The Great Conversation connects young professionals with influential community leaders and United Way advocates. Through these conversations, we hope to create an intimate space to hear from local leaders on the importance of philanthropy and civic engagement — and how giving back to our community can positively influence your career.
Dinner will include a three-course meal and two drinks.

The Great Conversation
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 5–8:15 p.m.

The Westin Poinsett
120 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601

NETWORKING: 5–6 P.M.
DINNER: 6–8:15 P.M.

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MEET YOUR TABLE HOSTS

DR. KAREN BAYNES-DUNNING

A former juvenile court judge, Dr. Karen Baynes-Dunning has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life for children, youth and families. Over the past 25 years, she has served in numerous leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors to help improve the public policies and services that affect the lives of young people.

Since 2013, Baynes-Dunning has served as the federal court-appointed monitor overseeing reform efforts at the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. She is president of Baynes-Dunning Consulting LLC of Greenville, S.C.

After receiving a juris doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, she practiced antitrust litigation in the law firm Alston & Bird. She then became the first executive director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program and director of program development and management for the Fulton County Juvenile Court in Atlanta, Georgia. She was appointed to the juvenile court bench in Fulton County in 1998 and served until 2002.

She has also served as associate director for governmental services and research at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government; as a visiting professor at the Emory University School of Law; and as associate professor at the University of Alabama. She received a bachelor’s degree in politics from Wake Forest University.

PASTOR SEAN DOGAN

Reverend Richard Sean Dwayne Dogan has provided pastoral leadership to Long Branch Baptist Church for over 20 years. He is a 1998 graduate of Clemson University and attended Shaw School of Divinity. Pastor Dogan is also a graduate of The Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative. He is married to Satreva Dogan. They have 3 daughters; Ramiah, Nishea and Terri. 

Pastor Dogan has initiated feeding programs and has worked diligently to bring the message of wellness to the community. He has also led the church in supporting youth employment through community gardening.

Pastor Sean Dogan serves or has served on the following Boards:  GHS Board of Trustees, United Way Board of Trustees, SHARE Board of Directors, Greenville Forward Board of Directors, LiveWell Greenville Leadership Team, Senior Action Board of Trustees, Generations Group Board of Directors, Pendleton Place for Children and Families Board of Directors, Public Education Partners Board of Directors, Civitan, UNCF Upstate and N.A.A.C.P.  

He is listed as one of the best and brightest under 35 by Greenville Business Magazine.

NALISHA HENRY

With a heart for service that began in childhood and a belief in the power of community, Nalisha Henry’s passion for public service has manifested into an impactful career.

After graduation from Furman University, she obtained a Master of Public Administration from Clemson University. Nalisha currently serves as vice president of community impact at United Way of Greenville County. In her role she leads strategy and operations for United Way’s multimillion-dollar portfolio of community investments and initiatives, while working to advance equity and economic mobility in Greenville County through collaboration and partnership.

Nalisha has been recognized as one of Greenville’s “Best and Brightest” by Greenville Business Magazine, “Young Professional of the Year” by Greenville Chamber, “Bridge Builder” by Bridges to a Brighter Future at Furman University, and “Top Ten Young Professional” by Upstate Network, and Campbell Scholar at Furman University. Nalisha is a member of Leadership Greenville Class 48 and graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Furman University.

JULIO HERNANDEZ

Julio Hernandez serves as the Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach in the Division of Inclusion & Equity at Clemson University. As Assistant Vice President for the Division of Inclusion and Equity, Julio is responsible for assisting the Chief Inclusion Officer in leading the strategic development and implementation of policies, programs, and initiatives that support and sustain a culturally diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment. In addition, as Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach, Julio provides leadership and support to Clemson University in helping recruit, retain, advance, and foster a welcoming, inclusive environment for Hispanic and Latinx students, staff, and faculty through researched best practices.

Julio serves as one of the co-chairs for Clemson University’s Men of Color National Summit, member of Clemson’s Brother-to-Brother Advisory Board, Clemson University Diversity & Inclusion Council, the President’s Social Justice & Equity Task Force, and the Clemson University Commission for Latino Affairs. Julio is a graduate of the Clemson University’s President Leadership Institute, Furman University’s Riley Institute for Diversity Leaders Initiative program and Leadership Greenville.

Julio enjoys serving his community by sharing his time and resources as a board and committee member with various organizations throughout the State of South Carolina such as: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, Teach for America South Carolina, Greenville County School District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, Habitat for Humanity Greenville County, Leadership Greenville Program, Community Foundation of Greenville, Hispanic Alliance, Tri-County Technical College Board of Visitors, Anderson County Latinx Advisory Council, Pacesetters-Greenville Chamber, Mentor Upstate, Greenville Center for the Creative Arts, Greenville Theater, and Euphoria Greenville.

Julio has over 20 years of work experience in higher education with a background in admissions, recruiting, financial aid, marketing, public & community relations, student affairs, business operations and in diversity, equity and inclusion. As an educator and community leader, Julio works towards building equitable bridges for success for all students, especially 1st generation college students. Julio serves as a mentor to various K-12 & college students throughout the Upstate.

Julio is a first-generation high school and college graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, with a minor in Pre-Law from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master’s Degree in Management & Leadership, with a minor in Human Resource Development from Webster University in Greenville. Julio is currently pursuing his doctorate in Executive Leadership at Clemson University.

Julio is from San Antonio, Texas and lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife, Melissa Palmer Hernandez, a Clemson Tiger.

DAVID LOMINACK

David Lominack is market president of South Carolina for TD Bank, where he is responsible for commercial banking throughout the state.

David joined the former Carolina First Bank in May 1997 as a management associate. Upon completion of the Management Associate program, he served in a number of roles including branch manager, commercial loan officer, Private Banking, and regional Retail Banking executive. From 2006-2010, he served as market president for the Midlands region of South Carolina.

In 2010 Carolina First was acquired by TD Bank, and David returned home to take on the role of market president for the newly formed Upstate-Midlands region. He was appointed market president of South Carolina in 2015.

David earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Presbyterian College. He also is a graduate of the Stonier National Graduate School of Banking; Leadership Greenville; the Diversity Leadership Initiative at Furman; and is a Liberty Fellow.

A stalwart community supporter, David serves on numerous community boards.  He currently serves as co-chair for Greenville County’s Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission (REEM), executive committee for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and board member for the United Way of Greenville County.  He is past chair for United Way of Greenville County, past chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and past chair of the South Carolina Bankers Association.

David and his wife, Courtney, reside in Greenville with their three children: Henry; James; and Lynne.

JOANIE MARTIN

Joanie Martin is Chief Transformation Officer for Elliott Davis LLC, a leading business solutions firm operating across the southeastern U.S. In this role Joanie is focusing on various strategic initiatives aligned with the continued transformation of the firm to support future growth and expansion.

After earning her undergraduate degree from Furman and an MBA from Georgia Tech, Joanie began her career with Elliott Davis in the Audit practice. After 4 years in the Greenville office, she took a  Controller position at Michelin, N.A. She worked at Michelin for over 25 years, holding high level strategic positions including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer.

In addition to her technical capabilities in the finance area, she brings a unique perspective on business, talent and leadership, as well as strategic global experience in the corporate world.

Joanie is married to Mike Martin and they have a son who is a sophomore at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. She has extensive board experience over the years and is currently serving on the Greenville Community Foundation board. In her free time Joanie enjoys playing tennis and pickle ball, spending time at the lake and convincing her husband to do home improvement projects with her.

JEFF MILLER

Jeff Miller is the Vice President and General Manager for ITW Hartness, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW).

With more than six (6) years of ITW experience, Jeff is highly regarded for his ability to deliver results through continuous learning, effective execution, and a collaborative leadership style. He is also adept in leveraging the core tenants of the ITW business model to deliver bottom-line growth. He has held several roles of increasing responsibility across the ITW Appliance Components and Construction Products segments, where he helped grow the division revenue by more than 20%. Now responsible for leading ITW Hartness – part of the Specialty Products segment – Jeff brings his diverse commercial and engineering background and passion for manufacturing to a growing division.

Prior to his tenure with ITW, Jeff spent the first 20 years of his career at Whirlpool. Working his way through several engineering and operations positions, he transitioned to leadership roles in product development in North America, Europe, and globally.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He also earned his MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Newly relocated to the Greenville area, Jeff and his wife, Misty, enjoy hiking, running, and traveling in their spare time. They look forward to experiencing all the South Carolina upstate has to offer.

CARLOS PHILLIPS

Carlos Phillips began serving as President/CEO of the Greenville Chamber on March 29, 2016. The Greenville Chamber‘s vision for a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper, and mission for leading, convening, and mobilizing the business community to drive regional economic growth are supported by its 1,800 member businesses and $4 million annual operating budget.

Much has been achieved during Phillips’ time with the Greenville Chamber, including the implementation of strategic plans for the organization, and Accelerate (the Chamber’s private sector fueled economic develop campaign), selling its office of forty years and moving downtown to Grenville’s central business district, leading a statewide effort for legislation to expand the number of non-violent offenses eligible for removal from one’s criminal record, partnering with Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Charlotte chambers to form the SC Metro-Chambers Coalition, and partnering with the United Way of Greenville County and the Urban League of the Upstate to for the Greenville Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission. The Greenville Chamber Foundation secured a $500,000 grant to expand its Minority Business Accelerator initiative to the Columbia and Charleston markets.

The Chamber has been awarded “Chamber of the Year” by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for its programmatic leadership and value to its members and earned 5-Star Accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its operational excellence.

Phillips is an active leader in the community and his profession, serving as a director for VisitGreenvilleSC, Urban League of the Upstate, Community Foundation of Greenville, and United Way of the Upstate. He chairs the United Negro College Fund Upstate Mayor’s Masked Ball which raises funds to help get kids to and through college. He serves on the executive committee of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and chairs its Metro Cities Council, and he’s also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Committee of 100” and serves on its Equality of Opportunity task force.

Originally from Owensboro, KY, Phillips received an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in organizational communications from Western Kentucky University. He and his wife, LaTonya, have four children.

DR. SARIA SACCOCIO

Dr. Saria Saccocio is a physician executive consultant, advising companies to strategically and equitably deliver value-based healthcare spanning populations across the continuum. Among her current leadership initiatives, Dr. Saccocio serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the National Minority Quality Forum’s Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity.

Dr. Saccocio has demonstrated a consistent history of leading award-winning programs and improving patient care and safety across the continuum as a Chief Medical Officer for health systems in the southeast. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida, and her Executive Master of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Miami before opening her own solo family practice. She continues to serve patients at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.

Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized Dr. Saccocio as one of the top 100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know and has been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Her extensive civic and community involvement has included serving with many organizations such as: the Modern Healthcare Women Advisory Board, board member for the South Carolina Hospital Association, United Way of Greenville County; Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Board, and is an Alum of the Women’s Leadership Institute and the Diversity Leadership Institute at Furman University.

ART SEAVER

R. Arthur “Art” Seaver, Jr., is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Southern First Bank and its holding company Southern First Bancshares. Southern First opened in 1999 and now operates in 12 locations in the Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston markets of South Carolina as well as the Charlotte, Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia with approximately $2.8 billion in total assets.

Art is a 1986 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in financial management and a 1999 graduate of the BAI Graduate School of Community Bank Management. He is passionate about making a difference in the Greenville community. He has been involved with a number of non-profits throughout the years, giving of his time and resources to impact the lives of those around him. Art is past Chairman of the Board for United Way of Greenville County and past Chair of the United Way Palmetto Society.

Past organizations that he has worked with include the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council; Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Board of Directors; Thornblade Club, Board of Directors; South Carolina Bankers Association; Leadership Greenville; Greenville Chamber of Commerce; South Carolina Network of Business and Education Partnership; Junior Achievement; Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Junior League; and First Presbyterian Church.

DONNICE WILKERSON
Donnice Wilkerson is a Greenville native and Michelin North America retiree. During her more than three decades with Michelin, Donnice held several positions in customer service, supply chain and change management. 
 
Donnice has long been involved in Greenville County as a community volunteer, working alongside organizations like United Way, Greenville Women Giving, Junior League of Greenville and Habitat for Humanity (Board of Directors).

Donnice holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration from Southern Wesleyan University. She lives in Greenville with her husband, retired Michelin North America President and CEO Dick Wilkerson. 

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