SC State University Hosts Fortune 500 Corporate Power Brokers

Friday, October 22, 2010

SC State University will host a panel discussion featuring key corporate decision makers representing some of the top companies in the world.  The panelists also represent individuals who are responsible for over 100,000 employees and budget accountability of several billion dollars.

The Fortune 500 Corporate Power Brokers event, which will be a part of SC State’s homecoming activities, will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Auditorium.

The panel discussion is a partnership between SC State’s alumni, the corporate community, SC State’s Career Center and the SC State Office of Institutional Advancement.  During the event, the panelists will discuss:  “The real reasons why they will or will not hire an individual,” especially in a market that is flooded with talent. They will also provide details on what they are looking for in today’s market and the tips that are needed for students to obtain jobs, both traditional and non-traditional students.

The panelists sit atop some of the most powerful companies in the world and have broken through the ceiling at the C-Suite level. The organizer, SC State alumnus Isiah Reese, says that he is happy about the opportunities that this panel will offer. “I have been fortunate throughout my corporate career since graduating from SC State University, to come across some very influential people. I am proud of my University, and believe it is the responsibility of all alumni to help the University to move forward by opening doors via our friends that hold these high ranking positions.  They need to see what SC State has to offer to their organizations from a talent standpoint,” says Reese, ‘90.  “This gives the University a chance to leverage these relationships from a fundraising angle as well,”  he noted.

The panel will include the following individuals: Noah Johnson, regional general manager, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; SC State alumnus Jonathan Pinson, ‘93, SC State Board of Trustees chairman, president of Professional Staffing Solution, and stakeholder in Hilton Hotel and Ruth Chris restaurants; SC State alumna, Ambree Stancil, ‘97, director of business management, WNBA/NBA Atlanta Dream ; Ronald Palmer, area human resource manager, United Parcel Service (HBCU Alumnus); Clente Flemming, CEO/founder of South Carolina Community Bank (Only African-American owned bank in S.C.); James Tolliver, general manager, MillerCoors Corporation (HBCU Alumnus); SC State alumnus Kenneth Peterson, ‘91, vice-president & chief of diversity, Bi-Lo Stores; Isiah Reese, national executive of sales, Maurice Sporting Goods; SC State alumna, Vongretchen Nelson, ‘97, diversity manager, The Nature Conservancy; Stephan Bridges, field executive, State Farm Insurance Company; SC State alumnus James Tanner, ‘93.

There will also be a vast amount of fields that will be covered and seeking talent, such as retail, banking, marketing, finance, consumer products, conservationist, education and operations. The panelists will accept resumes at the end of the discussion.

For more information, contact Erica Taylor, director of University Relations & Marketing, at (803) 533-3617.