Finding 21st century solutions to an aging workforce is an issue confronting businesses everywhere.

One Upstate company found answers at the Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning and will be sharing their story at one of the center’s “C-Suite Sessions” on June 5, 8-10:30 a.m., at Greenville ONE, 1 N. Main St., Greenville.

“Like many companies, we needed to address a risk management issue related to the capture and transfer of knowledge in succession planning,” said Mary Alice Bowers, vice president of human resources at T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc., of Travelers Rest. “Because this process was not a core competency of ours, we went to an outside source to find solutions.”

Bowers and Ken Gallagher, VP of global sales for the family-owned business, will be joined by other panelists from the Center for Corporate Learning in an interactive workshop session that is geared for C-Suite, human resources, and talent and learning development professionals.

“The Clemson Center for Corporate Learning offers C-Suite Sessions quarterly on high-level topics that are germane to businesses today,” said Nan Johnston, the center’s director. “On June 5, we’ll feature a local business partner who came to us looking for comprehensive succession management. Through a collaborative partnership, we helped T&S develop a process for leadership development and knowledge capture and transfer that is compliant with industry standards for succession planning.”

Bowers is a 27-year employee of the family-owned business that produces plumbing fixtures for industrial use, including the food service industry. She said the Center for Corporate Learning’s resources helped T&S create a method to identify and organize various work roles, which resulted in the company achieving compliance with international standards on management and quality assurance.

“The Center for Corporate Learning team started with an executive-level learning session with company leaders that focused on culture and managing risk in succession planning,” Bowers said. “The project was methodical and thorough. Earlier this year, we were pleased to receive confirmation that out formalized knowledge capture and transfer process meets requirements of the most recent ISO certification in the area of risk management.”

Panelists joining the T&S team in the session include: Gail DePriest, senior lecturer, director Executive Leadership & Corporate Relations, Clemson University MBA program; Caroline Fritz, principal, Kiva Collaboration, Inc.; Tan Davis, principal, Tan Davis Consulting & Facilitation; and moderator Prashant Prabhu, PhD., instructor, Clemson University MBA program.

To register for the Center for Corporate Learning’s C-Suite Session on June 5, click here.

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