A Conversation About How White Leaders Can Advance Racial Equity

Monday, July 20, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Event Sold Out


The murder of George Floyd initiated an unprecedented number of multiracial, multi-ethnic protests in the United States and across the globe. Black Lives Matters has become the clarion call for institutional change. We have seen an outpouring of companies, nonprofits and businesses release declarative statements about their commitment to fighting against racism and oppression.  But what’s next? How do whites engage with this new movement and be an active part of the solution to dismantling racism and not a part of the problem? What do we mean by the word ally? Who is an ally to whom?

Join us for a special event with space created for white leaders to explore these questions and more through a conversation led by the Racial Equity Institute and Together SC.  We will break into small groups to allow for deeper, more intimate dialogue among participants.

A Conversation About How White Leaders Can Advance Racial Equity: The Roles and Responsibilities of Whites to Dismantle Racism and White Supremacy

Monday, July 20

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Guest Speakers/Facilitators:

LaVanda Brown.

Executive Director, YWCA Greater Charleston

Madeleine McGee

Madeleine McGee,

President & CEO, Together SC

Suzanne Plihcik,  

Co-Founder, Racial Equity Institute


This call is ONLY for South Carolina leaders who meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • White leaders who have personally engaged in social justice work and training such as the Racial Equity Institute (REI);
  • White leaders of organizations /programs whose mission or purpose is to bring about social justice and equity;
  • White leaders of organizations/programs whose primary beneficiaries are individuals or groups from black and brown communities;
  • Grassroots organizers, activists and faith leaders who represent or serve black and brown communities

Attendees (141)

Phillip Clark

Associate Director

Just Say Something

Tim Veeck

Executive Director/CEO

Habitat for Humanity of York County

Katie Zimmerman

Executive Director

Charleston Moves

Kaky Grant - 1


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Ann Warner


Women's Rights and Empowerment Network

Debbie Rice

Wells Fargo

David Burden

Director of Nonprofit Recruiting

The Newell Group

Jamee Haley

Lowcountry Local First

David Platts

South Carolina Arts Commission

Larry Hembree Hembree

Executive DIrector

Columbia Children's Theatre

Jesse Blom

Executive Director

The Green Heart Project

Phyllis Martin

Executive Director

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Jennet Robinson Alterman

President and CEO

J. Robinson Alterman LLC

Jamie Moon


Institute for Child Success

Karen Cantu

Executive Assistant

Institute for Child Success

Edie Blakeslee

Vice President, Grantmaking & Community Leadership

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Amanda Cote

Director of Operations

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Debbie Nelson


DNA Creative Communications

Tammie Hoy-Hawkins

President & CEO

CommunityWorks Carolina

Summer Tebalt


AccessHealth Spartanburg

Melissa Strompolis

Children's Trust of SC

Rachael Fulmer

SC Business Developer

Lutheran Services Carolinas

Heather Witt

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of the Piedmont

Anita Case

Executive Director

Affinity Health Center

Sam Clements

Doors To Dream

Jacquie Atkins

Executive Director

Life Resources

Amy Splittgerber

Executive Director

Healthy Learners

Regina Eargle

Program Coordinator

Newberry County First Steps

David Laird

Serve & Connect

Lizzie Bebber

Executive Director

United Ministries

Emily Miller

Executive Director

Children's Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties

Anna Lewin

Chief Executive Officer

SC Community Loan Fund

Julie Trott

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County

Leslie Wade

Interim Executive Director

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Amy Breault

Executive Director

Horry County First Steps

Karen Oliver

Sr. Director, Community Resources

United Way of the Midlands

Amanda Sito

Director, Strategic Volunteer Engagement

Trident United Way

Lauren Gellatly

Interim Executive Director

Lowcountry Local First

Craig Currey

Chief Executive Officer

Midlands Housing Alliance/Transitions

Emily Hoisington

Founder & Executive Director

Charleston Hope

Jannie Harriot

Executive Director

SC African American Heritage Foundation

Donna Waites

Vice President of Programs

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Kimberly Davis

Senior Community Relations Consultant

Wells Fargo

Yarley Steedly

Government Relations Director

American Heart Association

Debbie Robertson

Chief Partnership Officer

South Carolina First Steps

Angel Johnson-Brebner

Executive Vice President

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

Assoc. Professor of Modern Languages

Alianza Spartanburg

Catherine Puckett

NPA Staff

Nonprofit Alliance

Steven Burritt

Executive Director

Mothers Against Drunk Driving SC

Molly Talbot-Metz


Mary Black Foundation

Kabrina Bass

Executive Director

Midlands Mediation Center

Yolanda Anderson

Development/Donor Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

Forrest Alton


1000 Feathers

Sarah Covington-Kolb

Maternal and Child Health Director

March of Dimes of South Carolina

Marti Colucci

Managing Director

Leeza's Care Connection

Amy Carter

Director of Advancement

Lowcountry Land Trust

Katherine Swartz Hilton, M.A.

Founder + Principal

Coax Strategies, LLC

Benjamin Bullock

Director of Operations

Together SC

Katelyn Brewer

President and CEO

Darkness to Light

Lana Kleiman

Executive Director

Charleston Legal Access

Lauren Herterich

Executive Director

Kids On-Point

80 Other Registered Attendees

Co-Presented by:


      Racial Equity Institute

Tri County Cradle to Career