Schedule At A Glance

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. — Check-in, coffee and light breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Sessions (lunch provided)
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. — Good Drinks Happy Hour

View the 2017 agenda below and stay tuned for updates as announced:

Good Business Summit | September 28th, 2017 | College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Check-in, grab your name tag and swag bag, and enjoy a light breakfast provided by Caviar & Bananas, as well as locally-roasted coffee by Coastal Coffee Roasters.


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Welcome and opening remarks. Don’t miss the stunning “speed art” performance by Christopher Johnson “KolPeace” whose works from the day will be available for bidding at the Good Drinks Happy Hour!

Performer & Speakers

Christopher Johnson
Jamee Haley
Jennifer Murray
KJ Kearney – Emcee

From big ideas to daily activities, a panel of founders and CEOs share their stories and reveal the insider process of building a company vision, and then taking it beyond paper to lead the way and keep you on a path for success.


Jennifer Ferrebee
Jamee Haley
Andy McCarthy
Bruce Nelson

Rose-Marie Swift, Founder of RMS Beauty, is a celebrity makeup artist who launched an organic cosmetic company designed to be an industry disrupter. “The [traditional] beauty industry is destroying women’s selves. I say that in every interview. I don’t care. I’m not protecting this industry. I’m older and I don’t care. I’ve got nothing to lose.” From sharing insights on where to spend money vs. where to save, to hiring disciples for your brand, to keeping the soul of your company when considering taking on investors, Rose-Marie will bare it all – including biggest mistakes – in her signature no-holds-barred style.


Hilary Johnson
Rose-Marie Swift

People, not marketers, are the true drivers of word of mouth, but somewhere along the way brands have lost their vision and humanity. Any brand can do great business, but embracing advocates is the true hallmark of brand greatness. Greatness goes beyond us. It’s something bigger and deeper than any one person. It requires a rebellion against the way things have always been done. It’s about the people. We all want advocates, but do you know who those people are? In this session, Geno Church of Brains on Fire will help you find the path to your people. It starts by listening and being interested.

Keynote Speaker

Geno Church

Verde serves up their fresh, healthy fare!


Sign up for a 10-minute mini-feedback session with any of these experts!
*Please note that due to time constraints, late arrival for a session forfeits your time.

Perfecting your Elevator Pitch: LB Adams
Social Media: Johnny Caldwell
Social Media: Taneka Reaves
Real Estate and Commercial Space: Luiz Yamashita

The Shared Ship: Tactics to Reach your Fans, Advocates and Evangelists

Ready to get your hands dirty and get closer to the people who love you for the way you love them? In this exercise, we will create a study of your community by exploring your fans, advocates, and evangelists and how to develop people-centric community plans that apply and appeal to each. Participants will walk away from the session with a deeper understanding of their most passionate people and the framework to develop a holistic community plan.

Geno Church

How to Avoid the Inclusion Illusion

Leaders that encourage and embrace diversity can help establish organizations that have the greatest impact in their communities. This participant-centered session explores the essentials of diversity and provides a platform for engaging in courageous conversations that challenge assumptions on the subject of diversity. The unique experience and background of the presenter, Charles Weathers, contributes to a lively and meaningful exchange. Attendees will receive real-world recommendations along with practical tools such as how to craft a Diversity & Inclusion statement for the workplace.

Charles Weathers

Write a Killer Vision Statement in 1 Hour
Andy McCarthy of King of Pops and Jamee Haley, Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First, will lead a “Zingerman’s style” session on writing a Great Vision. According to Zingerman, a strong vision is “akin to the North Star. It’s a vivid description of what ‘success’ looks and feels like for us — what we are able to achieve.” In this workshop, we will guide you to write a vision that can set the course for your personal or business future.

Jamee Haley
Andy McCarthy

Whether we are leading a multinational organization or a small local company, the impact on the world we can have is only as great as our internal capacity to create it. If we can cultivate the skills, inner-clarity and compassion to get the Why behind our efforts to do good, then the authenticity of leading these efforts will create the highest impact and most long-term sustainable good we wish to see. In this workshop, we will cultivate such capacity as well as the framework of how it will transmit to a great workplace and state of wild success.


Aaron Kahlow

Work is not working for many of us. Outdated workplace structures are forcing employees – particularly women – to quit the workforce and preventing those who stay from reaching top positions of leadership. Find out about how strategic workplace flexibility will revolutionize the workplace to meet the needs of modern society — and how your company can get a head start.

Keynote Speaker

Annie Dean

Charleston’s first Poet Leaureate, Marcus Amaker, will close the Summit with a fresh poem written on the spot – using the key phrases, shared ideas and important conversations heard throughout the day.

Join us for Good Drinks at the fun and funky office of Blue Ion for a networking cocktail hour with attendees and speakers from The Good Business Summit.

Location: 301 King Street (behind the Apple Store)
See map in your printed program for easy walking directions from the Sottile Theatre.

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* Sessions listed here are subject to change.