Ten at the Top to Hold Workshop on Elevating Professionalism in Spartanburg County

[Greenville, SC] — Ten at the Top (TATT) invites Spartanburg County residents to participate in a community workshop focused on “Beyond Recruiting Talent: Elevating Professionalism.” The workshop will be held on October 29th from 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Milliken & Company’s Customer Center (920 Milliken Road).

The workshop is one of 10 county workshops TATT is holding across the Upstate in 2019 as part of the 10th anniversary year for the organization.

“We’re very excited about the response we’ve had to the ten county workshops so far, and they’ve all been very different, reflecting the community,” said Ten at the Top Executive Director Dean Hybl.

“Spartanburg County is known for being data driven in its approach to tackling issues,” Hybl continued. “Spartanburg is also doing good work, led by the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, towards developing and recruiting talent, but looking at elevating professionals so that they will stay in the area is another aspect around that issue.”

Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allen Smith said, “It is no surprise that the working group settled on talent as the focus of the Spartanburg County workshop. There’s a lot of meaningful work underway to develop, recruit and retain the employees of today and tomorrow. I look forward to the action ideas that will come as a result of our discussions.”

The workshop will open with Steve Hall and Dennis Hughes of Find Great People setting the context with national and regional data and trends. Following that will be a panel discussion, moderated by Troy Hanna, CEO of the Spartanburg County Foundation, which will touch on some personal/anecdotal realities experienced by Spartanburg professionals in various fields.

Panelists include Stinson Ferguson, staff attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center and Director of Organizational Development at J. W. Woodward Funeral Home; Victor Durrah, Director of Professional Development at Spartanburg Methodist College and Executive Director of Brothers Restoring Urban Hope; and Hannah Jarrett, Community Impact Associate at United Way of the Piedmont.

Milliken's Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Craig Haydamack, will talk next about career pathways both generally and within Milliken, and participants will have time for table discussion, facilitated by Smith, that will lead to action items for the community.

The Spartanburg County Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested, and space is limited to 100 attendees. Lunch will be provided. You can register for the workshop by contacting Sharon Purvis at spurvis@tenatthetop.org.

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 www.tenatthetop.org.

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