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MESHSC: Cultivating Biotech Talent in South Carolina

Is South Carolina prepared for Biotech?

With the advent of exponential technologies, the Life Science and Biotech industry continues to drive forward with ever increasing speed. Is South Carolina’s workforce ready?

We will continue our MESH-SC conversation about biotech with Julian Nixon, Professor of Anatomy & Physiology and Department Head of Biological Sciences at Greenville Technical College  Julian will share an educational perspective of how students are being prepared for biotech careers. We will also tour Greenville Technical Colleges state of the art biotech lab.

Christian Graves, President of the Carolina Biotech Group will share an industry update and key developments in life science and biotech in South Carolina. He will also provide an industry perspective of what we need to do to prepare the SC workforce for careers of biotech.

RSVP early due to limited space. 

What is MESH-SC

MESH-SC stands for Manufacturing Engineering Sustainability and Health in South Carolina.  It represents an ecosystem of collaboration through the MESHing of growth industries and disciplines for economic progress in South Carolina.  MESH-SC advocates the continual building of a strong fabric of knowledge sharing between  advanced manufacturing, engineering, clean tech, and health-based industries through education, research, and projects.

About our Presenters

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Julian is an educator, motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but for over 9 years he has called Greenville his home. Julian is a Professor of Anatomy & Physiology and Department Head of Biological Sciences at Greenville Technical College. He is the Faculty Advisor for the African American Male Leadership Institute, an organization started by students, faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders to increase the retention and persistence of African American males on the collegiate level. The organization has seen its members achieve college graduation, transfers to four year institutions, distinguished military service and exceptional student leadership.

After rebounding from academic probation to graduate with two degrees from Clemson University, Julian found his passion in higher education. He created two YouTube channels (daprofessa77 and daprofessa nixon) that offer online tutoring in Anatomy & Physiology. He has also launched a website and authored a book on student success that targets the uncommon issues of student life hindering students from obtaining the full educational experience. Julian speaks each year on leadership, education, overcoming obstacles and the need for leading change.

Julian has participated in Leadership Greer, Founder’s Institute, GHS Development Council, Faculty Senate, GTC President’s Leadership Institute, SC, Annual Student Leadership Conference, South Carolina Technical Education Association, Clemson Black Alumni, Youth Ministry, Children’s Outreach, as well as partnerships with several other organizations and initiatives.

Julian has been blessed with several honors such as GTC Professor of the Year; SC Technical Educators Association Educator of the Year; NISOD Excellence in Education National Award; SC Governor Distinguished Professor of the Year; 107.3 JAMZ Black History Makers; Talented Tenth Top 10 Young Professionals Award; 96.3 Black History Makers; SC Black Pages Who’s Who of Colleges and Universities; and Business Black Box Magazine’s Trailblazer.

Julian often quotes a sample from the dissertation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which states that “I cannot be who I am supposed to be until you are who you are supposed to be; and you cannot be who you are supposed to be until I am who I supposed to be…this is the law of interrelatedness.” Julian enjoys writing, traveling, eating new foods, playing video games, collecting comics and working on his new start-up company. Julian is married to his college sweetheart Shante’.

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Christian is co-founder and chairman of the Carolina Biotech Group. Currently pursuing a path as a physician-scientist at USC School of Medicine, Graves is passionate about translating discoveries at the bench into meaningful therapies that benefit others. He is a South Carolinian through-and-through (just lacks the accent) and is proud to have returned to his roots after fellowship at the National Institutes of Health where he successfully pursued translational medicine with a focus in all things neuro. He thrives when working with diverse teams of innovators to improve health, rebels against traditional barriers to progress, and would like to see himself as a pioneer. He enjoys spending time in the mountains with his family rock climbing, biking, and whitewater kayaking, renovating his mid-century house, and rooting for his local hockey team.

 

Y2MAKE: Creating our Future Through Advanced Manufacturing

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Y Manufacturing?

We are in the midst of a manufacturing renaissance, especially in the Southeast. The Upstate has a seasoned workforce, however with the increase of new technologies and approaches to manufacturing including additive and robotics, the requisite skills needed in science and engineering have also increased. How do improve this knowledge gap? How do we get more interested in manufacturing especially the Y and Z generations? How do we tap into the large number of engineers in SC to help?

At our MESHSC event on Tuesday, April 19 our speakers, who are passionately advocating learning and advancement of manufacturing in South Carolina, will be addressing these questions and more. Both speakers will share insights into their organizational initiatives involving human capital development needs.

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Jay Blankenship will share an overview of his role as Workforce Advisor for Greenville and the State Future Makers Initiative and implications to the future of advance manufacturing impact on South Carolina.

 

 

dicktiano-sme-awardDick Tiano, will be providing a presentation about “What is SME” and our ties to Advance Manufacturing. He will cover areas such as the Advanced Manufacturing media that is available, events we sponsor and support, membership and its benefits, the technical communities available, certification opportunities and he will wrap up with information and accomplishments for SME Chapter 430. Dick is currently the Chair of that Chapter.

 

We will wrap up our event with a crowd-sourced ideation engagement targeting involvement of manufacturing engineers and support from the Upstate SC.

Food and refreshments will be served.

About our Presenters

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My #WomenLeadGVL Story

Strong and determined women have inspired me since childhood. From my wife, mom,  and my grandmother (see 7 Things I learned from my Grandmother) to two of the  most impactful bosses of my career, I’ve personally learned and grown through the mentorship and guidance of women. Regrettably, until lately I have not given much back.

My company Beer and Napkins started with the philosophy of diverse ideas, diverse environment, and diverse people. Yet our board of advisors was made up of close friends and colleagues… and they were all men. This imbalance was painfully apparent after I shared our company with a colleague and she pointed out the lack of a diversity on our board. Furthermore, after coming across a New York Times article by Sheryl Sandberg and her call to action for men “It’s time for men and women alike to join forces in championing gender parity”, my genuineness was challenged. Did I really believe in a diverse group? Though we touted diversity I was not living it! The profound awareness of my inattentiveness to inequities prompted a drive to lead by example. After deep reflection, my business partner Tony Miller and I assessed our current situation and realized we needed to take action.

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Sheryl’s #leanintogether inspired me to use our resources, talents, and Beer and Napkins platform to support women in leadership and entrepreneurship. #WomenLeadGVL was born. It was a way of locally honoring women who have contributed to our growth.  We took few key actions to set in motion our vison.

  • Our #WomenLeadGVL initiative was started to support and encourage women in leadership and entrepreneurship through meetups, events, and other projects.
  • We diversified our board adding two talented women agreed to become part of our organization. Both Pamela Wood Browne and Veronica Schoell have enriched our organization with ideas and support as we grew. They have embraced our #WomenLeadGVL initiative and progressively moving our organization forward.
  • Started a video campaign for #WomenLeadGVL. Here are a few inspirational words from Greenville SC women entrepreneurs and leaders:

June McCreight, COO of Coba Enterprise Management

https://www.facebook.com/BeerNapkins/posts/940076262720355

Amy Roe, Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce

https://www.facebook.com/BeerNapkins/posts/939000449494603

 Jordana Megonigal, Publisher of Business Black Box

https://www.facebook.com/BeerNapkins/posts/935223486538966

Kimberly Carroll, Director of Unusual Circumstances English for Life

https://www.facebook.com/BeerNapkins/posts/934214186639896

Veronical Schoell, Business Coach and Leader in the upstate automotive industry

https://www.facebook.com/BeerNapkins/posts/933734806687834

This is just a start and we have much more to do! Women have worked hard for their current place in leadership positions, equal pay, and entrepreneurship. On this Labor Day and the future, I ask you to reflect on all the women who have contributed to your growth in your career and life and I challenge all men and women to use their resources, talents, and skills to support women’s personal growth, leadership, and entrepreneurship. We encourage you to use our #WomenLead__ and replace the last three letters with your community and spread the encouragement.

Phillip A. McCreight, MHRD, SHRM-SCP
Founder
Beer and Napkins, LLC
M 864-430-0903
philm@beerandnapkins.com
www.beerandnapkins.com
Have Ideas for Engaging Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship share here https://beerandnapkins.imaginethat.io/womenleadgvl  #WomenLeadGVL