December 2-4, 2018
Francis Marion Hotel
Immerse yourself in the culture of Charleston. Innovate with new ideas and practices. Inspire and leave your mark.
We are excited about what we have in store for Education Summit 2018. Our planning committee has an amazing speaker lineup and Charleston experiences that will immerse you in the flavors of everything Charleston.
Voted #1 city in the United States by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, Charleston oozes with southern hospitality, a rich culture, and many epicurean experiences you will not want to miss.
Education Summit starts on Sunday, December 2 and concludes Tuesday, December 4. We will IMMERSE you into Charleston and the SITE SE community, our speakers will INSPIRE and challenge you, and after two days of immersion and inspiration we hope you will take what you learned and experienced to INNOVATE in your industry.
Check out the details below and visit back here often for updates. Make sure you are also following us on social media for additional updates.
$300: SITE Member Planner & Supplier
$400: Non-Member Planner
$475: SITE Member Supplier (includes 1 planner)
$600: Non-Member Supplier (includes 1 planner)
$850: Non-Member Supplier (without a planner)
Get ready for an entertainment experience blending Southern humor, folksy wisdom and award-winning singing. Jane Jenkins Herlong considers herself a Lowcountry, South Carolina farm girl who went from bare feet to high heels to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Originally from Johns Island, South Carolina, Jane claims she is so Southern that she’s even “kin to herself”. Jane travels throughout the country sharing her sweet tea wisdom and southern fried humor.
A recent inductee into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame, Jane is one of the 232 men and women to be awarded this honor including former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and General Colin L. Powell. She has also achieved the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association in addition to recently being named a Woman of Distinction from Elysian Magazine.
Jane is the best-selling author of four books. Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops and Bury Me with My Pearls are both Amazon Best-Sellers and award-winning books.
She is also professional singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Jane’s award-winning singing and humor is featured on Sirius XM Radio and Pandora Internet Radio along with Jeff Foxworthy, Ray Romano and Jerry Seinfeld. Jane delivers a simple message that she lives every day… “prove people wrong and laugh while living your dreams.”
Jane has also spoken in New Zealand and Germany and is fluent in four languages: English, Southern, Northern and Lowcountry Gullah (gul‐la).
She is active in her church and community and serves on the board of Piedmont Technical College.
However, Jane’s proudest accomplishments are being a wife and mother. Jane and her family live on the family peach farm in Edgefield County, South Carolina.
Sit back and enjoy some sweet tea wisdom and southern fried humor!
* If flying into Charleston International Airport we recommend you arrive no later than 3:00 PM to take advantage of the unique registration experience we are providing.
|2:00 – 5:00 PM||Registration and Silent Auction begins|
|5:30 – 6:15 PM||Immersive Keynote Session - Jane Herlong |
From the rows of tomato fields to the runway of Miss America, get ready for a journey filled with laughter and lowcountry life-lessons. Jane Jenkins Herlong, a born and bred Charlestonian, will entertain as she welcomes you to the Holy City with her sweet tea wisdom and southern fried humor.
|6:15 – 6:45 PM||SITE Southeast Annual General Meeting & SITE Global Update|
|7:00 – 10:00 PM||Welcome Reception and Dinner|
|10:00 PM – Midnight||Afterglow|
|7:30 – 8:00 AM||Morning Exercise/Activity|
|7:30 – 9:00 AM||Breakfast|
|9:00 – 10:15 AM|| |
Inspiration Keynote - Mark Shulman – P!nk’s Drummer
Discover the world-class drummer who is unlocking the secrets to Hacking the Rockstar Attitude for audiences around the globe.
Is your business prepared to rock? It will be after witnessing Mark Schulman in action.
A legend in the music world and currently on tour with P!NK, Mark Schulman is an incredible musician, dynamic performer and a strategic business mind who has parlayed his success on stage into true business success.
Unlocking strategies to help audiences Hack the Rockstar Attitude and Boost their R.Q. (Rockstar Quotient), your team will be treated to one of those rare events - an incredible show that will empower and inspire, while also providing practical, innovative business strategies. His engaging keynotes are an audio & visual feast, interspersed with LIVE! drum performances that will rock your world. Using music and real-world experience as a teaching tool, Mark Schulman will leave you and your team drumming up new levels of peak performance!
|10:15 – 10:30 AM||Break|
|10:30 – 11:15 AM|| |
Keynote Speaker - Julie Cottineau - Brand Twists, Innovative Branding
Julie Cottineau is the Author of the Best-selling book “TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands” (Panoma Press, 2016). She is the Founder and CEO of BrandTwist, a branding consultancy, and Brand School - the premier branding program for entrepreneurs, nonprofits and small businesses. Her TWIST approach applies best practices from across brand sectors and leverages them for innovative and impactful solutions.
Tired of me-too experiences? Fresh ideas come from looking at current practices from new perspectives. TWISTING takes best practices from successful brands like Virgin, Apple, Starbucks, Blue Apron and Waze and TWISTS them to create new ideas in all areas of meetings and events. It is a fun, energizing approach that immerses participants in the 360-degree power of brand while at the same time helping them to create actionable ideas.
Keynote attendees will learn how to:
|11:20 AM – 12:05 PM|| |
Breakout 1 - Julie Cottineau - An Exercise in Innovative Branding
Following the Keynote, a subset of attendees will have the opportunity to go deeper into our A+++ TWISTING technique and TWIST with brands they love to create actionable ideas for their business (or for one of their clients). In this exercise, attendees work in small teams and are provided with an array of inspirational TWIST brands to choose to TWIST with. They are guided through a simple process to create an idea for their own business.
Our proven A+++ TWISTING technique will teach attendees to:
Breakout 2 - Natasha Cary – Go From Zero to Hero – 5 Steps to Managing Social Media Personally and Professionally.
It can be overwhelming to figure out which social media platforms you should be on and how many times you should post a day. Does it even matter what I post? Is anyone out there? And who has time to do all of that anyway?
During this breakout, we will go over social media best practices, why social media is important, and how to make it easy. We will also review some tips and tricks on how to use some of the most popular platforms so you are not ever experiencing FOMO (we will cover what this too).
|12:15 – 1:30 PM||Lunch, Doors to Dream, Awards|
|1:45 – 3:15 PM||Community Service Event - Kids Club House Build|
|Evening||Dinner on Own|
* If flying out of the Charleston International Airport we recommend booking a flight after 2:00 PM. You won’t want to miss this Final Keynote Speaker.
|7:30 – 8:00 AM||Morning Exercise/Activity|
|8:00 – 9:00 AM||Breakfast|
|9:00 – 10:15 AM||Innovative Keynote - Brent Bushnell |
Brent Bushnell is an entrepreneur, engineer and CEO/co-founder of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
|10:15 - 10:30 AM||Break|
|10:30 - 11:15 AM||John Wilson |
Recognizing the Power of YES, The 3 Letter Word that Changes Everything
|11:15 - 11:45 AM||Closing Remarks and New President Induction|
|11:45 AM||Departure Lunch - Grab & Go|
Photographer Kelli Price will be offering headshot photo shoots a couple times throughout the weekend. Sign up for your photo time upon arrival!