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Inaugural Women's Leadership Symposium

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

SC Chamber of Commerce


The first statewide Women's Leadership Symposium (WLS) hopes to build women's business leadership. The S.C. Chamber of Commerce celebrates the unique perspective and leadership women bring to the table. This special annual conference to explore the opportunities and obstacles women encounter in business. Let's shape the way we do business in South Carolina.

Panel: The Shoulders We Stand On - Women Who Opened Doors

Women have been breaking barriers for decades. Today, we enjoy access to opportunities that were once available only to men because of the vision and hard work of the women who came before us. Gain understanding from these groundbreaking thinkers and doers who have helped pave the way.

The Future of Business - Trends That Define 2022 and Beyond

The pandemic has created seismic shifts in labor demands and accelerated existing trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation, with up to 25 percent more workers than previously estimated potentially needing to switch occupations. What's next in the workplace for you?

Keynote and Lunch

Women Blazing New Trails

The business landscape is changing. Attitudes towards 'traditional' ways of doing business are evolving, and the new economy is demanding less focus on roles and more on skills needed to drive competitive advantage. Innate feminine leadership skills and traits women bring are playing an important role in shaping the future of business. Meet S.C. women who are breaking new ground.

Panel: Women in Politics

A discussion from the viewpoint of women in various political roles across South Carolina. Learn more about how they work together to support workforce transition and growth that benefits female workers and strengthens our state's economy.

Athena Awards

We are proud to partner with the South Carolina's Leadership Network (SC WIL) to present the ATHENA Leadership Award® honoring women who embody achievement of the highest level of professional excellence, have contributed time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assisted others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential. One award will be given for Women's Business Leadership Accomplishment and one Young Professional Award nominated by their S.C. peers and selected by an esteemed panel of judges. Nominations close April 22, 2022

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

TIME: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln St. Columbia, SC 29201

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