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38 Upstate leaders complete Diversity Leaders Initiative

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Published on Saturday, June 8, 2019

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38 Upstate leaders complete Diversity Leaders Initiative
Thirty-eight leaders from the Upstate have completed the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI).

Over the past five months, participants have examined sensitive issues related to diversity and inclusion, explored "blind spots," and discussed how to suspend assumptions. Each class is expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president.

As part of the program, participants have worked in small, cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through service projects. The projects from this class focused on:

• Enhancing educational opportunities for local youth through programs that expose students to valuable life lessons and skills including strategies for character-building;

• Assisting adult men experiencing homelessness transition to a better situation;

• Providing a personal piece of luggage to children in foster care offering them a sense of belonging, continuity, and respect;

• Improving safety and accessibility for every rider in the Greenlink transit system; and

• Fostering community dialogue around racial terror aimed to raise awareness, build trust, and break down barriers.

“We are excited to add this group of thoughtful leaders, unafraid to take on a challenge and passionate about this state, to our alumni list,” said Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.

The newest Riley Fellows in the Upstate are:

 

Miranda Asson

Community Relations Director/On-air Personality

Entercom

Greenville

 

Melissa Bailey-Taylor

Medical Director

Prisma Health

Greenville

 

Meghan Barp

President and CEO

United Way of Greenville County

Greenville

 

Gina Blohm

Director of Development

Community Foundation of Greenville

Greenville

 

Jonathan Cote

Associate

Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP

Greenville

 

Sally Morris Cote

Director of Planning and Evaluation Capacity Building

The Riley Institute at Furman

Greenville

 

Gary Daniels

Vice President, Business Development

Wells Fargo

Greenville

 

Kenneth Dean

Pastor

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Belton

 

Sophia Dopher

Learning and Development Manager

Milliken

Spartanburg

 

Mary Garvey

Director of Innovation and Inclusion

Institute for Child Success

Greenville

 

Yukichi Hagins

Real Estate Professional

Yukichi Hagins Realty

Greenville

 

Gwen Hall

Director, Talent and Organizational Development | Human Resources

Prisma Health

Greenville

 

Lakeia Harris

Section Manager, Benefits

BMW

Greer

 

John Harvey

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

ScanSource

Greenville

 

Baker Hatcher

Regional Manager

MAU Workforce Solutions

Augusta

 

Marlon Hunter

Chief Executive Officer

ReGenesis

Spartanburg

 

Megha Lal

Chair

Greenwood County Community Foundation

Greenwood

 

John Lattimore

Senior Director of Project Management

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County

Greenville

 

Elizabeth Mann

Interim Dean, Public Service, Arts & Sciences

Greenville Technical College

Greenville

 

Brad Mock

Chief Medical Officer

AnMed Health

Anderson

 

Judy Pham

Process Engineer

Michelin North America

Greenville

 

Donnie Porter

Public Affairs Manager

City of Greenville Police Department

Greenville

 

Dorothy Priester

Executive Director

Cherokee County First Steps

Gaffney

 

Carlotta Redish

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Spartanburg School District 7

Spartanburg

 

Shawn Reid

Fiscal and Program Operations Specialist

Duscha Management, LLC

Fountain Inn

 

Ansel Sanders

President and CEO

Public Education Partners

Greenville

 

Chris Scalzo

Circuit Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit

South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense

Greenville

 

Feliccia Smith

Professor of Business

North Greenville University

Tigerville

 

Katy Pugh Smith

Executive Director

Piedmont Health Foundation & Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy

Greenville

 

Liz Smith

Professor and Chair, Department of Politics and International Affairs

Furman University

Greenville

 

Ellen Stevenson

Organizational Consultant

Optimal Performance

Greenville

 

Scott Strong

Vice President

Snider Fleet Solutions

Anderson

 

Summer Tebalt

Director of AccessHealth Spartanburg

SRHS

Spartanburg

 

Troy Terry

Executive Director of Graduate and Evening Studies

Furman University

Greenville

 

Tiffane Thompson

Director, Consumer Experience

Michelin North America

Greenville

 

Mike Ungar

Competency Manager

Michelin North America

Greenville

 

Sally Wills

Executive Director

LiveWell Greenville

Greenville

 

Lisa Wine

Production Section Manager

BMW Manufacturing

Greer

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