A Biennial Event to Reinforce the Value of Regional Thinking

    September 11, 2024

    8:30am – 2:00pm   |   Greenville Convention Center

                                                         

    The mission of Ten at the Top is to encourage collaboration and partnerships on cross- sector and cross-jurisdictional issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life in the Upstate region. This biennial event serves as a opportunity for community leaders, partners, and stake holders to gather together for a time of engagement.                                

    2024 Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Ryan

     

     

    Rebecca Ryan is a noted top 50 professional futurist, economist, best-selling author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of NEXT Generation Consulting through which she partners with government leaders across the country. Looking a generation ahead, she outlines strategies in urban planning, economic development and workforce development to ensure communities are well equipped for future trends and challenges. Rebecca is a graduate of Drake University with a certificate in Strategic Foresight from University of Houston; she is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation and on the Executive Committee of the global Association of Professional Futurists.

    "Maximizing Workforce & Entrepreneur Opportunities"

    "Maximizing Sustainability Amid Continued Growth"

    Lunch Panel Participants

    Mayor Knox White

    Mayor Knox White

    City of Greenville

    Rep. Chandra Dillard

    Rep. Chandra Dillard

    SC House of Representatives

    Dr. Anand Gramopadhye

    Dr. Anand Gramopadhye

    Dean - Clemson College of Engineering, Computing, & Applied Sciences

    Allen Jacoby

    Allen Jacoby

    Chief of Staff - Milliken

    Registration

    7:30 – 8:30AM

    • Coffee & Breakfast
    • Interactive Displays
    • Partner Expo

    Opening Session

    8:35 – 9:50AM

    • Welcome – Todd Horne, Ten at the Top Chair
    • Sponsor Welcome – Blue Cross Blue Shield SC, Clemson University
    • Mistress of Ceremonies – Amy Wood
    • “Maximizing Our Future” – Dove Dupree, spoken word artist
    • Keynote Speaker – Rebecca Ryan

    Breakout Sessions

    10:00AM – 12:00PM

    10:15AM – 10:55AM: Select one from Theme One and two from Theme Two

    11:05AM – 12:00PM: Select two from Theme One and one from Theme Two

    Lunch & Panel

    12:15PM – 2:00PM

    • Welcome – Todd Horne & Amy Wood
    • Sponsor remarks
    • Invocation
    • Lunch
    • TATT Update – Dean Hybl, Executive Director
    • Panel – Moderated by Rebecca Ryan & Amy Wood

     

     

     

     

    Keynote Speaker, Rebecca Ryan

    Rebecca Ryan – Futurist
    Rebecca Ryan is a noted top 50 professional futurist, economist, best-selling author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of NEXT Generation Consulting through which she partners with government leaders across the country. Looking a generation ahead, she outlines strategies in urban planning, economic development and workforce development to ensure communities are well equipped for future trends and challenges. Rebecca is a graduate of Drake University with a certificate in Strategic Foresight from University of Houston; she is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation and on the Executive Committee of the global Association of Professional Futurists

    Maximizing Workforce & Entrepreneur Opportunities

    Session A: “Ingredients for Creating and Innovation District”

    • Session leader – Travis Sheridan, Wexford Science & Technology

    Session B: “Challenges Facing Traditional Professions”

    • Moderator: Galen DeHay – President, Tri-County Technical College
    • Wallace Cobbs – Principal, Welcome Elementary School
    • William Kenley – President, AnMed Health
    • Elba Lazardi – Site Director, BASF
    • Alonzo Thompson – Police Chief, City of Spartanburg

    Session C: “Preparing for Careers of the Future”

    • Moderator: Dr. Hope Rivers – President, Piedmont Technical College
    • Dr. Keith Miller – President, Greenville Technical College
    • Dr. Bennie Harris – Chancellor, USC Upstate
    • James Chappell – CEO, SC Bio
    • George Shira – Human Resources Director-Chemical Division, Milliken Enterprises
    • Katherine O’Neil – Chief Economic Development Officer, OneSpartanburg, Inc.

     

     

    Maximizing Sustainability Amid Continued Growth

    Session A: Uncovering Sustainability Blind Spots

    Session Leader: Shi Institute, Furman University (confirmed)

    • Laura Bain, Furman University
    • Andrew Predmore, Furman University

     

    Session B: Role of Utilities in Supporting Future Growth

    (Panelists Representing the following sectors)

    • Moderator: Hank McCullough, Piedmont Natural Gas (confirmed)
    • Water System (s) (Spartanburg Water, Anderson Joint Water, Greenville Water, Laurens Water & Sewer, etc.)
    • Sewer Utility (ReWa)
    • Power Company (s) (Duke Energy, Laurens Electric, Blue Ridge Electric)
    • Broadband (WCTEL or Jim Stritzinger, SC Broadband Office)

     

    Session C: How Will Technology Innovations Impact Future Growth?

    (Panelists Representing the following)

    • Moderator – GP McLeer, Upstate Mobility Alliance (confirmed)
    • David Clayton – Executive Director, CU-ICAR (confirmed)
    • Clarence Sevillian – COO, Prisma Health (confirmed)
    • Michael Morris – Director of HR, ZF Group – Gray Court (confirmed)

     

     



    Presenting Sponsor

    Regional Visionary Sponsors

    Morning Session Sponsor

    Technology Sponsor

    Lanyard Sponsor

    Upstate Advocate Sponsors

    Breakout Sponsor

    Maximizing Workforce & Entrepreneur Opportunities

    Breakout Sponsor

    Maximizing Sustainability Amid Continued Growth

    Table Sponsors