Creating an African American Board Pipeline

Strategic Thinking Group

We are the Strategic Thinking Group (STG), a group of dedicated business leaders in the Charleston region who are working to identify high-growth minority-owned businesses for the MBA program and develop an African American board pipeline for non-profit organizations. As minority business leaders ourselves, we understand the value of our voices and the positive impacts they can have on our community.

Our Mission

To advance and enhance the economic prosperity of the Charleston area through thought capital to drive strategies for sustainable African American business and talent.

Our Vision

The Strategic Thinking Group is the essential resource to build and develop economic alliances in the African American community.

Our Principles

  • We understand that this work cannot be owned by any one person or organization
  • Success means building a broad-based coalitions of individuals, organizations and businesses
  • We are in this work to create meaningful and measurable results
  • We understand that this work will be iterative, adaptive and intentional
  • We begin with an intense desire to listen, learn and understand

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Collaboration with the Charleston Metro Chamber

The Charleston Metro Chamber is making great strides through their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Because of this, we are excited to collaborate with them and ensure minorities not only have a voice, but a seat at the table.

Interested in becoming a Chamber member? Membership provides numerous benefits and keeps business leaders on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends.

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Ensuring you have a seat at the table to make a difference

Learn More About Our Leaders

Brigadier General, United States Air Force (Retired)
General Hank Taylor, Chair Emeritus
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Managing Partner, HI Mark Capital
Herbert L. Drayton III
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Founder and CEO, The Power-Filled Woman
Kenya Dunn
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Chief Inclusive Excellence Officer, The Citadel Military College
Dr. Shawn Spann Edwards
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Director of Lowcountry Programs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
Kerri Forrest
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President and CEO, Coastal Community Foundation
Darrin Goss
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Chairman, Dorchester County Democratic Party
Tim Lewis
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President and CEO, SC Association for Community Economic Development
Bernett "Bernie" William Mazyck
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Senior Vice President Community Development Banking, South State Bank
Edward McKelvey
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President and CEO, The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council
Dominique Simpson Milton
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Senior Manager, EY Charleston
Shawn Saulsberry
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Program Manager, NCGrowth-SmartUp, South Carolina
Kellye Whitaker
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We look forward to hearing from you! Please contact us.