“Talented Tenth” Aims to Empower Young Professionals

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The Talented Tenth, an organization created by Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin to raise the standard of excellence of young professionals in the African American community, will hold its annual conference the first week of February.

“Talented Tenth Week: Millennials in America, the Work Ahead”, being held February 5 through 11, will feature a week of activities that are designed to bring talented, young professionals from across the Midlands region together to further their personal and professional development.

“Our theme for the week, ‘Millennials In America, The Work Ahead,’ was created to ignite passion in young professionals to help uplift and encourage young professional to be involved in their community. With the uncertainty facing our nation, millennials have major concerns about our future. We must ensure our voices are heard and we must be the change we want to see in the world,” said Kara P. Simmons, Chair of The Talented Tenth Board of Directors. “This event is what we need to collectively awaken our talents and sharpen our skills.”

Schedule of Events

Sunday, February 5th

  • Super Bowl Watch Party 5:00 p.m.
  • Truth, 1004 Gervais Street Columbia, SC
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Kick of the week with Super Bowl LI. Join The Talented Tenth for an evening of networking and football fun.

Monday, February 6th

  • Film Viewing & Q&A – Freedom Riders 6:30 p.m.
  • Nickelodeon Theater, 1607 Main Street Columbia, SC
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Watch the movie Freedom Riders, the story behind an honorary group of civil rights activists in the American south who challenged segregation in 1961. This film is part the Nickelodeon’s Black Stories Series and a Q & A moderated by USC Professor Bobby Donaldson will follow.

Tuesday, February 7th

  • Talk Tuesdays 5:00 p.m.
  • Truth, 1004 Gervais Street Columbia, SC
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Join special guests of The Talented Tenth for a discussion on what it really means to be Millennials in America.

Wednesday, February 8th

  • CEO Networking Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • NBSC Building, 1221 Main Street Columbia, SC
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • The Talented Tenth will host The International African American Museum for an evening of power networking with leading CEOs.

Thursday, February 9th

  • Facebook Live/Twitter Talk 6:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Join The Talented Tenth virtually, through Facebook or Twitter (@teamtenth) for an interactive live interview with a very special guest discussing the “Work Ahead”.

Friday, February 10th

  • Talented Tenth Annual Conference 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Parker Poe, 1221 Main Street, Suite 1100 Columbia, SC
  • Cost: $40 Includes Admission to Evening Celebration ($30 Early Bird, $15 Students)
  • The Talented Tenth Conference includes topics such as Education, Professional Development, Economic Empowerment, Political Awareness and Young, Black & Gifted. A historical luncheon is included.
  • Talented Tenth Celebration 9:00 p.m.
  • Spirit Communications Park, 1640 Freed Drive Columbia, SC
  • Cost: Included in Conference Registration
  • This will be an upscale soiree for young professionals to wrap up the conference.
  • Food and drink specials will be available.

Saturday, February 11th

  • African American Tour 1:00 p.m.
  • South Carolina State House 1100 Gervais Street Columbia, SC
  • Cost: $30
  • The tour will begin at the SC African American Monument at the State House, to embark on Columbia’s black history tour. Jeannie Jackson McDowell presents the “Around the Block Tour” a celebration and education about Small Businesses, Culture and Food in the Metro. The tour is from 1 – 3pm and ends at the monument, where dinner will be served by The Food Academy, LLC. (In the event of inclement weather, dinner will take place at a nearby restaurant.)

For information or to register, click here.

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