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SpringBoard Conference 2023

May 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The fourth annual SpringBoard Conference will help South Carolina women who have yet to seek positions on appointed boards and commissions gain the knowledge and confidence to do so and help women already serving become more effective board members. Learn the important role boards and commissions play in our government, understand the responsibilities associated with serving, and how to stand out in the application process. 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 service on corporate and nonprofit boards and hear from the officials who oversee appointments to statewide boards!

This is a virtual only conference.


Leading in the Private Sector: Serving on a Corporate or Non-Profit Board
Learn what it’s like serving on a private board, how to know if it’s the right fit for you, what experience you need, and how to find opportunities.

Presented by:
Karen Jenkins, Chair-Elect, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Member, SC Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, President & CEO, KRJ Consulting, LLC
Naomi Lett, President & CEO, United Way of SC

Starting at Home: Serving on a Local Appointed Board

Learn the roles boards and commissions play in local government, how they function, and the type of boards you can expect to find.

Presented by:
Kim Roberts, PhD, Fairfield County Clerk to Council


A New Solution: Appointments in the Digital Age
Learn how the innovative new MatchBoard app can help you find and apply for boards in your area.

Demonstration presented by:
Emily Bowerman, MatchBoard Director, SC Women in Leadership
Christie Lindsey, Clerk, City of Spartanburg

The Secret Formula for Being Appointed

What makes a candidate stand out to the council members and mayors making appointments? What skills should you have? Can networking help? What should you do before and after you apply?

Brandy Amidon, Mayor, City of Travelers Rest
David Kenner, Barnwell County Council
Daniel Rickenmann, Mayor, City of Columbia

How to Become a (More) Effective Board Member

What’s it like to serve? What’s the time commitment involved and how do you juggle it with other responsibilities? How many hours a month are you working outside of meetings? How do you handle conflict during meetings? How can you build a relationship with council members and officials? How do you increase your value to and status on the board?

Aisha Grant Taylor, Workers Compensation Commission
Kelly Glynn, City of Columbia Hospitality Tax Committee
Ashlye Wilkerson, PhD, Winthrop Board of Trustees

Expanded Horizons: Serving on a Statewide Board

Learn more about opportunities to serve at the state level and how the appointment process varies from local appointments.

S.C. State Senator Sandy Senn, District 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Counties, Member, S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee, S.C. Senate Corrections and Penology Committee, and S.C. Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
S.C. State Representative Beth Bernstein, District 78 – Richland County, Member, S.C. House Judiciary Committee and Secretary, S.C. House Ethics Committee
Kristy Quattrone, Director of Boards and Commissions for Governor Henry McMaster

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May 20, 2023
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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