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  • Career Tracks, February 22-23, 2024, Amplify You Voice, Build Connections, Sync Opportunities

Opportunity and Engagement Career Symposium

The University of South Carolina's College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management is hosting Career Tracks — a conference featuring HRSM alumni and industry leaders from underrepresented backgrounds offering mentorship, professional and personal development, and career insights — over Feb. 22 – 23, 2024.

Amplify Your Voice. Build Connections. Sync Opportunities.

The event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, networking, engaging group activities and more – all designed to help underrepresented students navigate their college and career journey with the confidence and resources to thrive.

Event Highlights

  • Keynote speaker Dr. Toby Jenkins, author of The Hip-Hop Mindset
  • Keynote speaker Ashley Young, mental health advocate and counselor
  • Keynote speaker Dave Tucker, recruiter with The Walt Disney Company
  • Industry panel discussion with executives from Delta, Macy's, Belk, the Atlanta Hawks, 23 XI Racing and Five & Below
  • Mentorship sessions

Apply to Attend

This free event is limited to 75 HRSM students. The event will kick off on the afternoon of Feb. 22 with the full-day agenda taking place on Friday, Feb. 23. If you would like to attend, please fill out the application form below. Applicants will be notified if they are confirmed to attend no later than Feb. 15. 

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Keynote Speakers

  • Dave Tucker headshot

    Dave Tucker

    Recruiter, The Walt Disney Company

  • Toby Jenkins headshot

    Dr. Toby Jenkins

    Professor of Higher Education and Associate Provost for Faculty Development, University of South Carolina

  • Ashley Young headshot

    Ashley Young

    Owner and Lead Therapist, Everyday Wellness, LLC

Guest Speakers

Ashley Givens headshot

Ashley Givens

Campus Recruiting Manager (Belk, Inc.)

John Thomas headshot

John Thomas

Financial Advisor (Morgan Stanley)

Taylor Collins headshot

Taylor Collins

Employee Engagement Strategist (Delta Air Lines)

Mave Flemming Jr. headshot

Mave Fleming Jr.

Talent Acquisition Director (Macy's)

Kara Harmon

Kara Harmon

Director of Communications (Special Olympics of South Carolina)

Fredrick "Fred" Ravenell headshot

Fred Ravenell

Vice President of Guest Experience and Guest Engagement (Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena)

Nikita Smith headshot

Nikita Smith

Human Resources Director (23 XI Racing)

Kreig Robinson headshot

Kreig Robinson

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Programs Director (23 XI Racing)

Carla Vaca Pinacho headshot

Carla Vaca Pinacho

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project Coordinator (Miles Partnership)

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024

Time Event Location
3:30 p.m. KEYNOTE: Disney Networking Presentation
Dave Tucker (Recruiter)
HRSM Welcome Center
4:30 p.m. Networking Mixer Corner Suite
7 p.m. USC vs. Alabama Women's Basketball Game Colonial Life Arena

Friday, Feb. 23, 2024

Time Event Location
8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
Featuring Women in Sport and Entertainment Management
Conference Center, 8th Floor Close-Hipp
9:10 a.m. Opening Remarks
Dr. Erica Lake (Interim Assistant Dean and Director of Corporate Engagement)
Lumpkin Auditorium
9:15 a.m. Welcome
Dr. Michael Sagas (Dean)
Lumpkin Auditorium
9:20 a.m. Networking Session
Featuring National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
Lumpkin Auditorium
9:40 a.m. Shine a Light on Me Industry Panel
Navigating Corporate America
  • Taylor Collins (Delta Air Lines)
  • Ashley Givens (Belk)
  • Mave Fleming Jr. (Macy's)
  • Fred Ravenell (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Nikita Smith (23 XI Racing)
Lumpkin Auditorium
10:30 a.m. Student Panel Discussion
Moderated by HRSM UnderREPRESENTED
  • Whitley Jones (HTMT)
  • Carlo White (HTMT)
  • Lauren Frasier-Jeffries (SPTE)
  • Amani Felton (RETL)
  • Branden Miller (SPTE - moderator)
  • Sydney Rhue (SPTE - moderator)
Lumpkin Auditorium
11 a.m. KEYNOTE: The Hip Hop Mindset
Dr. Toby Jenkins (Professor of Higher Education and Associate Provost for Faculty Development)
Lumpkin Auditorium
12:10 p.m. Affinity Group Lunch
  • Racial and Ethnic Identity
  • LGBTQAI+ & Allies
  • First Generation
  • Veterans
  • Open Space
  • Women in HRSM
  • International Students
  • Underrepresented Religions
  • Students with Disabilities
Eastview / Westview
1:10 p.m. KEYNOTE: Strategies for Managing Your Mental Health
Ashley Young (Counselor / Therapist)
Corner Suite
2:20 p.m. Industry Mentorship Breakout Session
  • Hospitality and Tourism: Taylor Collins (Delta Air Lines), Carla Vaca Pinacho (Miles Partnership)
  • Retail: Mave Fleming Jr. (Macy's), Ashley Givens (Belk)
  • Sport and Entertainment: Fred Ravenell (Atlanta Hawks), Kara Harmon (Special Olympics), Nikita Smith (23 XI Racing), Kreig Robinson (23 XI Racing)
  • Financial Services: John Thomas (The Melior Group)
Corner Suite
3:10 p.m. Reflection and Wrap Up Corner Suite


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.