speaker: Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce, South Carolina Department of Commerce
1:45pm Preparing Leaders for the Workforce of the FutureAnne Loehr, Founder, Anne Loehr & Associates
2:45pm South Carolina’s Talent Pipeline: Cheryl Stanton, Executive Director, SCDEW
3:45pm Future Workforce NeedsDr. Jimmie Williamson, President, South Carolina Technical College System
4:30pm Legislative Panel, Closing the Skills Gap
    Jim Reynolds, CEO, Total Comfort Solutions
Senator Robert Hayes, Senator Darrell Jackson, Representative Rita Allison, and Representative Jerry Govan

*Throughout the day: Exhibits

9am Opening Comments:  Cheryl Stanton, Executive Director, SCDEW
9:15am Discussion: The Longevity Revolution and Its Impact on the Workforce
Cynthia Hutchins, Director of Financial Gerontology, Bank of America
Kai R. Walker, Director of Workplace Financial Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Panel and Q&A: Finding Workers: The top issue for businesses in choosing where to locate or expand is a sustainable, highly educated workforce of technicians, managers, engineers and entrepreneurs.  South Carolina needs skilled workers---especially middle-skilled workers.  We have the jobs---we just to find qualified people to fill them.  This panel of business professionals representing Manufacturing, Construction Small Business, Healthcare, and IT will examine concerns and issues with finding workers in South Carolina.

Bill Caldwell, President, Waldrop Mechanical Services
Lonnie Emard, President, IT-ology
Tim Hayden, President, Sargent Metal
Jimmy Walker, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Workforce, South Carolina Hospital Association

Robbie Barnett, Vice President Workforce, Manufacturing & Support Services, State Chamber

11:45am Presentation of 2016 Workforce Innovator Awards: Kim Wilkerson, South Carolina State President, Bank of America
  *Throughout the day: Exhibits




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