Henry McMaster

South Carolina Governor

Henry Dargan McMaster of Columbia became the 117th Governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017. McMaster previously served two years as lieutenant governor, eight years as attorney general and four years as United States attorney.  McMaster was the first U.S. attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.
McMaster has served on the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Palmetto Health Foundation Board and the South Carolina Policy Council (as chairman).  He is admitted to practice in all courts, state and federal, in South Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims (1974), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1975) and the Supreme Court of the United States (1978).
The governor will give a keynote speech on Tuesday, Sept. 11th. There will be no charge.

Suzanne Dickerson

Director, Logistics Industry Initiatives, SC Council on Competitiveness

Suzanne Dickerson joined the Council after serving for 8 years as the Director for International Business Development at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Suzanne’s experience includes 20 years in the automotive industry: 12 years within BMW working in the fields of corporate sustainability, innovation management and long-term strategic and structural planning.She began her career with BMW in Munich Germany at corporate headquarters upon completion of the Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Suzanne speaks fluent German and is also a Fellow of the BMW Foundation Young Leaders Forum. Suzanne serves as Vice President of the multi-state Southern Automotive Women’s Forum and is a Board Member of the South Carolina Automotive Council.
Dickerson will moderate the event, Exceptional Executives: Women Who are Leading the Way, Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 9 a.m.

Cheryl Stanton

Executive Director, SC Dept. of Employment and Workforce (DEW)

Cheryl Stanton was appointed executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) by Gov. Nikki R. Haley in 2013. She is responsible for the direction and management of the state’s employment agency, which is focused on providing quality, customer-driven workforce services that promote financial stability and economic growth to individuals, businesses and communities.
Under Stanton’s leadership, the agency has flourished by expanding the effectiveness of its workforce department and transforming its unemployment insurance (UI) division. The number of people working has increased by 10 percent to an all-time high of more than 2.2 million people. One of Stanton’s most significant partnerships organized by DEW, S.C. Department of Commerce, S.C. Technical College System and the S.C. Department of Education is the S.C. Talent Pipeline project. This long-term talent development system is built on studying data and defining needs at a regional level and then implementing system change, processes and best practices that will create a pipeline of skilled labor for South Carolina businesses
Stanton will be the moderator at the event, Workforce Development Breakfast: Meeting the Needs of the Manufacturing Community. This event will kick off the conference on Tuesday, Sept. 11th.