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February 1, 2016 - Vol 7. Issue 2

9 Regional Engagements in 2016              529 Regional Engagements Since 2010    
290 Participants in 2016                             26,624 Participants Since 2010         
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Building on the successful 2014 Upstate Regional Summit: Re-Checking Our Reality, Ten at the Top is pleased to announce its 2016 Upstate Regional Summit - "Creating a Leading Region" - will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the TD Convention Center. The 2016 Summit will provide a unique opportunity for business, community and civic leaders, as well as interested stakeholders from across the region to share ideas and discuss how to work collaboratively to ensure the Upstate region continues to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for all residents.
The 2016 Upstate Regional Summit, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina, begins with a B2B Expo and morning panel session of Upstate CEOs, then continues with breakout sessions involving presentations by and discussions with Upstate leaders through the lens of Ten at the Top's five Regional Driver areas: Community Vibrancy, Economic and Entrepreneurial Vitality, Human Potential, Natural Beauty & Resources and Sustainable Growth. The Summit will culminate with the Summit Keynote Luncheon.
Ten at The Top is excited to welcome Geoff Colvin as the 2016 Upstate Summit Keynote Speaker. An award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster and speaker, Colvin is considered one of America's sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. His work as Fortune Magazine's Senior Editor-at-Large, anchor of Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS, and regular broadcaster on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week, have given Colvin long-standing relationships with the world's top leaders in business and government.
"I've spent my career studying what separates great leaders and great businesses from all the rest -around the world," said Geoff Colvin in a video announcement made for Ten at the Top. "I'm really looking forward to sharing with you what I've learned about what creates leading organizations, greatcommunities and a strong region at Ten at the Top's Upstate Regional Summit."
See Colvin's full video announcement
 by clicking below.

With more than 800 attendees expected, Summit sponsorships are going quickly. Be sure and secure your table and ability to showcase your company to those in attendance by contacting Ashley Downing today. Individual tickets will be available beginning in July. 
Young Leaders Elevating the Upstate, Register Today!
The Upstate is home to more than ten young professional groups and the millennial generation (ages 21-39) is one of the largest in our region. By offering valuable career and personal development opportunities, the PIQUE will open the doors for future leaders of the Upstate to gather in one place to share ideas and discuss how and why it is important to get involved and work collaboratively.

The PIQUE will include workshops on How to Serve on a Board of Directors, How to Market Yourself through Social Media, Executive Networking, free headshots, access to many decision makers in the Upstate, and a reception following the event that will include craft beer tastings sponsored by the Growler Haus, drinks, food, and the chance to get to know other young professionals from the Upstate.

For more information click the link below and register today, space is limited!
On January 25th, Ten at the Top hosted current and founding board members, funding partners, and other regional partners for the 2016 Kickoff Reception.

We shared our 2015 Annual Report which features many programs, initiatives, and success stories from throughout the year. Download the full report by clicking the image on the left. 

2016 will be an exciting and busy year for the Upstate. We will continue our Upstate Regional Vision Forum Series, Upstate Bus Tours to Pickens, Spartanburg and Cherokee/Abbeville Counties, as well has host the PIQUE, an event to bring together the future leaders of the Upstate, as well as the Upstate Regional Summit on September 13th. 

For a list of all upcoming events please visit the Ten at the Top website.
In collaboration with Greenville CAN and and other organizations, we are excited to announce that Randy Lewis, former vice president of Walgreens, will serve as the keynote speaker for the first Upstate Vision Forum of the year on April 26th.
The forum will include presentations on untapped workforce groups that are often times overlooked in the job market.
Lewis will focus on individuals with disabilities as a large work group that is regularly unrecognized. As the former vice president of Walgreens in Anderson, Lewis worked to implement a program that has succeeded in hiring individuals with disabilities, giving them an equal opportunity to work and contribute to society. Lewis now travels the world, speaking to companies and organizations on how to implement the same processes and find success.
Mark your calendars for April 26th, registration coming soon!
Throughout the month of January four Upstate Child Well-Being Network workgroups have been meeting to look at specific barriers and opportunities for Upstate children:
  • During the health workgroup meeting attendees discussed: gaps in treatment for children with mental health issues, obesity, and the barriers of universal screening. Many children are never screened for developmental disabilities and are therefore never treated.
  • During the family engagement workgroup meeting attendees discussed the positive impact of integrated service models and system navigators. A referral system that allows clients to be seen in a timely manner was also discussed.
  • During the housing workgroup meeting attendees discussed the need for more affordable housing, including rehab housing. Some barriers to affordable housing discussed included: the requirement to pass a background check, gaps in housing assistance programs, and the lack of builders willing to build low income housing.
  • During the substance abuse prevention workgroup meeting attendees discussed the impact marijuana legalization would have on prevention organizations. Attendees also discussed e-cigarettes and a goal to have them included in smoke free policies across the Upstate. Prescription drug and opiate drug abuse were also discussed.
Notes from each of the meetings mentioned above can be found under the 'Human Potential' tab on www.tenatthetop.org. The workgroups will be meeting again in throughout March and April to further their goal of ensuring all Upstate children have optimal opportunities for success.
Paul Corbiel is retired after 38 years in the financial services industry. He remains active in local and regional issues and particularly enjoys meeting with fellow citizens and discussing possible solutions to common concerns. Originally from Upstate New York, Paul has been a resident of the Upstate since 2006 and has made Oconee County his home. 

Paul is a member of the Ten at the Top Board of Directors and is the Co-Chair of the Human Potential Task Force. "I consider it a privilege and am proud to serve as a director of TATT, and have the opportunity to interact with Upstate leaders dedicated to looking ahead and positioning our region to be everything it can be" said Paul. "Our Vision and Mission are clear, and reflect a deep understanding of and commitment to the importance of planning, dialogue and collaboration to achieve critical results. These efforts and the resultant progress are recognized by those outside our region as characterizing a very special, vibrant and sustainable community."

Additionally, Paul's involvement with the Human Potential Task Force, particularly the Child Well-Being Network and Senior Issues Group allows him the opportunity to continue using his professional experience in making investments in our future. Recognizing that we can accomplish more and better use resources with well designed partnership solutions.

Paul was proudly elected to County Council in 2009 in Oconee County and served for 5 1/2 years as Chair of Planning and Economic Development committee and Vice Chairman for 3 years. He has the ability to get people to work together on common issues, even if they start from different perspectives. "It's this team building and producing results that is very rewarding" says Paul. 

Paul enjoys to play tennis and spending time with his wife of 49 years and counting.

For more information on the Human Potential Task Force, click the link below.
Child Well-Being Network Leadership Team Meeting 
Tuesday, February 16th 3:00 - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC  
the PIQUE: Young Leaders Elevating the Upstate 
Monday, March 7th 2:30 - 5:00PM 
One Building 
1 North Main Street | Greenville, SC  

Child Well-Being Network: Family Engagement Workgroup Meeting 
Wednesday, March 16th 3:30PM - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

Child Well-Being Network: Health Workgroup Meeting 
Wednesday, March 23rd 9:00AM - 10:30AM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

Child Well-Being Network: Substance Abuse Prevention Workgroup Meeting 
Tuesday, March 29th 3:30PM - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

Child Well-Being Network: Housing Workgroup Meeting 
Tuesday, April 12th 3:30PM - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 
Upstate Regional Summit: Creating a Leading Region 
Thursday, September 13th 
TD Convention Center 
1 Exposition Dr. | Greenville, SC  
In addition to the events and resources available on  OurUpstateSC.infothe weekly"Uniquely Upstate" e-newsletter highlights "hot events" happening across the region and a feature story that showcases something unique about the Upstate.

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