Converse College and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host Cynthia A. Hartley, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Sonoco, in the third installment of the inaugural ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) Forum for Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship. Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Tuesday, April 6th at 6 p.m. in Kuhn Hall Room 203 at Converse College.
Cynthia Hartley is senior vice president of human resources for Sonoco Products Company. Holding the position since 1995, Hartley has overall responsibility for this $4.1 billion dollar global packaging company’s human resources function. Sonoco has more than 300 operations in 35 countries worldwide. Hartley develops and implements innovative change, including expanding the strategic function of human resources to strengthen business, performance management and succession-planning processes. Previously, Hartley was vice president of human resources for Dames & Moore, an international engineering and consulting company headquartered in Los Angeles. Her career also includes four years as vice president of human resources with National Gypsum Company in Charlotte, NC, and 18 years with Continental Can Company, a $6 billion packaging company.
Funded through a Converse Creative Collaboration Grant and organized by the Converse Department of Economics, Accounting and Business, the ICE Forum features professional women with real-world stories of success and failure in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Cynthia A. Hartley will share her personal story and demonstrate how innovative, creative and entrepreneurial ideas benefit organizations, their customers and their communities.
“The ICE Forum is an exciting initiative that furthers Converse’s mission to advance women for personal and professional success,” said Converse President Betsy Fleming. “A part of our Creative Collaboration Grant program, the forum promises to develop the entrepreneurial knowledge and spirit of Converse students and that within the greater Spartanburg community. We hope to encourage local entrepreneurship by sharing the extraordinary experiences, expertise and success of some of our nation’s most innovative women.”