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Annual SpringBoard Conference

May 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session replays now available! Click on the title of each session to watch recordings from the event.

May 17, 2022
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC  29201

presented by

with support from


The third annual SpringBoard Conference will help South Carolina women gain the confidence and knowledge to seek positions of power and influence on appointed boards and commissions. Learn the important role boards and commissions play in our government, how the decisions they make directly impact our everyday lives, and understand the responsibilities associated with serving.

We’ll help you find the right board for your interests and experience, submit, and follow-up on your application.

New this year–learn about opportunities to level up your board service and navigate the politics of the appointment process! 

The event will be offered both in-person and virtually.
In-person – $40
Virtual – $20

Questions? or to inquire about scholarships supported by Bank of America contact us at events@scwomenlead.net.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Registration 

1:00 p.m. – Welcome & Fireside Chat with Kelly Beazley, Public Policy Executive, State & Local Government Relations, Bank of America and Nicole Scott, Senior Vice President, Bank of America

1:15 p.m.Why Do Appointed Boards & Commissions Matter?
Learn how boards and commissions fit into the process of governance, how they have a direct impact on our everyday lives, and understand the responsibilities associated with serving.


2:00 p.m. – Networking Connect 4

2:20 p.m. – Skill-Building Mini-Sessions (15 minutes each + 5 min Q&A)

3:00 p.m.How Do I Level Up? Panel Discussion
Learn about opportunities to grow in your board service including state and federal boards from women currently serving.


3:45 p.m.Politics of the Process Panel Discussion
We’ll discuss how politics plays into board appointments and how to navigate the process.


  • Anna Berger, Sr. Director of Operations, SC Association of Counties
  • Former Representative Mandy Powers Norrell, South Carolina House District 44, Lancaster (2013-2019)
  • Debbie Summers, Council Member District 4, Lexington County Council

4:30 p.m.Closing Session – Finding a Board the Suits Your Skills & Interests + MatchBoard Demonstration presented by SC WIL

Moderator: Emily Bowerman, MatchBoard Director, SC Women in Leadership with Sarah Brock, Beaufort County Clerk to Council

Learn how to find and apply for open seats on boards & commissions in your area using SC WIL’s database and the innovative new MatchBoard app.

5:00 p.m.Call to Action + Send-Off 

*Check back for presenter/panelist updates.

Join us after SpringBoard for Leading Ladies Night Out. Relax and celebrate our learnings with old friends and new.

Information about last year’s virtual conference can be found at this link.


May 17, 2022
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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