HARTSVILLE, S.C. — The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Symposium brought women together on Dec. 7 to learn how to make positive changes to their professional path. The event was held at the Harris E. & Louise H. DeLoach Center at Coker College.
Sessions covered successful strategies for communicating and managing their brand, professional development – finding creative resources, championing work/life success, managing workplace conflict and saying no to harassment in the workplace.
Leading the breakout sessions were Heather Hoopes-Matthews, director of NP Strategy LLC; Lauren Holland, associate vice president of corporate and workforce development at Florence-Darlington Technical College; Jane Willis Mayer, director of employer relations at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina; Dr. Allison Evans, a licensed professional counselor and metal wellness counselor at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics; and Jeanne d’Orleans, consultant, Aligned Learning.
A panel discussion was moderated by Sue Shugart, COO at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. On the panel were Dr. Joette Dukes, workforce development director, Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments; Joie McCutchen, vegetation management specialist, Duke Energy; and Deepika Peddakotla, business intelligence architect, Sonoco Products Company.
Topping off the daylong symposium was a presentation by Pamela Lackey, retired S.C. president of AT&T. She served as president of AT&T South Carolina from 2007 to July 2018. She was responsible for public policy, economic development and community affairs activities of AT&T. In her retirement, she continues to be active in civic affairs on the local and state level. She was presented the Chrysalis Award by the chamber.
Lackey listed seven points in her talk that are keys to success.
>> Play it where it goes. She said we must play the hand we are dealt and learn from it.
>> Find out what motivates people.
>> Always be direct and honest.
>> Show up no matter how hard it is.
>> Get involved in community activities.
>> Change is constant. She said to keep changes in the workplace.
>> Surround yourself with good and talented people.
Lackey said the most important thing is to never stop learning and never sell yourself short.
The Woman of Achievement Award was presented to Rudell DuBose of the Darlington County School District. DuBose, a lifelong educator, serves as the Darlington County School District Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act coordinator, serving youth in Darlington, Hartsville, Lamar and Society Hill. Through her work she is an active partner of the S.C. Works Hartsville Center and is involved with adult education in Hartsville and Darlington. She has a special place in her heart for students with disabilities.
In her acceptance of the award, DuBose said, “I love my job.” She said she has touched the lives of about 1,200 students in her career.
Elaine Hodges, director of online and transfer admissions at Coker College, presented the Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship for Coker College to Samtreka Egleton, who will graduate next week with a bachelor of science degree in social work. She received a $1,000 scholarship to be used to offset the cost of tuition. She served as a member of the Student Government Association and made the Dean’s List and President’s List on multiple occasions. She also volunteers with the Pee Dee Coalition Shelter.
The recipient of the Women’s Symposium Scholarship for Florence-Darlington Technical College was unable to attend. Her scholarship will be presented later.
Rebecca Ward was the committee chair for the symposium.