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Mayor Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy

Mayor Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy

Holding the office of Mayor of Conway (SC) is among my greatest blessings. I grew up in poverty and with restrictions placed on me in the ‘Jim Crow’, pre-Civil Rights South, so the likelihood of my becoming a professional anything, a community leader or a contributor to my city’s progress was almost nil. But, God gave me strong parents and a grandmother who insisted I be my best self and be an independent thinker. Human angels were placed in my path to teach me crucial life lessons and to encourage and sometimes push me along the way. The plan was not mine, but I somehow always knew to follow the road that required discipline, duty and risk. My undergraduate work was in Sociology and I later earned a graduate degree in Education, entered law school as the least likely student to be admitted or to find success, but I was compelled by barriers to the uneducated and financially challenged in seeking fair relief through the courts. My education was obtained at the University of South Carolina and the USC School of Law. I have grown through a twenty year plus career in social work, eighteen years as a lawyer, and always being acutely aware of the plight of others. I have been a member of the Conway City Council since 1993, and easily accepted responsibility to help make Conway the best it can be for all its people. I am not a saint, but I love the Lord- forever crediting Him with everything that ultimately brought me to be with you today. I love His people, and am proud to describe my life as one of service. I am married to a very handsome, doting man, and through ours and former marriages, claim parenthood of six children and eight grandchildren. The youngest and first to grow up in Conway is four-year-old Kennedy, my mini-me, who holds a large portion of my heart. I love family time, travel, reading, writing, Sudoku puzzles and dancing… and oh yeah, swimming, a skill I gained after my sixtieth birthday. Enough said!
Chad Littlefield

Chad Littlefield

Chad Littlefield, TEDx speaker and author, presents a compelling and thoughtful perspective on how to break down communication barriers and boost connection and engagement. We'll also get a chance to have an experience with Chad's We! Connect Cards which are being used by companies and campuses all over the world to build a culture of connection. The session will highlight tips on how to ask more powerful questions from his #1 Amazon Bestselling book. Chad’s style is lively, highly interactive, and rooted in both research and stories of his practical experiences working with clients. You will walk away from this session with concrete, brain-based tools to ask more powerful questions and to create connections worth remembering.

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