Greenville, SC [April 18, 2017] – Ten at the Top (TATT) and Upstate International are co-hosting the Our Upstate Vision Forum and Workshop: Building Global Fluency in the Upstate on April 27, 2017, at BMW Zentrum. The workshop presented by Ivannovation Language Management is limited to 25 participants and will be held from 10 am to 2 pm while the Forum presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will be in the afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 pm with a networking reception to follow.

    Global Fluency is the ability to understand and collaborate across the complexities of language and culture. With nearly 600 companies representing 36 countries, the Upstate has long been recognized as a national leader in attracting and retaining international companies. This thriving global market is critical to the economic success and overall quality of life for the Upstate region. Global Fluency allows a metropolitan area to maximize the benefits of globalization and minimize the negative consequences. The more globally fluent the Upstate is collectively, the smoother the trajectory into the globalized economy to ensure success and sustainability. Maintaining a culture that is supportive of residents from all cultures is essential to the continued success of the Upstate.

    Registration for the workshop is $150 and includes 4-hour training, lunch, and admission to the forum and networking reception. Brad Gosche, Senior Director at the Global Fluency Institute in Columbus, Ohio, will lead the Workshop, which is a premier training resource for professionals of all trades and backgrounds. Global Fluency Training develops cross-cultural competence and provides tools for effectively and successfully working across cultures.

    Admission into the forum is $10 per person. The forum will look at the Global Economy in the Upstate and how the region is developing a culture that embraces Global Fluency. Brad Gosche will serve as the keynote speaker and also be joined for a panel discussion by Upstate leaders who are among those building Global Fluency in the region such as Reid Lohr, Senior Managing Director of the EDI Group, and Susan Simmons, Director of Career Management Worldwide for Michelin.

    Register and find more information at (Forum) and (Workshop).

    Forum supporting sponsors include GSP International Airport, Fluor, Upstate SC Alliance, 94.5 The Answer, and GSA Business Report. If you and your company are interested in being a part of building Global Fluency in the Upstate please contact Megan Zapf ( or 864-283-2317).

    About Ten at the Top
    Comprised of public, private and civic leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to connect and encourage regional collaboration through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to foster collaboration and strategic planning to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow. For more information, visit

    About Upstate International
    Upstate International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose focus is on empowering people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. The center is a regional leader in innovative international programs and events, and serves as an important community resource to people from more than 70 countries. For more information please visit our website at