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 (104)

Yolanda Anderson

Development/Donor Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

Kim Archung

Program Officer

South Carolina First Steps

Tracy Bailey

National Director

Freedom Readers

Kabrina Bass

Executive Director

Midlands Mediation Center

Barbara Black


Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Alecia Brewster

Program Director

Sustaining Way

Caroline Caldwell

Executive Director

New Mind Health and Care

Crystal Campbell

Executive Director

Dorchester County First Steps

Tannesha Clements

Executive Director/ COO

Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Bonita Clemons

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Tosha Connors

Chief Executive Officer

My Sister's House, Inc.

Delores Dacosta

Executive Director


Gaynelle Johson Dantzler

Executive Director

Extra Mile Club of the Lowcountry

Simone Davis

Annual Giving Coordinator


Dwana Doctor

Executive Director

Hampton County First Steps

Nicole Echols

Director of External Affairs

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Shawn Edwards


The Citadel

Dorlisa Evans


Visions of Women

Teresa Goodman

Executive Director

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Fallon Green

Grant Writer

Love House Learning Academy

A'Netra Hardy

Regional Outreach Paralegal

SC Legal Services

Jannie Harriot

Executive Director

WeGOJA (Formerly South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation

Quinn Hayes

Program & Grants Manager

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Tamara Herring

Executive Director

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Gloria Holland


Early Childhood International Training Center

Brianna Johnson

Community Service Representative

Berkeley Electric Cooperative

Erin Johnson

Vice President for Community Investment

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Shayne Kinloch (deleted)

Director of Operations

Joseph H Neal Health Collaborative

Maurice Lawyer

Chief of Operations

The Legacy Foundation of SC

ReZsaun Lewis

Executive Director

Lowcountry Youth Services

Kimberly Love

Board Chair

Killingsworth, Inc.

Donn Mack

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Britney Mazyck

Operations Manager

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Yolanda McCray

President & CEO

Black River United Way

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Tes Myrie

Major Gift Officer

Coastal Conservation League

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

amber Pendergraph-leak

Executive Director


Linda Perkins

Office Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

Ericka Plater


Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

Rosland Powell

Impact Services Manager

United Way Association of SC

Tamara Rajah

Executive Director

Skip To My Lupus

Theresa Roberts

Executive Director

Love House Learning Academy

Jennifer Robinson

Executive Director

Empowered to Heal

Schrendria Robinson

Executive Director

Killingsworth, Inc.

Tiffany Santagati

VP. Operations

Spencer Scott

Executive Director

Florence County First Steps

Jessica Sharp

Nonprofit Consultant with Sharp Brain Consulting

Sharp Brain Consulting

Sherrie Snipes-Williams


Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Tamela Spann

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Hollingsworth Funds

Tiquita Stewart

Community Health Worker

AccessHealth Tri-County Network

Charles Weathers

Founder & CEO

The Weathers Group

Rodney White, Jr

Social Work Intern

Together SC

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

50 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