EngenuitySC’s inaugural Competitiveness Week presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will celebrate the progress our region has made, showcase some of the initiatives that make it great, and reveal the results of the 2017 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report.


Monday, January 29

Midlands Cultural Plan Kick-Off
2:00 p.m.  – Township Auditorium
Presented by One Columbia

This 12-18 month effort will result in a plan that takes into consideration current trends in the development of arts and culture at a national level, advances the growth of the local and regional creative community, and considers ways to expand access to the arts for the region’s culturally diverse and growing population and align with city planning efforts. We need your input, ideas and voice.

Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report Launch
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – MyCarolina Alumni Center
Presented by EngenuitySC

We’ve seen the Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report catalyze one of the largest private-sector initiatives by regional business leaders. Join leaders from around the region to see where the Midlands have moved forward – and in some cases, taken a step back – at this year’s release.

Tuesday, January 30

State of the City Address
6:00 p.m. – Columbia College
Presented by City of Columbia

Wednesday, January 31

iTs|SC: Columbia’s New Vision for Insurance Tech
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Location TBA
Presented by iTs|SC, Columbia’s Insurance Technology and Services Cluster

Speakers will include Maria Price, iTs|SC Chair; Eddie Jones, VP of Corporate Strategy, Duck Creek Technologies; Amelia Hough-Ross, Deputy CTO, Companion Data Services; Sam McGuckin, EVP Duck Creek Practice, Capgemini and founder, TCube Solutions; Jeff Ruble, Director of Economic Development, Richland County; Henry Bryson, AVP & Technology Capability Officer, UNUM & Colonial Life; and Steve Wiggins, Board Chairman, IT-oLogy.
Register here to attend. 

Thursday, February 1

What’s Next Midlands Voting Event
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  – SOCO Vista

What’s Next Midlands honors our neighbors’ shared dedication to building a fun, welcoming, engaged community. This January, we’ll celebrate three years of successful endeavors, select a new social investor-funded project, and usher in a new era of programming – The What’s Next Midlands Grant Program and Giving Circle.

Three projects will be presented to What’s Next Midlands social investors, and one winning idea will be selected before the evening concludes. The event is free to attend. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.

Friday, February 2

Managing Gender Bias: A Workshop for HR Professionals (see below for details)
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Richland Library Main Branch
Register here.

Build Your Value: A Workshop for Women (see below for details)
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Richland Library Main Branch
Registration full.

Sponsored by the Knight Foundation, Central Carolina Community Foundation, and Richland Library

According to a 2014 global study by McKinsey & Company, companies with three or more women in senior management functions score higher in all dimensions of organizational effectiveness. Greater opportunities for women will mean greater opportunity for the Midlands, and we are excited to include these workshops in our Competitiveness Week lineup.

Gender Bias Training for Human Resources Professionals

February 2, noon – 3 pm with lunch provided

The issue of gender bias often rises to the surface for organizations when it causes an acknowledged exodus of female talent or concerns of liability — or both. But having the conversation about unconscious gender bias isn’t an easy one to have, especially in the workplace. In this signature workshop, Jodi Detjen of Orange Grove Consulting facilitates an open and honest conversation about gender bias from the point of view and experience of Human Resources Professionals. The group will discuss what it means for men, women and the organization. In Detjen’s approach to this subject, she then help participants identify actual practices that make a difference in the long-term trajectory of their organizations, and how to influence top management to invest in making a difference, by articulating the value of the outcomes.

Participants will achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Identify the tangible impact gender bias has on the organization’s performance
  • Acknowledge the different perspectives men and women have about gender equity
  • Identify underlying assumptions in both male and female colleagues to re-think processes, practices and programs.
  • Share best practices with and learn from senior peers
  • Prepare a go-forward plan

Ideal Participant: Human Resource professionals who can influence or implement change in their organizations.

Register here.

Build Your Value – A Workshop for Women

February 2, 4-6 pm with a reception following

In this 2-hour workshop led by Jodi Detjen of Orange Grove Consulting, participants move beyond the superficial “fake it ‘til you make it” advice and dig more deeply into understanding themselves and the foundation for building value. Participants learn how to frame their accomplishments in ways that showcase the value they bring to the business and/or clients, and how to build their skills in thinking more strategically.

Participants will achieve the following learning objectives:

    • Quantify their business value to their employer and to themselves
    • Clearly articulate their accomplishments to position themselves for career satisfaction and promotion
    • Understand the relationship between strategic thinking and value
    • Shift their perspective on what being a senior leader entails

Ideal participants: early and mid-career professional women,  entrepreneurs, and those re-entering the workforce after time away.

Registration full.


EngenuitySC’s 2018 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Week is presented by: