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Furman University has announced the names of the 12th class of leaders from the Lowcountry who will be participating in the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. We are proud to share that our Chief Advancement Officer, Adrian Cain, is among those selected to participate.
The initiative, which includes leaders from corporate, non-profit, education, faith-based and government sectors will meet over the next five months to discuss issues and develop relationships.
“In a time of considerable division both nationally and locally, it is increasingly important to work together to find ways to foster a thriving economy and break down barriers that hinder progress,” said Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.
DLI class members are identified through a rigorous process including a nomination, application and interview. Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and communities.
Over the course of five months, participants will learn about diversity and inclusion “blind spots” and how to suspend assumptions. Participants will also work in small, cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through service projects. The classes are facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president.
“DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs. In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead diverse workers, clients and constituents,” said Johnson.
Click here to see the full list of leaders selected for the 12th Lowcountry DLI class.