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Cindy Grosso Jordan, Founder of Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, Inc.

Workshop: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Topic/Brief Synopsis: Keeping you from being the best kept secret in your profession.
Cindy will provide content that will move you forward in your profession. Join us as Cindy shares her expertise on professionalism and polish. Cindy Grosso Jordan is a national etiquette expert, an award winning speaker, columnist, and author who focuses on professionalism, leadership, and the skill of polish. She is the founder of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette.

John Carroll, Strategist and Growth Expert

Guest Speaker: June 8, 2017

John Carroll is a strategist and growth expert, a national award-winning columnist, author, executive coach and serial entrepreneur. He helps executives and organizations become more productive, more profitable and have more fun. John is one of only 20 professionals worldwide recognized by peers for his work in consulting with emerging growth companies. John has worked with sales professionals, executives and entrepreneurs in businesses, trade groups and charitable organizations.

An accomplished and engaging speaker, he has been internationally recognized for Sales and Facilitation Excellence. His approaches have attracted attention globally, including articles appearing in Chief Executive China magazine.

A national award-winning columnist, John is also the author of Sales Illustrated: 68 Sales Lessons from Everyday Life (available in three languages). His columns have appeared regularly through the years in The Charleston Regional Business Journal and The Catholic Miscellany.

With firsthand experience in manufacturing, distribution and service industries, he is a true entrepreneur, having launched or helped to launch seven organizations, one of which was recognized in the Emerging 10, the 10 fastest growing businesses in the Charleston region. John serves as professor for Communication Skills Training through Our Community Listens and CharlestonListens. John is president of Unlimited Performance, Inc., a member of the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce.

John is also the first layperson to serve on the Clergy Personnel Advisory Board of the Diocese of Charleston. He is the founding board chair and a current board member of Camp Rise Above, providing summer camp experiences for children with special medical needs. He is a founding board member of Lowcountry Local First and has served as board president of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center and president of what is now the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. John is a current board member of LifeWorks Charleston and the Harbour Club and active in several ministries at Christ Our King Church in Mount Pleasant. He is the father of two grown daughters, Grandpa of one little one and lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife Lori.

Julie Chapman, Professor

Guest Speaker: April 13, 2017

Julie Chapman
Silence, an absence of sound or a stillness of the mind, can enhance any relationship when used with positive intent. It can be inviting or punishing, depending on the motive. We use silence with God and others to show displeasure or as a way to increase connection. Each is a choice with consequences.

In Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God,” God advocates a way to seek him. Silence allows God or others to speak. Learning to actively listen, increases our ability to see what is beyond us. God uses our silence to show us new ways of relating with him and those around us. There is beauty in silence.

Julie Chapman will speak on the beauty of silence. Using silence as a tool to help people feel heard allows the listener to comprehend more of the message. Julie specializes in interpersonal communication that improves personal and business relationships. As Charleston’s Chapter Leader of a national nonprofit, Our Community Listens, she challenges participants to rethink their daily interactions. She has written a column for the Moultrie News, Charleston Listens where she has introduced many of the skills that are covered in the communication skills training class.

Silence is an important part of reflective listening. Some of us are comfortable with the quiet though most of us believe that silence is an opportunity to talk. Using silence can take our conversation to a deeper level of understanding. Julie will bring new perspective and illustrate ways to listen well.

Over five hundred people from the Lowcountry have benefited from these skills. The North Charleston Fire and Police department have authorized the attendance of their people, Charleston County School District allows teachers to use the class for twenty-four hours of professional development credits and many Charleston businesses are giving their people time off to attend. Charleston’s alumni or Messengers, are counselors, priests, business leaders, nurses, teachers, public servants, real estate agents, retirees, and government employees. Consistently, the alumni say that the class is life changing, a game changer, or a way of connecting on a new level. These Messengers are dedicated to creating a listening movement, one conversation at a time.

Our Community Listens offers a free three-day community class, which cover five modules: communication profile, nonverbal communication, reflective listening, effective confrontation, and how to transition back for maximum change. The class is enlightening, engaging, and challenging. It provides the tools necessary to effectively communicate in our world today.

Email for more information, visit the national website, to sign up for a class or Charleston’s alumni website, to learn about the Messengers.


Julie Chapman has two diverse undergraduate degrees. She studied International Studies with a minor in History and French at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She worked for many years as a Home IV therapy nurse. She left nursing, electing to be a stay at home mom while her kids were young. As they enter middle and high school, she has reconnected with her love of writing. She writes a monthly column for a local newspaper in Charleston, SC and is working on a children’s travel book series with her oldest son. Her family shares her passion for travel. Through the difficult times in her life, she has gained unique perspectives and loves to use her hard earned wisdom to encourage others. Her ability to connect makes her an effective professor. She is enthusiastic about CST and works hard to be a practicing professor; living what she teaches.

Steve McCullough, Chairman C12 Group

Guest Speaker: March 9, 2017

speaker Steve Mccullough
Content Summary:
Did you know that 70-80% of our waking hours is spent communicating? Peter Drucker says that 60% of all management problems are the result of communication issues. The bible is clear about how to communicate but yet we still seem to miss the mark. During this session, we will unpack what the bible tells us about communicating, assess where we stand in our companies about foundational and regular communication and discuss what management experts tell us about the importance of communicating.

Steve McCullough currently serves as the local Chairman of the C12 Group. Steve spent the majority of his almost 30 years in business in the oil industry, the last 20 were in management and executive level positions. Specializing in sales, marketing, strategy and executive leadership, he spent his early career with ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips moving 9 times throughout the US in a variety of downstream positions. In 2006 and until January 2016 Steve was divisional President and COO of EPIC Aviation, a privately held aviation fuel distributorship based in Irving, TX. Called to his current line of work, Steve left the oil industry last year to start C12 Lowcountry in Charleston and Savannah. He works with area CEOs and business owners to build great businesses for a Greater Purpose. Steve has a passion for Christ-centered leadership and being a part of a workplace movement for Christ. Married with 3 children (24, 20 and 15), Steve lives in Mount Pleasant and serves and attends Seacoast Church.

Kelly Slate, His Way At Work, Operations Director & Coach

Guest Speaker: January 12, 2017


Leaders in both private and public businesses are realizing that they not only can integrate their faith with their work, but that they have a Biblical mandate to use their workplace to reach the world.*  At the same time, many business leaders have come to the realization that although they may have a well-crafted Mission Statement and Core Values Statement, often these Core Values are not being driven throughout the entire company.

By definition, Core Values are the very values which we use to influence every decision, at every level, throughout our workplace. His Way at Work will provide an assessment for the leaders and their leadership team to complete prior to the workshop on Thursday, January 12, 2017. This tool and workshop will provide you with the tools and coaching to ensure that your Christian core values become both a way of life, and a way of work, within your organization. Additionally, His Way At Work can provide on-going support coaching and materials for your leadership team to help keep everyone on target, and on task.

*Colossians 3: 23-24


Kelly has 25 years experience in leading global teams in supply chain, manufacturing and business process management. She has a passion for working with team development, talent management and organizational health. Kelly has earned a BS in Economics from Clemson University, an MBA from Augusta College and an Executive Masters in International Logistics from Georgia Tech. She is a certified as a Leadership Challenge Coach, a Lean Manufacturing Practitioner, a 5 Dysfunctions of a Team facilitator, and a Lead Like Jesus facilitator.

Kelly recently left her position as a Global Director in a Corporate role to serve others by doing the will of God. She serves as the Learning Director for HWAW. She lives with her husband and three sons in Spartanburg, SC. Kelly also consults with local Christian non- profit and for-profit organizations.