Talented Tenth to Host Annual Conference, The 2019 SC Convening: Access. Service. Elevation

Talented Tenth, a Columbia-based young professionals’ organization founded by City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, presents the Annual Talented Tenth Conference, The 2019 SC Convening: Access. Service. Elevation. The conference, which kicks off on Thursday, February 7, 2019 and runs through Saturday, February 9, 2019, will take place at various locations throughout downtown Columbia’s Main Street District.

Designed to help guide and engage our region’s future leaders, the Talented Tenth Conference provides attendees with the tools needed to successfully contribute to their profession and community. By way of meaningful and purposeful networking opportunities, guests will come face-to-face with thought leaders, senior executives, elected officials, and community leaders who have joined forces to share in their knowledge regarding professional development, education and economic development.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to strategize and connect Columbia’s leading professionals with members of the community in an informal setting,” states Kara Simmons, Talented Tenth chair.

Speakers for the Talented Tenth Conference, The 2019 SC Convening, include Birmingham, Ala. Mayor Randall Woodfin, noted author Dr. Wes Bellamy, and City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

“It has been a great pleasure working with the members of Talented Tenth on this year’s conference,” said Sierra Heyward, Talented Tenth conference committee chair. “It is important to pull together our community’s up and coming young professionals and provide them with the resources needed to succeed. We are the future and it is important to invest in our legacy.”

Details concerning the upcoming conference, are provided in detail below.

WHAT: The 2019 SC Convening: Access. Service. Elevation.

WHEN: Thursday, February 7 – Saturday, February 9, 2019

Ticket Pricing: Varies per event

URL to Purchase Tickets: https://bit.ly/2RJwVfT

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Mayor Benjamin’s Executive/CEO Reception
Location: Optus Bank/South Carolina Community Bank, 1241 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
**Food provided by Kiki’s Chicken & Waffles with beverages sponsored by Breakthrough Beverages**

Friday, February 8, 2019
The Convening 2019 Luncheon, Special Guest - Mayor Randall Woodfin
Location: Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $25
Ticket URL: https://bit.ly/2RJwVfT

Randall L. Woodfin, the 30th Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, is a proud Birmingham native and graduate of the Cumberland School of Law. Woodfin, an attorney, has worked in various positions for the City of Birmingham, including the Birmingham Board of Education where he served as President. He is deeply committed to bringing a new vision, dedication and energy to a city where he wants citizens to have every opportunity to work, play and grow to their fullest potential. To learn more about Mayor Woodfin, visit https://www.birminghamal.gov/about/mayors-office/.

**Panel Discussion to be moderated by Rania Jamison**

FRIDAY Evening:
Exclusive Book Signing and Meet & Greet with Dr. Wes Bellamy
Location: The Shiver Group, 1722 Main Street, Suite 1A, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public

**Dr. Wes Bellamy is the youngest person to ever be elected to the Charlottesville, Va. City Council. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Bellamy moved to Charlottesville in September 2009 after graduating from South Carolina State University. To learn more about Dr. Bellamy, visit: https://bit.ly/2FvuiYu.**

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Team Tenth Annual Historic Walking Tour Hosted by Councilman Ed and Jeannie McDowell of Waverly
Location: First Calvary Baptist Church, 1401 Pine Street, Columbia, SC 29204
Time: 10:30 a.m. (Meet); Tour begins at 11 a.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public. Lunch will be offered after the tour at $12/person.

About Talented Tenth
Founded in 2010, the Talented Tenth is a young professionals’ organization born out of the vision of City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. The mission of Talented Tenth is to raise the standard of excellence of young professionals in the African American community. For more information: http://talentedtenth.info/index.html

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