Inaugural Leadership Symposium to bring leadership experts to SC State University

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Several professionals with backgrounds and experiences in leadership training will discuss the organizational need for leadership skills and attributes during South Carolina State University’s (SC State) Leadership Symposium.

The Symposium is the first of it kind for the University and will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium on the campus of SC State. The Symposium is sponsored by the Leadership and Professional Development Program (LAPD) and the Business Program in the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences. The Symposium is facilitated by corporate partnerships with Shaw AREVA MOX Services, LLC, Time Warner Cable of South Carolina, Inc., and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

The theme for the event is “Leadership – A Global Urgency.” Dr. Robert Barrett is dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, and Dr Ann S. Winstead, director of SC State’s LAPD, is serving as the event’s coordinator.

“The overarching aim of the Symposium is to contribute to the University’s commitment to develop individuals dedicated to making a difference in the world,” said Dr. Winstead. “One of our goals is to help participants incorporate a more highly developed knowledge and understanding of leadership in the workplace. Not only will attendees learn about the attributes of successful leaders, they will also leave with an appreciation of the need for continual professional development in the area of management and leadership,” she continued.

The Symposium’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Karen Dyer, director of Education and Non-Profit Sector at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. Dyer brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on the subject of leadership. She will speak on the subject of “Emotional Intelligence.”

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) works to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership to an audience that includes North America, Europe and Asia. In 2007 – 2008, the Center served people from more than 120 countries.

Annually, the CCL serves more than 20,000 individuals and 2,000 organizations across the public, private, non-profit and education sectors; disseminates knowledge to nearly two million people through its publications; employs nearly 600 faculty and staff on five campuses in North America, Europe and Asia; and maintains relationships with approximately 500 adjunct faculty members worldwide. Since 1970, nearly 470,000 leaders have graduated from a Center program.

SC State’s inaugural Symposium will also focus on the following topics: “Leadership and Self-Awareness,” “Leadership and Change,” “Leadership and Conflict Resolution,” “Leadership and Communication,” “Leadership and Team Building,” “Leadership and Ethics,” “Leadership and Governance Structures,” “Leadership and Professional Development,” and “Leadership and Your Professional Image.”

Other speakers scheduled to present are: Charlene Keys, vice president and general manager of Time Warner Cable, Inc.; Betty Parker, CEO, Sharper Development Solutions, Inc.; Dr. Bill McDonald, vice president of student life, Presbyterian College; Brenda Boykin, CEO, Leadership Matters, Inc.; Gayel Wigfall, human resources consultant, BlueCross and BlueShield; Dr. Shirley Martin, private education consultant; and Clay Ramsey, MOX federal project director, United States Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration.

Registration for this event has been extended to November 7, but space is limited. For additional information and to register, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead, director, Leadership and Professional Development Program, at 803-534- 4861 or Ms. Pat McDonald at 803-516-8186.