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Haley to welcome participants at 2015 LeadSC event

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Staff Report
Published Sept. 22, 2015

Gov. Nikki Haley will kick off the 2015 LeadSC conference that brings the state’s top young professional talent together for a two-day conference in Columbia beginning Wednesday.

The event, held at the Columbia Marriott Hotel, 1200 Hampton St., will feature breakout sessions and forums on topics ranging from getting involved in local government to investing to networking to office communications.

“The goal of LeadSC is to engage young professionals in topics that interest them,” said Jacob Cook, the event’s chairman. “As well as inspire them to go back to their communities and make a difference.”

South Carolina has faced mixed results when it comes to creating opportunities for young professionals. While South Carolina colleges graduate more than 15,000 students each year, many choose to leave or have to leave the state in order to find jobs.

While the vast majority of the major metro areas in South Carolina have some kind of young professionals group, they vary greatly in size, scope and standards. Cook said one goal of this year’s conference is to gain more insight into the status of the young professional in South Carolina.

“We want to see what parts of the state are doing better at retaining young professionals, and see how we can replicate best practices throughout South Carolina,” he said.

Haley will welcome participants at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The conference wraps up at 4 p.m. Thursday.

For a schedule of activities, click here.

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