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Workforce Renaissance Conference Sets New Attendance Records

HR Conference 2024
The Anderson University College of Business hosted the Workforce Renaissance Conference February 22, marking a significant milestone with record-breaking attendance.

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Held at the University Center of Greenville, this day-long event brought together leading minds in human resources and business management to explore the future of the workforce.

The conference kicked off with a welcome from Dr. Steve Nail, Dean of the Anderson University College of Business, setting the stage for a day filled with insightful discussions on the most pressing topics in HR today.

Innovating HR Through AI and Workforce Dynamics

One of the highlights was the exploration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in HR, led by Ashley Wilson (Strickland), MBA, from Southern First Bank, along with panelists Cassie Thompson, SHRM-SCP; Kelly Mendez-Scheib, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, RCC; and Bryan Seaford. Their collective insights provided a forward-looking perspective on how AI can shape the future of human resources.

The evolving nature of the psychological contract was another key topic covered by David Churchill of CoreCivic and Richard Ray, a renowned expert in organizational and leadership development. Their session shed light on the changing expectations between employers and employees in the modern workplace.

Decoding the “CEO Secret Sauce”

A panel discussion titled “CEO Secret Sauce” featured a diverse group of leaders, including Heather Ward, HR director of the Onyx Group; William Kenley, CEO of AnMed; Herb Dew, CEO of HTI; Joe Gass, CEO of Heritage Signs and Displays; David Churchill, VP of HR at CoreCivic; Kandi Fredere, Ph.D., FACHE, Upstate regional health director at SCDHEC; and Robb Kolb, founding business partner, CEO at National Radiology Solutions (NRAD). This session delved into what CEOs expect from HR to drive organizational success and innovation.

Legal Updates and Workforce Development

Lucas Asper from Ogletree Deakins provided much-needed updates on legal changes affecting HR, while a focused discussion on workforce development and succession featured Evie Maxey of the Anderson University College of Business and Richard Ray, organizational and leadership development expert. They, along with panelists Paula Fulghum, Ellen Bassett, Caroline Brigmon, and others, shared valuable strategies for talent onboarding and development.

The Anderson University College of Business appreciates conference sponsors Ogletree Deakins, HTI, AssuredPartners, and Human Capital Solutions, Inc. Their commitment played a pivotal role in the conference’s success.

The Anderson University College of Business appreciates everyone who contributed to making this year’s annual HR conference a landmark event. For more information on getting involved in future COB events, feel free to contact the Corporate Event Coordinator, Cade Tessmann, at Anderson University College of Business,

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