Administrative Professionals Day Conference

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Empowerment: Increase control over your life!

Hear from experts and leaders how to increase your confidence and skills so you can take steps that lead to life-changing results. Learn why you should listen to your inner voice, how to tap into your unique talents, and rock your world!


Our 24th annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference includes remarks from community and business leaders, tasty breakfast buffet and catered lunch, fantastic door prizes and marketplace for shopping and services.


Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trident Technical College Main Campus

The College Center (Bldg. 920)

7000 Rivers Ave.

North Charleston, SC 29406


Conference Agenda

Emcee: Marshall Connor, Assistant Director of Business Services - Continuing Education, Trident Technical College


8:15 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast Buffet and Visit the Vendor Marketplace

9 a.m.

Opening Remarks – Marshall Connor, Emcee

Welcome – Bob Walker, VP Continuing Education, Trident Technical College

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem – Rodney Barrentine, Postal Specialist, Trident Technical College

9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: “Empowerment Starts With the Power of One”

Dr. Troy Hall, Chief Strategy Officer, South Carolina Federal Credit Union

10:15 a.m.

Morning Break and Visit the Vendor Marketplace

10:30 a.m.

Session #1: “Own Your Space”

Stephanie Mangini, Senior Manager - Corporate Communications, Volvo Car U.S. Operations

11:15 a.m.

Health Panel – Marshall Connor, Moderator

  • Dr. Jennifer Stolin, Physician, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians

  • Tiffany Peltier, Health and Fitness Trainer, Fit With Tiff

  • Dr. Greg Turpin, Licensed Massage Therapist and Chiropractor


Lunch and Visit the Vendor Marketplace

1:15 p.m.

Session #2: “Confidence Infused Conversations”

Kaneshi Hart, Confidence Empowerment Trainer, Confident You

1:45 p.m.

Session #3: “Speak Up: #METOO”

Peggy Smith, Senior Consultant, SLS Consulting


2:15 p.m.

Afternoon Break

2:30 p.m.

Session #4: “Self-Reliance When Disaster Strikes”

Thomas Cousins, Educator, West Ashley High School


3:15 p.m.

Session #5: “The Gentleman’s Guide to Personal Leadership”

Antonio Robinson, Director – TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science, Trident Technical College


3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Door Prizes

4 p.m.



Session Topics

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Empowerment starts with the power of one…” by Troy Hall, Ph.D.

Throughout the ages, leaders have been charged with the responsibility to motivate, influence, and enable others to attain results that defy their own perceptions of what is possible. How do leaders of social change empower others to ignite passion for a vision greater than themselves? Why is it important to challenge the status quo, engage the heart, or even encourage the follower? Empowerment starts with the Power of One or what "Dr. Troy" calls “The Nehemiah Principle."


“Confidence-Infused Conversations: Your Key to a Happier (and Less Harrowing) Workplace!” by Kaneshi Hart

Do you ever think, "If I could redo that conversation (at work), things could be so much better?" Do you find that sometimes you stress over if, when, or how to approach a tough conversation or ask for what you want from colleagues or management? Do you wish for just a little more confidence to get you through challenging moments? We all do! Today, you will discover that there are specific, yet subtly powerful steps you can take in your work life to change the landscape of how you work and others work with you.


“Own Your Space” by Stephanie Mangini

Stephanie will provide helpful tips to “own your space” in the office.  She’ll help you recognize your unique set of skills and how to market them in your workplace, while building confidence with your presence.


“Self-Reliance When Disaster Strikes” by Thomas Cousins

Don’t wait to be rescued -- save yourself! Learn critical life-saving skills, tips and techniques that will help you survive a variety of dangerous situations and emergencies.


“Speak Up: #METOO” by Peggy Smith

The year 2017 may be remembered in history as the Age of Empowerment. What does that mean to you?  In this session, we will discuss Title VII briefly, but more importantly, we will assist you in moving into this new day. In the early sixties, President John F. Kennedy said “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”  Together we can look to the future, look at the Changes and prepare to move into that future as a Confident, Empowered Workforce.  


“The Gentleman’s Guide to Personal Leadership” by Antonio L. Robinson, MA

How have you improved lately? Have you taken inventory of yourself as a way of ascertaining what you are truly able to offer to others? This presentation will focus on self-discovery and going from personal vision to literal reality for the benefit of self and others. I offer this advice as a gentleman and a beneficiary of the aforementioned introspection. 


Meet Our Event Speakers

Dr. Troy Hall



Troy Hall, Ph.D. is an expert in practical leadership with a doctorate in Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship. As the chief strategy officer for South Carolina Federal Credit Union, he’s focused on expanding markets for the multi-billion dollar institution. "Dr. Troy," as he’s affectionately known, specializes in taking complex leadership ideas and making them understandable. Whether it’s through his motivational talks, workshops or videos, his “Real Talk” advice on practical leadership has strengthened experienced leaders and helped to develop young professionals across the globe. Audiences love the warmth of Dr. Troy and universally respond to his energetic, engaging and empowering style.

Antonio Robinson


Antonio Robinson

Antonio Robinson is the director of two TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science programs at Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C. He is a TRIO alumnus having participated in Upward Bound at Voorhees College. Antonio is married to Ashley Robinson and they have two children, Lia and Addyson. He has spent the past 19 years working in secondary and post-secondary education, having worked predominantly with middle, high school, and college students as both a teacher and counselor. He has spent the last 10+ years of his career at Trident Technical College.  Antonio has a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He currently serves as the immediate past president of the South Carolina Trio Organization having served as its president from 2013-2017.  In April 2013, he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Business Leaders Under Age 40 by the Charleston Regional Business Journal for his efforts in the community and with students in the tri-county area. He is a resident of Goose Creek, S.C. and lives by the quote “The biggest gap in life is between knowing and doing.” His goal in life is to close that gap for young people in education.  

Kaneshi Hart


Kaneshi Hart

Kaneshi’s previous work was in senior management with Mary Kay Cosmetics as an independent sales director and with Goodwill Industries as a territory manager. Those positions provided her with in-depth, hands-on experience engaging women who struggle with self-confidence to help them realize their internal value and worth and to support them in overcoming obstacles in their lives.  Having earned two degrees from the University of Memphis, a bachelor’s degree in business management and a bachelor’s degree in finance, Kaneshi remains an avid student and is always seeking to learn how she can better educate and communicate to ladies in the 21st century how to truly cultivate the confidence they need and deserve to be the most amazing person they can be. Kaneshi Hart is a Confidence Empowerment Trainer with Confident You, LLC.

Peggy B. Smith


Peggy B. Smith, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Peggy B. Smith has over 25 years of progressive experience in labor relations, EEOC, MSPB, FMLA, SCA, workplace safety/wellness, benefits administration, management and human resources. Her vast experience includes senior human resources positions in the non-profit industry, government contracting, and U.S. government. Peggy has a bachelor’s degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University and an associate’s degree in business management from Tri-County Technical College. Prior to starting her 20+ years in the human resources field, Peggy was a restaurateur. Peggy B. Smith is a Senior Consultant with SLS Consulting, LLC which is a human resources services and training company.

Stephanie Mangini


Stephanie Mangini

Stephanie joined Volvo Cars in August 2016 as the corporate communications manager, where she is the communications lead for Volvo Cars’ first U.S. manufacturing plant near Ridgeville, S.C. She is responsible for building strong relationships between Volvo and its neighbors, managing internal communications and local media relations. Stephanie’s career in communications spans over 25 years in public and private sectors. She has held various positions in the fields of journalism, government affairs, public and media relations, community outreach and branding. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Thomas Cousins


Thomas Cousins

Thomas is the physical education department chair at West Ashley High School and teaches the wildly popular Outdoor Pursuits class in which high school students learn how to safely hunt, fish, boat, and survive in the wilderness. Thomas is a certified instructor for South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources’ Hunter Safety, Boater Education, and National Archery in Schools programs. He also teaches for the National 4-H Shooting Sports program and recently introduced outdoor education to Trident Technical College Continuing Education Division’s community programming.  An avid outdoorsman, Thomas takes special pride in helping people become more self-reliant and confident when they encounter a new or challenging situation.



Meet Our Health Care Panelists

 Dr. Greg Turpin

Greg Turpin DC, CNT, LMT 3028

After studying for nearly a decade and receiving numerous awards for excellence, including being named valedictorian of his graduating chiropractic class, Dr. Greg Turpin is committed to sharing his experiences and knowledge. He holds a doctorate in chiropractic, bachelor’s degrees in both theatre (College of Charleston) and human biology (Texas Chiropractic College), is certified in neuromuscular therapy (CNT) and has trained extensively in active release techniques (ART).  Dr. Turpin taught neuromuscular therapy, including postural assessment and gait analysis for eight years and was dean of academic affairs, while also having a successful practice as a licensed massage therapist. He was honored with the Student Keeler Award at Texas Chiropractic College, where he was chief intern and chiropractic teaching assistant. While a student, he co-authored a research paper that was showcased at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference.

Dr. Jennifer Stolin

Jennifer Stolin, M.D.

Dr. Stolin currently works as a both a family medicine physician and a psychiatrist for Palmetto Primary Care Physicians. A native New Yorker (the big part of the state), she has slowly made the trek down South. Starting at a small Christian college in PA, she then attended the University of Virginia for medical school and finished her training at the University of Pittsburgh. During the journey, she has been no stranger to the challenges of work life balance! Through each transition from newly married, to proud mother of two beautiful children, she has remained an active volunteer at church from leading women’s groups to coaching soccer teams. Please join us to explore how to maintain a shred of sanity in this crazy, on demand world.

Tiffany Peltier

Tiffany Peltier

Tiffany Peltier recently retired after 21 years of faithful service in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is now Instructional System Designer for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) by day and by night, she is a personal trainer, CrossFit and Olympic lifting coach, an adjunct nutrition instructor for Trident Technical College and personal trainer instructor for the World Instructor Training Schools. For over 15 years Tiffany has been passionate about helping others find their health and fitness both in the military and civilian sectors. Tiffany’s health and fitness expertise has been published in the USCG Maritime Law Enforcement Bulletin. She holds a bachelor’s of science in exercise science, and the following certifications: Personal Trainer and Providing Dietary Guidance from the Cooper Institute, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist from NASM, CrossFit Level 1 and 2, USAW Performance Coach, Dragondoor Kettlebell Instructor, USCG Health Promotion Coordinator and Functional Movement Systems Specialist. 


Registration Information

Registration is open now for the 2018 conference; use course code 7400.

Early Bird (through April 4, 2018; discount will automatically apply during the registration process) per person


Employee Rate for Trident Technical College employees

Regular Price (beginning April 5, 2018) per person $159

Visit our registration page. Questions? Call 843.574.6152.

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