Black Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Being A Black Leader in Today's World

Friday, November 13, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

What does it take to be a black leader in todays world?

This year has been a challenging year. We started the year with everything in our world-changing because of COVID. Then, we experienced a racial reckoning in the US. For many black leaders, this time has been particularly difficult.

Join other black non-profit leaders for a virtual symposium about what it takes to be a successful black leader in today’s world. 

In this interactive event, we will discuss resiliency, self-care, and the importance of mentor relationships. Our speakers will inspire you with a short keynote session, then deep dive into one of our three sub-topics in a breakout room.

Attendees will hear from each of the three speakers, then participate in one of our three breakout sessions.

Hosted, designed and led by Together SC's Black Nonprofit Leaders Group Leadership Team.

*Note: This call is specifically designed only for black leaders.

Great Pre-Reading Resources!

* An inspiring letter on why Black leaders should attend the symposium from Les Echols, Black Nonprofit Leaders Group Leadership Team member. 

* "Leading While Black: A Story of Double Consciousness, Decolonization & Healing"  - Nonprofit Quarterly, November 2

Facilitated by:

About our Team — Sharp Brain Consulting

Jessic Sharp,

Founder & CEO, Sharp Brain Consulting

Quinetha Frasier (@TheQBrand) | Twitter

Quinetha Frasier,

CEO, The Que Brand

Guest Speakers:

Caroline Caldwell

Executive Director,

New Mind Health and Care

Tiffany Santagati-Simpson (santagatisimpso) on Pinterest

Tiffany Santagati,

Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Executive,

Community First Bank

Vice Chair, Children's Trust of SC

Profile photo of Ebony Sullivan

Ebony Sullivan,

Chief Operating Officer,

Cassy Electric LLC


November 13
1:00 PM Welcome
1:15 PM Guest Speakers
2:00 PM Breakout Session
2:45 PM Debrief & Adjourn

Attendees (105)

Alecia Brewster

Program Director

Sustaining Way

amber Pendergraph-leak

Interim Executive Director


A'Netra Hardy

Regional Outreach Paralegal

SC Legal Services

Barbara Black


Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Bonita Clemons

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Brianna Johnson

Community Service Representative

Berkeley Electric Cooperative

Britney Mazyck

Operations Manager

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Caroline Caldwell

Executive Director

New Mind Health and Care

Charles Weathers


The Weathers Group

Crystal Campbell

Executive Director

Dorchester County First Steps

Delores Dacosta

Executive Director


Donn Mack

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Dorlisa Evans


Visions of Women

Dwana Doctor

Executive Director

Hampton County First Steps

Ericka Plater

Executive Director

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Erin Johnson

Vice President for Community Investment

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Fallon Green

Grant Writer

Love House Learning Academy

Gaynelle Johson Dantzler

Executive Director

Extra Mile Club of the Lowcountry

Gloria Holland


Early Childhood International Training Center

Jannie Harriot

Executive Director

WeGOJA (Formerly South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation

Jennifer Robinson

Executive Director

Empowered to Heal

Jessica Sharp

Nonprofit Consultant with Sharp Brain Consulting

Sharp Brain Consulting

Kabrina Bass

Executive Director

Midlands Mediation Center

Kim Archung

Program Officer

South Carolina First Steps

Kimberly Love

Board Chair

Killingsworth, Inc.

Linda Perkins

Office Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Maurice Lawyer

Chief of Operations

The Legacy Foundation of SC

Nicole Echols

Director of External Affairs

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Quinn Hayes

Director of Women in Philanthropy

Harvest Hope Food Bank

ReZsaun Lewis

Executive Director

Lowcountry Youth Services

Rodney White, Jr

Social Work Intern

Together SC

Rosland Powell

Impact Services Manager

United Way Association of SC

Schrendria Robinson

Executive Director

Killingsworth, Inc.

Shawn Edwards

Chief Diversity Officer

The Citadel

Shayne Kinloch (deleted)

Director of Operations

Joseph H Neal Health Collaborative

Sherrie Snipes-Williams


Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Simone Davis

Annual Giving Coordinator


Spencer Scott

Executive Director

Florence County First Steps

Tamara Herring

Executive Director

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Tamara Rajah

Executive Director

Skip To My Lupus

Tamela Spann

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Hollingsworth Funds

Tannesha Clements

Executive Director/ COO

Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Teresa Goodman

Executive Director

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Tes Myrie

Major Gift Officer

Coastal Conservation League

Theresa Roberts

Executive Director

Love House Learning Academy

Tiffany Santagati

VP. Operations

Tiquita Stewart

Community Health Worker

AccessHealth Tri-County Network

Tosha Connors

Chief Executive Officer

My Sister's House, Inc.

Tracy Bailey

Chief Executive Officer

Freedom Readers

Yolanda Anderson

Development/Donor Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

Yolanda McCray

President & CEO

Black River United Way

51 Other Registered Attendees

Presented by Together SC's Black Nonprofit Leaders Group and:

Women's Equity & Justice Group: Phase 1 — Sharp Brain ConsultingHarvest Hope Food Bank | United Way of the Midlands

Community First Bancorporation Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire  SFB Bancorp, Inc. | Newswire

Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Electrician

Breakout Room Discussion Topics:

Self Care: Managing Your mental and emotional health

Moderator: Tiffany Santagati 

What are some methods, practices, inspirations, or respites that have been the most effective in helping you to work through work-related stress/pressure?

Venting: When Is the right time to “say something” to (black or white) dissidents?

Moderator: Ebony Sullivan 

Has there been a formal way for you to vent your concerns to your colleagues/peers or managers? What methods have you found to be the most effective in airing your point of view about matters related to race in the workplace/marketplace?

Surviving within the Sector: Finding Your Tribe

Moderator: Caroline Caldwell 

How has mentorship between Black nonprofit leaders helped you to endure and thrive in your work environment? In your opinion, describe the ideal mentor relationship for black nonprofit leaders.

For More Information:

Rodney White, Jr

Rodney White, Jr

Social Work Intern