Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Register Now

The 2024 Building OneSouthCarolina Forum and the associated OneSouthCarolina Partners in Progress Award will recognize Turn90, a re-entry program designed for and facilitated by formerly incarcerated men, for its significant contributions to driving progress in South Carolina by creating opportunities for success after prison.

The Building OneSC Forum is a learning event geared toward leaders across industries with an interest in building coalitions to advance social and economic progress for South Carolinians. Attendees will gain insight into what led to Turn90’s success, as its leaders, partners, and stakeholders come together to talk about how the organization came about, challenges encountered along the way, pivotal partnerships, and key takeaways from their work toward building one South Carolina.

About The Winner

Working with men facing complex re-entry needs, Turn90 combines cognitive behavioral classes, supportive services, transitional work, and job placement to create an opportunity for success after prison where one doesn’t currently exist. Participants are previously incarcerated men who have multiple barriers to reintegrating into their communities. Turn90 offers one-on-one supportive service sessions to address individual needs such as identification, transportation, and housing; intensive cognitive behavioral classes to help participants learn new patterns of thinking and equip them with problem solving skills; paid transitional work in Turn90’s social enterprises; and job placement with competitive wages, benefits, and opportunity for advancement upon graduation. Best of all, these front-line services are delivered by credible messengers: former graduates of the Turn90 program.

Forum Speakers

AMY BARCH

Amy Barch is the founder and executive director of Turn90. A strong sense of equality and justice led Amy towards a legal profession, but she found her calling during a college internship at a local jail. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in law, societies and justice from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing a Master of Criminal Justice at Arizona State University.

KAY CROSS

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Kay Cross is the director of human resources and organizational development for the City of Charleston. Cross oversaw the process of the City of Charleston becoming Turn90’s first second-chance employment partner.

MALIK ELAMIN

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Malik ElAmin serves as the foreman of the screen printing shop at Turn90’s Columbia location. In this role, ElAmin works with Turn90 participants on preparing for full-time employment after the program. ElAmin is a graduate of Turn90.

TERRANCE FERRELL

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Terrance Ferrell is the center director for Turn90’s Columbia location. Ferrell is a graduate of Turn90. After graduating, he worked successfully at his job placement for 18 months before rejoining Turn90 as a permanent staff member, first in Charleston, and now leading the Columbia office.

WILLIAM FINN

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William Finn is Turn90’s board chair. Finn worked a 54-year career at AstenJohnson and retired from the company in 2006 after serving for 20 years as its chairman and CEO. Finn has always been involved in his community, and currently serves as business advisor for the Schottland Scholars program at the College of Charleston School of Business and treasurer of SCETV Endowment, in addition to working with Turn90.

RICHARD GERGEL

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Judge Richard Gergel serves as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. A 2009 Obama appointee, Judge Gergel has presided over a number of landmark and high-profile cases in South Carolina. He was an early supporter of Turn90 and the successful model it provides for formerly incarcerated individuals to alter their life’s trajectory.

BRYAN STIRLING

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Bryan Stirling is the Director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He leads a department of more than 4,000 employees who care for 16,000 inmates in 21 prisons. Since being confirmed in 2014, Stirling has worked to create a systemic re-entry and training focus for all custody levels, which has led South Carolina to have the lowest recidivism rate in the country.

Schedule

Coffee, croissants, and connecting

9:30-10 a.m.

Welcome

10 a.m.

Jacki Martin, Deputy Director, The Riley Institute

Forging a Path for Re-entry

10:10 a.m.

Amy Barch, Founder and Executive Director, Turn90
Terrence Ferrell, Columbia Center Director, Turn90
Bill Finn, Board Chair, Turn90
Judge Richard Gergel, South Carolina U.S. District Court
Moderator: Julie Meredith, Director, Center for Critical Issues, The Riley Institute

Moving the Needle in South Carolina

10:55 a.m.

Amy Barch
Kay Cross, Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development, City of Charleston
Malik ElAmin, Columbia Shop Foreman, Turn90
Bryan Stirling, Director, S.C. Department of Corrections
Moderator: Julie Meredith, Director, Center for Critical Issues, The Riley Institute

Audience Q&A

11:35 a.m.

Partners in Progress Award Presentation

11:50 a.m.

Dick Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education and former S.C. Governor

Adjourn

12 p.m.

Our 2024 Building OneSouthCarolina Forum Sponsors

The Building OneSouthCarolina Forum is a wonderful opportunity to support initiatives and organizations moving our state forward. Table sponsorships are $1,000 and include a table of eight at the event and a variety of other benefits. Please view the packet below for more information and contact Claudia Winkler at claudia.winkler@furman.edu to become a sponsor.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Community Partners

Advanced Technology International
South Carolina ETV

Table Sponsors

AV Connections
Central Carolina Community Foundation
Cummins
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
South Carolina Student Loan