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2018 Professional Conference
Monday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

2018 Professional Conference

2018 Annual Professional Conference
Monday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC

The two-day program offers industry professionals at all stages of their careers the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, develop leadership skills and connect with industry peers.

$425 - WithIt members
$325 - WithIt Corporate members
$575 - Non-members (Become a new member for $170)
$150 - Students

Hotel address:
387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Built in 1925, The Francis Marion Hotel is a landmark in the center of historic downtown Charleston close to shopping and dining. The full-service spa on site offers options for pampering and relaxation.

The conference room rate is $159/night.
This rate is good through May 15, 2018. After May 15th rates and availability may vary. There are a small number of rooms in our block that will honor the $159/night for the weekend prior to the conference. Book early to take advantage of weekend rates.

Monday, June 25
12:00 - 5:30 pm Registration

2:00 - 4:00 pm PreConference Workshops - No charge
"City of Hope Women's Health and Wellness Workshop"
Dr. Laura Kruber, surgical oncologist and co-director of the Women's Breast Program, City of Hope

4:30pm-5:00pm Membership Meeting
5:30pm - 7:30pm Conference Opening Reception at the William Aiken House
7:30 pm Networking Dine-arounds

Tuesday, June 26
7:00am - 8:30am Registration

7:00am - 8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30am Welcome

8:45am-9:45am "SheQ - Leading with Emotional Intelligence" - Jen Shirkani, executive coach and author of "Choose Resilience"

9:45 am - 10:00 am Break

10:00am - 11:00am "Create Your Competitive Advantage" - Lynne Jensen Nelson, Conversion-omics Sales Training
Brand is about more than your logo and tag line! How you present yourself to the world and the level of customer engagement in your sales process are the key drivers in creating a competitive advantage.

11:00am - 11:15 am Break

11:15am - 12:00pm Interactive Networking Activity

12:00pm - 1:30 pm LUNCH

Afternoon Headshots

1:30pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions - 1 hour breakout sessions. Attendees will be able to join 2 sessions.

1. Social Media Strategy

2. Professionalism: A More Effective Way to Prevent Harassment and Promote a Positive Workplace Culture
Bill Cary, Brooks, Pearce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP
Natalie Sanders, Professional Business Cultures LLC

3. Retail Breakout: "Setting the Stage for Success: Best Practices for Hiring and Training" - Rene Johnston-Gingrich, Profitability Consulting Group

4. Success & Setting Meaningful Goals - Julie Kaminski, Health and Wellness Coach

5. "What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self: Creating the Career You Want"
A panel of young professionals share wisdom from their careers for anyone just getting started.

2:30pm - 2:45pm Break

3:00pm - 4:00pm Second Round Breakout Sessions

4:00pm - 6:00pm Break

6:00pm - 7:00pm Disco Cocktail Reception

7:00pm - 10:00pm Dinner and after party - sponsored by Malouf

Rest up!

Wednesday, June 27
7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast - continental breakfast set up outside Carolina A

8:30am - 8:45am Welcome - Day 2

8:45am - 9:45am "Negotiating with Influence"
Tallia Deljou, president and co-founder of Mavenly + Co.

9:45am - 10:00am Break

10:00am - 11:00am "Elevate Your Presence: Stand Up and Stand Out When Speaking and Leading"
Dr. Kathryn Bingham, LEADistics

11:00am - 11:15am Break

11:15am - 12 noon "Cultivating Your Action Plan"
Attendee Panel

12:00pm Closing and evaluations



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