Fall 2020 Carolina Leadership Seminars

For New Executive Directors

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
Online Interface
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Category: Carolina Leadership Seminars

Starting a new leadership position is always a challenge. Doing so in the middle of a global pandemic with all its economic and societal uncertainties requires specialized training and guidance.

No worries, the Carolina Leadership Seminars (CLS) curriculum has been updated to help you tackle it all. 

The goal and intent of CLS is to equip new nonprofit executive directors with resources and knowledge to improve your effectiveness as managers and increase the impact of your organization.

Participating nonprofit executive directors will engage in interactive learning opportunities addressing current organizational and leadership challenges in a confidential, open-dialogue learning environment.

You will be afforded the opportunity to have candid and confidential discussions with peers regarding your organization’s current performance and your personal leadership challenges.  

You will gain practical tools and actionable insights to effectively steward your organizations and build upon your resolve to embed race equity in your organizations and communities.

Started in partnership with Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, over 100 new executives from across South Carolina have completed CLS in the past three years. Together SC supports this growing network of alums and dedicated leaders through a Facebook group and periodic gatherings.

If you'd like to speak with an alum from your community about their expereince, just email Shayne Kinloch or Madeleine McGee

Lessons Learned - Watch this video by Charles Weathers, Facilitator and Content Creator of Carolina Leadership Seminars Program


Charles C. Weathers, MBA, Founder & President of The Weathers Group, leads four of the five seminar sessions.

Charles is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant who is a recognized expert on nonprofit leadership, organizational effectiveness and performance improvement. Read about Charles' background and expertise here.


CLS is designed specifically for nonprofit executive directors/CEOs who have served in their "current" position for less than five years at nonprofit organizations that are Together SC members. 

We ask that only one person from an organization attend at a time. If you are not the executive leader, this opportunity may not be for you. Please  share with the executive at your organization.

Participants must attend ALL ten sessions to receive a Certificate of Completion. Attendance will be monitored during each session.

Prior Participant Testimonial...

"As a member of the 2017 class of Carolina Leadership Seminars for new execs, I want to share how much I learned from Charles Weathers and my fellow participants. I also formed really great new connections. In fact, Zakiya Esper, Sowing Seeds into the Midlands’s executive director, who was in my class, and I collaborated on a Photovoice project called Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands.We also honored Zakiya at our International Women’s Day luncheon this year.  The opportunity to meet and interact with execs from across the state in an ongoing learning environment was much appreciated and will continue to bear fruit in the community."  

     Ann Warner, CEO, WREN-Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network

Attendees (20)

Alecia Klauk

Executive Director

Chapin We Care Center

Amy Splittgerber

Executive Director

Healthy Learners

Emily Hoisington

Founder & Executive Director

Charleston Hope

Jeff Armstrong

Executive Director

Family Promise of the Midlands

Jessica Harrell

USTA South Carolina

Justin Stokes

Executive Director / Vice President

Audubon South Carolina

Kimberly Martinez-Ward


Compass of Carolina

Lindsey Vann

Executive Director

Justice 360

Nancy Lee

Executive Director

SC Association of Habitat Affiliates

Sara Green

Executive Director

SC Wildlife Federation

Tatjana Beylotte

Executive Director

Charleston Jazz

Vince Matthews

Executive Director

Joseph H Neal Health Collaborative

8 Other Registered Attendees
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In response to COVID-19, the Fall 2020 CLS cohort will meet monthly for ten virtual sessions held on Zoom and lasting 1 1/2 hours each. We have worked to ensure that the virtual edition of CLS is as engaging, valuable, fruitful, informational, and professionally developmental as its in-person counterpart. 


Please carefully review the schedule BEFORE registering for the course.

Classes will be held  on a "split" schedule to allow for a lunch-rest-and regenerate break.  Morning sessions will begin at 9 am - 10:30 am and resume for the afternoon at 2:30 pm - 4 pm.



Aug. 5, 2020

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.  

In order to gain maximum value from Session I, participants are strongly encouraged to have their Board Chair attend with them. 


Sept. 9, 2020

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. 7, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

Nonprofit Finance Basics: 

This final session designed by Together SC staff will address topics identified by the participants such as: Building a Budget, Fundraising, Marketing, Grantwriting, and Understanding Financial Statements.


To ensure individualized attention, a selection process will be used to ensure each class includes leaders from diverse organizations, backgrounds and regions of the state.  



Priority will be given to members. Those with financial constraints are encouraged to reach out to partner foundation for financial support. 

Please reach out to Shayne Kinloch at Shayne@TogetherSC.org with your questions.

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