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Fall 2020 Carolina Leadership Seminars

For New Executive Directors

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

Event Details


Nonprofit Executive Director participants will engage in a series of candid and confidential discussions with peers regarding their organization’s current performance and their personal leadership challenges.  Our goal is for participants to walk away from each session with practical tools and actionable insights to embed an elevated intraorganizational culture, race equity into their professional environments and processes, and tools to mitigate risk and crisis. Our intent is to equip CLS participants with the strategies and tactics necessary to effectively steward their organizations, spur their resolve to embed race equity into their organizations and environments, and to increase the impact of nonprofits across the state.

In response to COVID-19 the Fall 2020 edition of Carolina Leadership Seminars (CLS) will be hosted via digital format.  There will be a series of ten one and one-half hour online session modules; over five days that will provide a comprehensive overview of effective governance for the nonprofit executive director.  


Lessons Learned - A Summary of the Carolina Leadership Seminars Program


Charles C. Weathers, MBA, Founder & President of The Weathers Group,will design and lead all seminar sessions. 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 will provide creative, interactive learning opportunities for participants to address current organizational and leadership challenges in a confidential, open-dialogue learning environment.  Read more about Charles' background and expertise here


Participation is limited to Executive Directors/Chief Executive Officers, Interims, or those being directly groomed for such positions serving charitable nonprofit organizations within South Carolina, and who have served in their *current* position for less than five years.

To encourage support, applicants will be asked to provide an endorsement or nomination from a foundation involved in their organization. Foundations may also provide scholarship support for participants to encourage participation and defray costs.

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

Alecia Klauk
Alecia Klauk Executive Director Chapin We Care Center
Jennifer Gunter
Jennifer Gunter Director SC Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation
Justin Stokes
Justin Stokes VP, Legislative Affairs, & Executive Director Audubon South Carolina
Kenneth Smith
Kenneth Smith CEO/President Dillon County Long Term Recovery Group
Sara Green
Sara Green Executive Director SC Wildlife Federation
Vince Matthews
Vince Matthews Executive Director Joseph H Neal Health Collaborative
1 Other Registered Attendees


Please note that due to limited seating and to ensure individualized attention and care, a selection process will be used to ensure class representation of diverse organizational types, backgrounds, and regions served.  


In response to the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19), Together SC intends to identify strategies to continue our duty to serve while also honoring the need to ensure and encourage healthful actions. As such the Fall 2020 edition of Carolina Leadership Seminars (CLS) will be hosted in a digital format.  There will be a series of ten one and one-half hour online session modules; over five days that will provide a comprehensive overview of effective governance for the nonprofit executive director.  

The goal and intent of CLS has not changed.  We wish to equip nonprofit executive directors with resources and knowledge to spur their innovation and increase the impact of their organization, which will elevate outcomes across the state. It is paramount that we ensure the integrity and good reputation of the CLS program. To that end, 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. 

Nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs, Presidents, Interims, and those being directly groomed for such positions will benefit from the interactive curriculum which has been curated and created by facilitator, Charles Weathers.  We ask that one participant per organization registers at this time. If you do not occupy one of the aforementioned positions within a nonprofit organization, this opportunity may not be for you, but feel free to share with a more appropriate person at your organization.

Participants must attend ALL ten sessions to receive a Certificate of Completion. Attendance will be monitored during each session. Please carefully review the schedule, which is posted below, BEFORE registering for the course.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Shayne Kinloch at



August 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.

TIME: 9 am-10:30 am / BREAK FOR LUNCH / 2:30 pm-4 pm


September 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.

TIME: 9 am-10:30 am / BREAK FOR LUNCH / 2:30 pm-4 pm


October 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.

TIME: 9 am-10:30 am / BREAK FOR LUNCH / 2:30 pm-4 pm


November 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.

TIME: 9 am-10:30 am / BREAK FOR LUNCH / 2:30 pm-4 pm


September 9, 2020

Nonprofit Finance Basics: For the first time, we are offering a session centered around Nonprofit Finance Basics.  The session will be led by Madeleine McGee, Together SC President and Benjamin Bullock, Together SC's Director of Operations. Subject matter including Building a Budget, Fundraising, Marketing, Grantwriting, and Understanding Financial Statements will be explored.

TIME: 9 am-10:30 am / BREAK FOR LUNCH / 2:30 pm-4 pm

*CLS virtual classes will be held on the above dates, and 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.*

Participants must be present for all session periods in order to receive credit for attendance and to earn a Certificate of Completion.  Attendance will be captured at each session period.


Online Interface 

Cost: $325

While the full cost of this program is over $700 a participant we are able to offer it to attendees at much less than that price!  Although Together SC membership is not an absolute requirement to attend, member dollars coupled with support from our generous philanthropic partners help to make this program possible.  It is because of members like you that we are able to offer this invaluable training at such a discounted rate!  We thank you for being an Ally for Good, and we are grateful for your support.