Kaitlyn Park

What is a Century Plant?

By Kaitlyn Park

century plant with text

Many Columbians will recognize the large plant that seems to spill over onto Rosewood Drive. But the plant has seen more buzz recently, due to the fact that it currently resembles something out of a Dr. Seuss story. A giant stalk has started growing from the plant to the power lines.

The plant is a "Century Plant," also known as Agave americana. But what exactly is a century plant, and why the sudden appearance of the stalk? SCETV has answers.

How Do You Paint a Dream: Dalí at the CMA

By Kaitlyn Park

Dalí's Sandman

"We continue to love Dali, but the question is why?" Palmetto Scene spoke with Chief Curator Will South of the Columbia Museum of Art about the whimsy and wonder of Salvador Dalí, the man who captured our dreams. Yet many Dalí enthusiasts are unaware that the surrealist also illustrated Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote, and Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales.

Sights and Sounds: Tartan Day South

By Kaitlyn Park

men in kilts with tartan day south sign

Tartan Day South is an annual celebration of Celtic heritage that recognizes the history and impact of the Scots, Irish, Welsh and Scots-Irish have had on the Columbia region. Hosted at the Historic Columbia Speedway, there are classic highland athletics, music, food and dancing that capture the Celtic Spirit.

The event is produced by John Banks and Donovan Murray of Celtic Force enterprises, with the help of the Historic Columbia Speedway, The River Alliance and other partners.

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in South Carolina

By Kaitlyn Park

broken hotel sign

Human trafficking has come to the forefront of many Americans' minds through reporting, investigation and even popular culture. With legislation in 2012, South Carolina made a pledge to end the crime. But in 2016 alone, 73 reports related to human trafficking were made in the state. Palmetto Scene examines how South Carolinians are working together to end this crime, and where the state must go to ensure victims' well-being and safety.

How Should You Negotiate Your Salary?

By Kaitlyn Park

Jennet Robinson Alterman

As a woman building her career in the south in the 1970s, and a women's rights advocate, Jennet Robinson Alterman has learned the value of proper negotiation. Her advice? Whether you are male or female: research, state what you want, then "stop talking."

She also discusses why her experiences in third world countries made it paramount for her to tackle women's issues in South Carolina when she returned, and the value of strong female presences and leadership in the workplace.

Tavia Gaddy, Project Manager, Greenville Area Development Corporation

By Kaitlyn Park

Tavia Gaddy laughing

Tavia Gaddy, Project Manager at Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), believes in the power of a positive attitude. When dealing with clients, "There’s no room for attitude or even to get upset. Move with it. If things don’t go your way, there’s always tomorrow and that’s why there are erasers on the back of pencils. Just keep it moving."

What are Cloud Based Data Services?

By Kaitlyn Park

Lola Jordan of Companion Data Services

Lola Jordan speaks to Palmetto Voices about cloud based data services and their application in the business and beyond.

Lola Jordan is the President of Companion Data Services, which offers secured systems development and manages hosting services specialized in the health care industry. Jordan spans the emphases of business and technology within the IT field.

Tammy Mainwaring, Chief Operations Officer, IT-oLogy

By Kaitlyn Park

Tammy Mainwaring at iT-ology

Tammy Mainwaring, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the non-profit, IT-oLogy, speaks about how her unique background and willingness to learn led to a career and a position that is a perfect marriage of her two passions: education and technology.

Kathy Heffley, Regional President of South Carolina, Wells Fargo

By Kaitlyn Park

Kathy Heffley of Wells Fargo

Kathy Heffley, Regional President of South Carolina for Wells Fargo discusses what it takes to succeed in the field of finance and beyond and shares her personal story of growth and accomplishment.

In a dynamic and growing Southern career landscape, Palmetto Voices looks to identify female leaders in South Carolina to share the experiences, skills and decisions that have brought them success. These voices of the Palmetto State offer advice and suggestions for excellence in various career clusters and fields of study.

People's Rally in SC State Capital: #WhyWeMarch

By Kaitlyn Park

people rally at the South Carolina state house

Women, men and children of all ages gathered on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, for a People's Rally and Strategy Summit at the South Carolina State House. The rally was planned as a sister event for the Women's March on Washington, D.C. Attendees marched to Columbia's Music Farm where activists and community leaders gathered together to speak about the current political climate and what it means for the progressive movement in South Carolina.

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