On Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the 701 Whaley, the Columbia Chamber and the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board (LCAB) honored 55 graduates of the Leadership Columbia program. The Class of 2018 completed ten class days, an orientation, a retreat, and a class project with Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc. (MIRCI). Since its inception in 1972, Leadership Columbia has graduated over 2,000 leaders across the Midlands.
“Leadership Columbia has provided the Midlands with a group of dedicated and passionate servant leaders for the past 45 years,” said Carl Blackstone, President and CEO of the Columbia Chamber, “The work the Class of 2018 has done for MIRCI will greatly affect the lives of many in our community for years to come.”
The Leadership Columbia Class of 2018:
|Lakia Bass | BlueCross BlueShield of South CarolinaWilliam B. Beaman | Colliers International
Elizabeth Black | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Caleb Bryant | Central Electric Power Cooperative
Laura Burns | Seed Architecture, LLC
Janet Carlson | Midlands Orthopedics
Demetria Carswell | SCDHHS
Alexandra Cebry | Columbia City Ballet
Russell Comeaux | Aflac Incorporated
Bethany Dadisman | Colonial Life
Melissa Dunn | United Way of the Midlands
Margaret Deans Fawcett | Camp Cole
Robin Free | Palmetto GBA
Nicholas Galante | The Animal Mission of Midlands
Susan Gilfillan | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Hall Gladden | Colite International, LTD
Michael Glenn | TD Bank
Hunter Gordy | Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Brennon D. Graham | Growing Home Southeast
Heyward Harvin | The City of Columbia
Mary Dell Hayes | Sexual Trauma Services
Chase Heatherly | Free Times
Jon Hethcox | Aflac
Elizabeth Hutton | SCANA Corporation
Ashley Jaillette | Association of Technical College Commissioners
Erika Johnson | EDENS
Merrell D. Johnson | SC Judicial Department
Janie Kerzan | University of South CarolinaLee Ann Kornegay | 701 Whaley
Adam Lee | The CFO Project
Jesica Mackey | HDR
Lisa Mathew | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Shayla Merrit | Stevens & Wilkinson
Sam Monroe |BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Matthew Nichols |Founders Federal Credit Union
Patrick Olson | Colonial Life
Connelly-Anne Ragley | Denny Public Affairs
Mal Reeder | Midlands Technical College
Rachel Robinson | SCANA Corporation
Aubrey Lynne Sejuit | Lenoir-Rhyne University
Bradley Shell | Peach Properties
Betsy Sippel | LTC Health Solutions
Samantha Skeeter | SC Department of Revenue
Shawn Skillman | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Lauren Smith | Holder Properties
Robert C. Squirewell | Rescare / SC Works
Selia Straus | Sagacious Partners
Daniella Surginer | Army Reserve
Angel E. Sweeting | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
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Justine Tate | Adams and Reese LLP
Samantha Vasknetz | Wolfe Solutions
Kimberly Wilson | Estates Management
Lara Winburn | WREN
Becky Wych | United Way of the Midlands
Emily Zackon | Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
“The Class of 2018 is a group of incredible change agents,” said Marshall Minton, 2017-2018 Leadership Columbia Advisory Board Chair, “These trailblazers have truly made a lasting impact on our region.”
In addition to presenting each graduate with a commemorative plaque, the Columbia Chamber and LCAB honored Laura Burns with the Glenn Jacobus Award, an award given each year to a class member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the class project and truly embodied the role of a servant leader.
“The Leadership Columbia Alumni Association (LCAA) focuses on continuing and enhancing the skills created during the class year,” said Ryan Newton, 2017-2018 Leadership Columbia Alumni Association Chair, “The graduates from this year’s class will join 2,000 distinguished alumni serving our community.”
In July, the Columbia Chamber will announce the Leadership Columbia Class of 2018.
“Year after year I continue to be impressed with the outstanding group of leaders within the program,” said incoming 2018-2019 LCAB Chair, Hilary Dyer Brannon, “We are proud of the legacy created by the graduates of the Class of 2018, and look forward to the upcoming year with the Class of 2019.”
About Leadership Columbia
Founded by the Columbia Chamber in 1972, Leadership Columbia strives to provide the community with an enduring source of diverse leaders who are prepared to serve their region. The 10-month skills-building program, aims to identify and motivate emerging community leaders; provide an educational experience with a strong emphasis on social and community awareness; and challenge participants to apply their talents within their community while providing an opportunity to become involved. The program focuses on showing the candidates an in-depth look at critical issues facing the Midlands.
For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com or contact Charlotte Bian-Lingle at email@example.com.
About Columbia Chamber
The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, Partner-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its Partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its Partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.
To become a Partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.