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Speaker Videos 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Who is the Middle Class and Five Reasons Why It Matters – a Lot

Don Gordon, Executive Director, the Riley Institute at Furman

The Cost of Being Middle Class: South Carolina’s New Self-Sufficiency Standard
Tim Ervolina, President and CEO, United Way Association of S.C.


From the Statehouse: What Should Government Do?

Kenny Bingham, S.C. House of Representatives
Chandra Dillard, S.C. House of Representatives

Why It Matters — Opportunity Infrastructure

John Simpkins, General Counsel, United States Agency for International Development

Partnership with South Carolina Arts Commission

Jacki Martin, Deputy Director, the Riley Institute at Furman


Friday, March 4, 2016

Chasing the Middle Class Dream: Portraits of the Missing Class in America

Katherine Newman, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Going Local: Changing Lives by Changing Communities

Bill Barnet, CEO, Barnet Development Corporation; Danny Black, President and CEO, SouthernCarolina Alliance; Vernita Dore, Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Carol Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities


Gearing Up for the Challenge: An Automotive Case Study of a Global  Competitiveness Agenda

Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, Research Associate, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Demand Side Pipelines: New Education Strategies Linking People to Great Jobs

Elizabeth Davis, President, Furman University; Werner Eikenbusch, Chief Talent Officer, BMW in the Americas; Mike Riordan, President and CEO, Greenville Health System; Jimmie Williamson, System President, S.C. Technical College System


Growing Entrepreneurs for South Carolina’s Innovation Economy

Ernest Andrade, Executive Director, Charleston Digital Corridor; Lydia Dobyns, President and CEO, New Tech Network;       Mike McGirr, Co-Founder and Executive Director, FEED & SEED; Ann Marie Stieritz, President and CEO, S.C. Council on Competiveness


The International African American Museum

The Hon. Joe Riley, former Mayor of Charleston 

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure in South Carolina

Sean Bennett, S.C. Senate; Jack Ellenberg, Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects, S.C. Ports Authority;           Pete Selleck, Chairman and President, Michelin North America


Building America’s Future: Strategic Infrastructure Investment

Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania, Co-Chair, Building America’s Future