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Our archive of 2022 Media Releases is available below.

Annual SpringBoard Conference Empowers Women to Serve on Boards and Commissions
Join SC Women in Leadership for skill-building sessions, panel discussions, and more

May 5, 2022 (Columbia, S.C.) – South Carolina Women in Leadership (SC WIL) will host the third annual SpringBoard Conference at the Columbia Museum of Art on May 17, 2022, from 1-5 p.m. Presented by Bank of America, with support from Duke Energy and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the multi-partisan nonprofit organization will provide women with the tools that they need to gain confidence and knowledge to seek positions of power and influence on public appointed boards and commissions. New this year, there will be opportunities to learn about how to level up your board service and navigate the politics of the appointment process.

Attendees will learn about the important role boards and commissions play in our government and how the decisions they make directly impact our everyday lives and gain an understanding of the responsibilities associated with serving. Through a series of skill-building mini-sessions and panel discussions, they will be able to identify the right board for their interest and experience, and then submit and follow up on their application. SC WIL will also present a demonstration of MatchBoard, an app that improves accessibility for citizens to find and apply for boards in their areas.

Kelly Beazley, the Public Policy Executive for State & Local Government Relations for Bank of America, will kick the day off with a fireside chat. Presenters and panelists include women who are currently serving and elected and government officials involved in the appointment process. View the full schedule.

This event will be offered both in-person at the Columbia Museum of Art and virtually. Registration is required and ticket prices are $40 for in-person and $20 for virtual. Some scholarships are available. Contact events@scwomenlead.net for scholarship information.

SC Women in Leadership Announces Public Launch of MatchBoard.tech
Web-based App Improves Accessibility to Appointed Public Boards and Commissions

January 24, 2022 (Columbia, S.C.) – In a press conference on Monday, South Carolina Women in Leadership announces the public launch of MatchBoard, a new statewide public appointed board and commission management system for South Carolina’s county and municipal governments. The web-based app replaces the numerous confusing, frustrating, antiquated, and disparate methods of administration and communication currently used by South Carolina’s county and local governments for appointment of citizens to public boards and commissions. MatchBoard also simplifies the process, improving accessibility for citizens to learn about and apply for the many available seats on public boards and commissions.

WHAT:
MatchBoard Statewide Public Launch Press Conference

WHO:
Daniel Rickenmann, Mayor, City of Columbia
Barbara Rackes, President, SC WIL
Emily Bowerman, Matchboard Director, SC WIL
Joann Turnquist, President & CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF), representing the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation Fund at CCCF
Tim Winslow, Executive Director of SC Association of Counties
Representatives from: Beaufort County, City of Columbia, Jasper County, McCormick County, Orangeburg County, City of Spartanburg

Open to the Public. Masks required.

WHEN:
Monday, January 24, 2022, 11 a.m.

WHERE:
Columbia City Hall
Council Chambers
1737 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Match Board was developed and is operated by SC WIL, in collaboration with the SC Association of Counties, the Knight Family Foundation, and multiple S.C. counties and cities, who have experienced how difficult it is to administrate board and commission vacancies. Through MatchBoard, governments and their citizens can efficiently and seamlessly inform and communicate with each other through one streamlined and dynamic app. View a demonstration of MatchBoard and learn more about all of the apps functionalities at MatchBoard.tech.

Appointed boards and commissions are the backbone of local governments and present opportunities for local citizen volunteers with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to have a say in decisions about how their community is governed including taxes, zoning, elections, law enforcement, performing arts, and assessments.

MatchBoard is now available statewide and has been adopted by several local governments including the City of Columbia, City of Spartanburg, Beaufort County, Jasper County, McCormick County, and Orangeburg County. The City of Columbia is leading the way in adopting the web-based app to manage their appointed boards and commissions. Residents of these communities can apply for boards and commissions now by visiting their local government’s website or MatchBoard.tech.

Erika Hammond, Clerk to Columbia City Council says, “Matchboard is going to create a level of exactness, efficiency, and equity that applicants, clerks, and council members have been craving for a very long time. This is certainly a game-changer for everyone involved. We are grateful for SC WIL’s leadership.”

South Carolina counties and municipalities are invited to learn more, register for a live demonstration, and sign up at MatchBoard.tech.

“The South Carolina Association of Counties is glad to be a sponsor of MatchBoard,” says Tim Winslow, Executive Director of SC Association of Counties, “This innovative platform transforms the way counties recruit citizens to serve on boards and commissions. MatchBoard streamlines the recruitment, application, and appointment process for council members, clerks to councils, and citizens alike. The association applauds the City of Columbia, City of Spartanburg, Beaufort County, Jasper County, McCormick County, and Orangeburg County officials for being early adopters of this program.”

Development of MatchBoard was made possible with the generous support of Aflac, Jen Baxley, BlueCross BlueShield of SC, Scott Middleton, Nephron Pharmaceutical Corporation, The Nord Family Foundation, Joe E. Taylor, John S. And James L. Knight Foundation Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation, and Unum/Colonial Life. SC WIL is also grateful to presenting sponsor Bank of America and supporting sponsor Duke Energy for their support of the annual SpringBoard Conference to help women gain the confidence and knowledge and identify opportunities to serve in leadership roles on public appointed boards and commissions that best suit their experience and interests.

MatchBoard Media Kit with downloadable logos, video demonstration of the application, press release, and more available at https://bit.ly/3KnHo8F.