Ten Counties. One Upstate. Stronger Together
Opening Session | 8:45-9:55 AM
Breakout Session 1 | 10:05-10:50 AM
• Winning the Future around Creating Vibrant Communities
• Winning the Future around Innovation & Technology
Breakout Session 2 | 11:00-11:45 AM
• Winning the Future around Mobility & Connectivity
• Winning the Future around Education & Workforce Development
Click on "Breakout Sessions" tab for more information and list of speakers. Keynote Luncheon | 12:00-1:30 PM
Click on "Keynote" tab to learn more about Keynote Speaker Polly LaBarre.
John Lummus, Upstate SC Alliance
Amy Wood, WSPA-TV
Frank Davis, Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd
Beth Land, Site Selection Group
Nelson Lindsay, South Carolina Department of Commerce
Trey Pennington, CBRE
Ansel Sanders, Public Education Partners
Dr. Joanne Avery, Anderson School District 4
Dr. Ronnie Booth, Tri-County Technical College
Dr. Brendan Kelly, USC Upstate
Carlos Phillips, Greenville Chamber
Winning the Future around Innovation & Technology
Rob Krulac, CU-ICAR
Roy Costner, Spectrum & Pickens County Council
Joel Jones, ReWa
Dr. Thomas Mensah, Georgia Aerospace Systems
Winning the Future around Mobility & Connectivity
Doug Webster, Carolinas Alliance 4 Innovation
David Bruemmer, Adaptive Motion Group
Leesa Owens, Michelin
Dr. Nick Rigas, CU-ICAR
Winning the Future around Creating Vibrant Communities
Jennifer Evins, Chapman Cultural Center
Phil Hughes, Hughes Investments
Terence Roberts, City of Anderson
Blake Sanders, City of Easley & Town of West Pelzer
Nancy Whitworth, City of Greenville
As co-founder of the Management Lab, a “think-and-do” tank dedicated to rebooting management for the 21st century. Along with her partners at MLab (pronounced “M-Lab”), Polly has developed a pioneering method and platform for changing how large organizations change. They run large-scale, real-world experiments in “hacking management” to build the deep organizational capabilities crucial for thriving in a creative, disruptive world: adaptability, innovation and inspiration.
Polly has traveled the world to study and work with the courageous contrarians, management mavericks, and pioneering progressives who are inventing the future of organizations and business.
Early in her career, Polly was part of the founding team of Fast Company magazine. There she played a central role in the remarkable success of a magazine that recast the conventional wisdom on power, competition, work, leadership, innovation and change. The magazine introduced the world to a new universe of organizations and leaders whose management models were as distinctive as their business models were disruptive.
Polly is the co-author of the award-winning book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, which was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller. Published in over 20 territories, Mavericks was a “Business Book of the Year” for the Financial Times, the Miami Herald and The Economist, which called the book "a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great." CNN, CNBC and GMA all created series around the book.
Polly’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review online, Fortune.com, the McKinsey Quarterly and she has served as business and innovation correspondent for CNN.
Broad River Electric Co-Op
City of Anderson
City of Pickens
Goodwyn Mills & Cawood (GM&C)
Husley McCormick & Wallace, Inc.
Little River Electric Co-Op
Mary Black Foundation
SC Technology & Aviation Center
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville
The Spartanburg County Foundation
Town of Due West
Tri-County Technical College
Union County Economic Development Board & Union County
United Capital Anderson
W.K. Dickson & Co.