The title of Thursday’s panel discussion is: Advancing Women in the Workplace and some of the specific questions for our panelists include
- What specific behaviors do you see as contributing to or derailing women’s efforts to advance into leadership roles?
- What is your organization doing to encourage women to seek leadership positions?
Our panelists include two experienced executives from one of the largest employers in Columbia, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Meet them this Thursday, 7:30 a.m. at Spring Valley Country Club, register here.
Terry Peace is a seasoned executive who combines the perspective of a hospital nursing career with more than a decade with South Carolina’s leading health insurer. She is currently the Senior Vice President of the Group and Individual Division at BCBS of South Carolina. As a leader of one of the company’s most important lines of business, she is accustomed to visibility and accountability. Terry is responsible for providing executive leadership, senior management, and strategic direction to all of the division’s operational activities.
Terry also serves in leadership capacities in charitable organizations throughout the Midlands. Her personal passion is improving the health of women and children. She most visibly demonstrates her commitment through affiliation with the American Heart Association, as a member of the SC Chapter Board for the Midlands March of Dimes, and as past Chairman of the Go Red for Women Board.
Terry lives with her husband Alan in Chapin. She has a son Taylor (28), daughter in law Leah (26), and a daughter Erica (26). In the Peace family, competing allegiances to South Carolina, Clemson, and Wofford College mean that most football season Saturdays, there’s at least one winner.
Sarah Martin is considered a true subject matter expert in customer strategy. Her expertise is frequently sought for key presentations to clients, partners, and consultants. In her tenth year with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Sarah is the Assistant Vice President of Product Development and Member Engagement. Her dynamic leadership and strategic vision have been crucial to the growth, retention and transformation of large employers in South Carolina.
Before coming to BCBS of SC, Sarah worked in an immigration think tank and a political polling firm in Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Relations from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Strategic Research and Polling from George Washington University.
Sarah serves as a member of Junior League of Columbia, board member to Friends of Richland County Library, and chair of the communications committee for Trenholm United Methodist Church. She is also a proud graduate of Leadership Columbia’s Class of 2008.
Panelists bring expertise
Joining Terry and Sarah will be Rebecca Vance, City Manager of the City of Cayce to offer a perspective from the public sector.
See you on Thursday!