Nov. 8, 2019
The Moore School and the Graduate Women in Business student organization hosted the 2019 Leadership Symposium Nov. 1. Tribetan CEO Tiffany Norwood delivered a keynote on growing the next generation of leaders.
In the 1990s when Norwood was in her 20s, she led fundraising efforts to the tune of $670 million to establish WorldSpace, one of the first satellite radio companies that worked with XM Satellite Radio in the 2000s. Currently with Tribetan, Norwood travels the globe as a motivational speaker to share her success story and how entrepreneurs and innovators can turn their ideas and goals into reality.
“Tiffany’s message is particularly important in the current cultural climate in which we live. These are polarizing times, and rather than dwell on our differences, we need to band together to succeed,” said Suzanne Ducker, vice president of the Graduate Women in Business student organization and an International MBA candidate whose concentration is marketing and business analytics. Ducker planned the 2019 Leadership Symposium with Graduate Women in Business president Anastasia Gracheva, an IMBA candidate whose concentration is finance and business analytics.
“Tiffany is a visionary and a powerhouse, but she herself will be the first to say that she would not be where she is today without the help of others who believed in her, her ‘tribe.’ At the 2019 Leadership Symposium, she encouraged all of us to find our ‘tribe,’ share our dreams, and keep going!”
The event also featured a panel with directors from Astec Industries, Blackbaud and EngenuitySC. Leaders from FNB Corporation and Michelin discussed diversity and forging your own path. An informal networking reception was held after the symposium for attendees, which included students, alumni, young professionals and members of the South Carolina community.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil, Fluor and Southern Commercial Development, the 2019 Leadership Symposium focused on leadership development, self-advocacy and academic empowerment through meaningful engagement.
“We wanted to create an environment where diverse individuals and allies could come together to discuss the current state of the business world, how it is changing, and what that means for us,” Ducker said.