Pulse Leadership Luncheon

Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location:  Show map
Hilton Greenville
45 W. Orchard Park Drive
Greenville, SC 29615
Contact: Ebony Austin
Phone: 864-239-3730

Ever wonder how the arts play a part in your life? Probably more than you think. Join us as we hear from an expert panel of local heavy-hitters in the Greenville arts community.

They'll discuss how, no matter your profession, creativity serves as a key component to professional success. We will also hear where our city stands with the arts - Is there anything missing? How does is affect our economy?

See you there to find out!


GP McLeer, Director of the SC Arts Alliance


Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief at TOWN Magazine

Janet Krupka, Director of Recruiting at Michelin

Alan Ethridge, Executive Director of Metropolitan Arts Council


Leadership Luncheons were created to develop the leadership skills of all Pulse Young Professionals members. Events consist of various expert speakers or forums on both professional and personal development topics and skills. The Leadership Luncheon is one of Pulse Young Professionals's most popular programs, featuring an engaging lunch-time event that expands perspectives and encourages professional development.




Learn more about our speakers: 

Panelist, Alan Ethridge: Before becoming MAC’s Executive Director in January 2006, Alan had been Director of Marketing & Development since January, 2004. He was previously Director of Donor Research in the Office for Development at Clemson University since December, 1991. Prior to returning to Greenville in 1989, he had worked for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in Atlanta and Henderson Advertising in Greenville. Alan is a 1982 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Vanderbilt University where he received a B.A. in English Literature and Fine Arts. He serves on the Board of Directors of VisitGreenvilleSC and Artisphere and the Board of Governors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of the Department of Visual Arts of Greenville Tech. In 2010, Alan received the Excellence in Arts Leadership Award from the Chamber of Commerce and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.

Panelist, Blair Knobel: Blair brought her integral aesthetic to Community Journals three years ago as part of the editorial team that created TOWN Magazine. Prior to that, Blair acquired a BA in studio art from Furman University and worked in book publishing in New York City, where she moved for a broader perspective than her South Carolina roots. She was first employed in New York at Aperture Foundation, a nonprofit that supports fine art photography, then at an academic book publisher called Chelsea House. Once an intern and next a senior editor for G Magazine, Blair is now known as a visionary of the TOWN brand. She is specifically known for editing, writing, conceptualizing, and packaging; her knack for words/puns/wordsmithing; and for seeing small things (literally and figuratively) while seeing the big picture. This recipe of unique talents is recognizable in every word and page of the publication. She enjoys food culture (particularly cooking or indulging in delicious food and drink with friends at any number of downtown restaurants). She also finds satisfaction in sustainable living and being active outdoors, spiritual study and reflection, traveling, and (when there’s time for it) being domestic in her apartment.

Panelist, Janet Krupka: Janet earned her B.S. at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and then a M.I.B.S. (Master in International Business Studies) degree from USC. As a part of the program, Janet had a six-month internship with Michelin in France, and then joined the company full-time in the US after graduation. Throughout the course of her more than 30-year career with Michelin, Janet has held numerous roles in Human Resources and in Sales. Currently, Janet is the Director of Recruiting for Michelin North America.  In the community, her passion for people and diversity also led to her volunteer involvement with Upstate International and Meals on Wheels. 

Moderator, GP McLeer: George Patrick [GP] McLeer, Jr became the Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, the only statewide arts advocacy organization, in July of 2016. GP leads the organization in efforts to ensure that all South Carolinians have access to quality arts experiences and arts education at the state and federal level through public policy initiatives, public awareness, and leadership development for creative professionals. Previously, GP served as the Administrator of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Mauldin, SC, where he was responsible for leveraging the cultural and artistic assets within the community to strengthen economic development and quality of life. GP is currently on the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph’s Catholic School (Greenville, SC), and a member of the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts Council; both of which are his alma maters. He also serves on the board for Palmetto State Arts Education, and as a Steering Committee member for the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project. GP currently resides in Fountain Inn, SC where he is an active community volunteer. GP holds a BA in Arts Management from the College of Charleston, where he has been recognized with the 2016 School of the Arts Young Alumni Award, the Julie Jett Arts Management Citizenship Awardand placed in the School of the Arts Hall of Fame.

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