Talented Tenth to Host Annual Conference, The 2020 Convening: Access. Service. Elevation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 31, 2020) – Talented Tenth, a Columbia-based young professionals’ organization founded by City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, presents the Annual Talented Tenth Conference, The 2020 SC Convening: Access. Service. Elevation. The conference, which kicks off on Thursday, February 6, 2020 and runs through Friday, February 7, 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 SC board chair.


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Speakers for the Talented Tenth Conference, The 2020 Convening, include City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Jaime Harrison, (Keynote Speaker – Associate Chair of the National Democratic Conference + U.S. Senate Candidate); Senator Mia McLeod, Ivory Matthews (Columbia Housing Authority Interim Executive Director); Chynna Phillips (Research + Policy Director for Sisters of Charity SC); and Judi Gatson (Moderator – WISTV News Anchor).

“It has been a great pleasure working with the members of Talented Tenth on this year’s conference,” continued Simmons. “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 2020 SC Convening: Access. Service. Elevation.

WHEN: Thursday, February 6 – Friday, February 7, 2020

Ticket Pricing: Varies per event

URL to Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-convening-2020-luncheon-tickets-88693971055

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Mayor Benjamin’s Executive Networking Reception
Location: Parker Poe, 1221 Main Street, Suite 1100, 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 7, 2020
The Convening 2020 Luncheon
Special Guests: City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Jaime Harrison (Keynote Speaker – Associate Chair of the National Democratic Conference + U.S. Senate Candidate); Senator Mia McLeod, Ivory Matthews (Columbia Housing Authority Interim Executive Director); Chynna Phillips (Research + Policy Director for Sisters of Charity SC)
Location: Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Online) | $30 (Door)
Ticket URL: TheConvening.Eventbrite.com

**Panel Discussion to be moderated by Judi Gatson, WISTV News Anchor**

FRIDAY Evening:
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Know Your Status
Location: Cecil Tillis Center, 2111 Simpkins Lane, Columbia, SC 29204
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public

**This event is hosted by Throwback 105.5, 100.1 The Beat, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and Talented Tenth. Free on-site testing will be available via AHF’s Mobile Unit.**

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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