Carolina Leadership Seminars

Serving South Carolina's dedicated new nonprofit executive directors.

Over the last six years, Carolina Leadership Seminars has established itself as a trusted, multi-faceted, leadership development  program, designed exclusively for nonprofit executive directors.

Over 150 SC executive directors have participated since the program's inception in 2016.

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC provided grant funding, inspiration and support for the first three years and continues to host our convenings, often joining to share their insights.  We are also appreciative of the scholarship support provided by SC First Steps, Unite Way of the Midlands and other funders. 

Each cohort is limited to 25 to 30 participants who engage in candid and confidential discussions with peers regarding their organization’s current performance and their personal leadership challenges.

Under Charles Weather's tutalege, and with input from Together SC staff, each session offers practical tools and actionable insights to improve your leadership, effectively steward your organization, spur your resolve to advance race equity, and increase your impact. Session topics are provided in detail below. 

Focusing on what you need to know, the challenges of starting a new job currently with all that's happening, managing virtually, crisis mitigation, and race equity issues are now part of this comprehensive learning opportunity.  
 
The 2022 Cohort has been selected!  Please scroll to the end of the page to meet our 2022 Cohort Members.


Our Facilitators

Charles C. Weathers, MBA, Founder & President of The Weathers Group, designs and leads all seminar sessions in conjunction with his colleague, Rieta Drinkwine.

Charles is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant who is a recognized expert on nonprofit leadership, organizational effectiveness and performance improvement. He and his team provide creative, interactive learning opportunities for participants to address current organizational and leadership challenges in a confidential, open-dialogue learning environment and brave space. 

Fall 2022 Schedule
  • We are thrilled that we will return to in-person monthly sessions for the Fall 2022 Carolina Leadership Seminars. Friday sessions will run from 10am till 2pm and include lunch. The session topics are presented below. Please be sure you can attend all sessions before registering.  
  • The Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC will host our gatherings. They are located at 2711 Middleburg Drive, Columbia, SC.
Session Dates &Topics

Aug.  12 - The Board/CEO Relationship: Teamwork From the Top

The relationship between the Board and the CEO can make or break an organization. High-trust, understanding, clarity, and accountability are just a few of the traits that can strengthen this vital relationship. During this session participants learn to identify approaches that ban nurture meaningful relationship with their Board, as well as recommendations on how to repair a damaged Board/CEO relationship.  

Sept. 9  - Leading Through Effective Communication

People frequently complain about a lack of communication on the job or in relationships and the inability of others to communicate. We have found that there is rarely a LACK of communication, but instead a lack of understanding about the many factors influencing communication. So how do we transform our dysfunctional communication styles into effective and productive interaction with others?

Through this session participants will be equipped to communicate effectively and pointedly with a variety of individuals and groups and better prepared to maintain composure in challenging situations.

Oct. 14 - Cultivating a High Trust Culture

Trust, according to Stephen M. R. Covey in his critically acclaimed book, The Speed of Trust, is more than a nice social virtue. It is a quantifiable, hard-edged economic factor that impacts our decisions and results on a daily basis. This session highlights the value of developing high trust relationships as well as the cost of low trust relationships.

Leaders who cultivate and maintain high trust relationships are much more likely to experience success in life, both professionally and personally.

Nov.  11 - Navigating Organizational Change

Organizations that navigate change have a greater chance of remaining relevant, viable, and competitive. Your ability to navigate change will contribute to your success as well as the success of your organization.

This session allows participants to explore approaches they can employ to better recognize and navigate organizational, economic, social, and political changes.

Dec. 9 - Celebratory Lunch with Board Chairs and Funders

Board chairs and chairs-elect are invited to join participants for a day of shared learning, lunch and conversations with funding partners

2022 Carolina Leadership Seminars Cohort

2022 Carolina Leadership Seminars Cohort
Carla Angus

Carla Angus

Executive Director of Dramatic Coffee Beans, Lake City Creative Alliance

Elise Ashby

Elise Ashby

Executive Director, RobinHood Group

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(864)427-1530

Candace Berry-Vaughn

Candace Berry-Vaughn

Executive Director, Orangeburg County Community of Character

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803-534-6821

Barbara Black

Barbara Black

Founder/CEO, Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Executive Director, Sustaining Way

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(864)494-0003

Jess Burgess

Jess Burgess

Chief Executive Officer, Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Phillip Clark

Phillip Clark

Associate Director, Just Say Something

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(864)616-8970

Nicole Glenn

Nicole Glenn

Executive Director, Union County First Steps

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864-426-2519

Tricia Gordon

Tricia Gordon

Executive Director, Barnwell County First Steps

Dylan Gunnels

Dylan Gunnels

Executive Director, Haven Home Foundation (Haven Home)

Anthony Howell

Anthony Howell

Interim Executive Director, Lancaster County First Steps

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

Executive DIrector, Drawing Near to God

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(843)284-4328

Kristopher Jones

Kristopher Jones

Foundation Executive Director, Brookland Foundation

Nancy Landerman

Nancy Landerman

Executive Director, The Haven Men's Shelter

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(803)328-1143

Angela Mattison-Hurks

Angela Mattison-Hurks

Certified Nonprofit Program Management, Human Service Specialist III, Certified...

Executive Director, Step By Step Ministry Hope Project

Lynn McCollum-Lasher

Lynn McCollum-Lasher

Physical Therapist

Executive Director, Let's Walk

Dee Anne Miller

Dee Anne Miller

Executive Director, Orangeburg County Council on Aging

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(803)531-4663

Henry Miller

Henry Miller

Executive Director , The Samaritan House

Jonathan Nazeer

Jonathan Nazeer

CEO, Victory Gardens International

Rachel Price

Rachel Price

Executive Director, Junior League of Columbia

Shelley Price

Shelley Price

LMSW

Executive Director, GRASP

Comeletia Pyatt

Comeletia Pyatt

Executive Director, Mingo Creek Academy

Cindye Richburg- Cotton

Cindye Richburg- Cotton

CEO , Brookland Center for Community Economic Change Foundation

Corinne Sferrazza

Corinne Sferrazza

Executive Director, Housing Development Corporation of Rock Hill

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(803)326-2463

Alyssa Smith

Alyssa Smith

Interim Executive Director , Charleston Wine + Food

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(843)727-9998

LaTisha Vaughn

LaTisha Vaughn

Chief Operating Officer, E3 Educate, Empower, Elevate

Andrea White

Andrea White

Executive Director , Food Bank of Greenwood County

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(864)227-1556

Patsy Whitney

Patsy Whitney

Executive Director, St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic

LeTanya Williams

LeTanya Williams

Executive Director, Battered Not Broken

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803-385-2290

Charles Weathers

Charles Weathers

MBA,, Certified Virtual Presenter (CVP)

Consultant, The Weathers Group

Lead Facilitator

Rieta Drinkwine

Rieta Drinkwine

Senior Associate, The Weathers Group

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(803)400-1991

Co-Facilitator

Jessica Cohen

Jessica Cohen

Chief Strategist & Owner, Spark Solutions Coaching & Consulting

Assessment Coordinator

Desmonies White

Desmonies White

MSW

Data & Sustainability Coordinator, Together SC

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(803)929-0399x12

Participant Support Contact

Madeleine McGee

Madeleine McGee

President/CEO, Together SC

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(803)929-0399x11

Together SC President