Leadership Luncheon: Good to be Back — In Person


June 29, 2022

By Megan Fink

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, it was great to host hundreds of our region’s business and community leaders at Trident Technical College on June 16. Besides seeing familiar faces and networking with new connections, the highlight of the afternoon was guest speaker Gary Pinkus, chairman of McKinsey & Company North America. Pinkus discussed leadership in this era of disruption due to COVID, inflation pressures, supply chain congestion and talent reshuffling, just to name a few hot topics. His philosophy on the CEO role, and its importance to communities, resonated with attendees and sparked an insightful Q&A period.

Key Takeaways:

  • The global public is dissatisfied with current capitalism and has high societal expectations for companies on issues where they can have an impact; Source: 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer
  • Purpose, work that creates meaning, now matters more to employees
  • Cities that account for 30% or more of the global GDP and are becoming more prosperous over time are called “superstar cities”. Source: McKinsey Global Institute
  • 6% of cities worldwide are deemed superstars, and Charleston was highlighted as having an emerging superstar ecosystem to watch.

In addition to Pinkus’ keynote, great information on our region was shared from top leaders including Nir Shalit, Elbit Systems of America; Austin McCombs, Gnosis Freight; Jesse Goodwin, Medical University of South Carolina; and William Bowman III, Ingevity. These bite-sized talks on globalization, talent, innovation, ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance), and kept the energy moving throughout lunch and primed the audience for what’s next.

The event was a success thanks to our sponsors, investors, and public partners. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of partnering with the CRDA, contact Brent Jonas, Director, Stakeholder Relations, at 843.760.4523 or [email protected].

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