COLUMBIA, S.C. – Talented Tenth, a Columbia-based young professionals’ organization founded by former City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, presents the Annual Talented Tenth Conference, The 2023 SC Convening: Access. Service. Elevation. The conference, which kicks off on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 and runs through Saturday, February 11, 2023, will take place at various locations throughout downtown Columbia.
Designed to help guide and engage our region’s future leaders, the Talented Tenth Conference provides attendees with the tools needed to contribute to their profession and community successfully. 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 discuss and reconnect Columbia’s leading professionals with our young and up-and-coming leaders in an informal setting,” states Dr. LaChe Sumpter, Talented Tenth SC board chair.
Panelists and guests for the Talented Tenth Conference, The 2023 Convening, include DJ Chuck T (DJ), Bianca Shelton (Entrepreneur, Professor, and Blogger), Antjuan Seawright (Founder and CEO of Blueprint Strategy, LLC), Kiki Cyprus (Owner of Kiki's Chicken and Waffles), Dr. Michele Josey (Mogul Beginnings Data Consulting) and Kara Simmons (Moderator and Founder and CEO of KPC & Co).
“It has been a great pleasure working with The Talented Tenth board members and planning collaborative events with the Columbia Urban League’s Young Professionals of SC for this year’s conference,” continued Sumpter. “It is important to pull together our community’s young professionals and provide them with the resources needed for success. We are the future and it is important to invest in our legacy.”
Details regarding the upcoming conference, are provided below.
WHAT: The 2023 SC Convening: Access. Service. Elevation.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8 – Saturday, February 11, 2023
Ticket Pricing: $25.00 (Eventbrite) | $30.00 at the door
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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
We Have Time Today! Leaders of the Now and Future
Talented Tenth +CULYPSC Collaboration
Location: Facebook Live via The Talented Tenth’s Page
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Steve Benjamin’s Founders’ Networking Reception
Location: The Mansion on Blanding , 1329 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
**Food provided by Kiki’s Chicken & Waffles with beverages by Breakthrough Beverages ($3.00)**
Friday, February 10, 2023
The Convening 2020 Luncheon
Special Guests: DJ Chuck T (DJ), Bianca Shelton (Entrepreneur, Professor, and Blogger), Antjuan Seawright (Founder and CEO of Blueprint Strategy, LLC), Kiki Cyprus (Owner of Kiki's Chicken and Waffles), Dr. Michele Josey (Mogul Beginnings Data Consulting) and Kara Simmons (Moderator and Founder and CEO of KPC & Co.)
Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Online) | $30 (Door)
Ticket URL: TheConvening.Eventbrite.com
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Community Service Project
Let’s Talk About It: Real Paths to Success After Finishing School
Talented Tenth + CULYPSC Collaboration
Location: Katheryn M. Bellfied Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant St, Columbia, SC 29203
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to Middle and High School students
Founded in 2010, the Talented Tenth is a young professionals’ organization born out of the vision of former 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 through access, service, and elevation.
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