Removing Our Blinders: Conversation with Gage Weekes of Hollingsworth Funds

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
via Zoom
Category: Removing Our Blinders

Join us as Gage Weekes helps us consider how to advocate for racial equity change at a rate people can absorb.


Gage Weekes                                                                                                                                                  President & CEO, Hollingsworth Funds

Having served as President & CEO of the Hollingsworth Funds since 2018, Gage will start by sharing the personal and professional experiences that have helped evolve his understanding of racial equity, including:

  • The values instilled at a young age that guides his leadership;
  • Stories of personal and professional reflection on the blinders he had to the issues of race and the need for racial equity; and, 
  • The impact those experiences have had on his approach to leadership at Hollingsworth Funds and the change Hollingsworth hopes to inspire in Greenville.

As leaders, we can be impatient when it comes to the pace of change in the field of philanthropy and our communities. We often forget that to get to the “change we want to see,” we must first understand and acknowledge how our personal views and experiences can impact our decisions and actions. One of the greatest challenges in leading is determining the pace of change needed for our organizations and communities. What will work best - persistent, incremental change? Or bold inspiring leaps? 

Realizing that leadership is about creating change at a rate that people can absorb, Gage has offered to give an open and honest assessment of his own struggles and successes to date in pushing the accelerator versus pumping the brakes when advocating for advances in racial equity at Hollingsworth Funds and in the Greenville community they serve.

Hollingworth Funds' VP for Strategic Initiatives, and Together SC Board member, Tamela Spann, will also join us and share her reflections as a colleague. 



Attendees (87)

Aaron Stroud-Romero

VP of Field Operations

OneWorld Health

Allison Safford

Strategic Initiatives Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Annah Nieman

Operations Coordinator

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

Barbara Black


Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Bethany Kern

Director of Development

Children's Museum of the Upstate

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

Carol Reeves

Executive Director

Just Say Something

Catie Davis

Director, Spartanburg

Children's Museum of the Upstate

Catriona Carlisle

Executive Director

Meals on Wheels of Greenville

Charm Lowe

Administrative Assistant

Spartanburg Community College Foundation

Christine Ellis

Deputy Director

Winyah Rivers Alliance

David Laird

Able South Carolina

Dawn Lavoie

Executive Director

Little Steps

Debra Buffkin

Executive Director

Winyah Rivers Alliance

Diane Smock

Community volunteer (former elected official)

Community Volunteer

Dymon Bryant



Elmire Raven

East Cooper Community Outreach

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Filippo Ravalico

Director of Operations

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Hannah Jarrett

Director of Economic Mobility Strategy

United Way of the Piedmont

Heather Gatchell

Partner Engagement Director

Greenville Homeless Alliance

Jackie Gaffney

Accounting & Compliance Manager

CommunityWorks Carolina

Jamie Cooper


Communities In Schools of South Carolina

Jamie Moon


Institute for Child Success

Jeff McCormack

Executive Director

SC Physicians Care Charity

Jess Burgess

Chief Executive Officer

Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Justine Allen

Program & Event Coordinator

Ten at the Top

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Karen Kimmel

Human Resources / Accounting Assistant

SOS Care

Karen Nichols

Stewardship Officer

Spartanburg County Foundation

Kathryn Harvey


Neue South Collective

Katy Sides

Knowledge Management Officer

Hollingsworth Funds, Inc.

Katy Smith

Executive Director

Greater Good Greenville

Kay Phillips

Executive Director

Children in Crisis of Dorchester County dba Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center

LaTonya Boyd

Executive Director

Chester County First Steps

Lauren Luneckas

Executive Director

Children's Museum of the Upstate

LaVanda Brown

Executive Director

YWCA Greater Charleston

Lisa Maronie

Communications Associate

Institute for Child Success

Lynda Guess

Project specialist

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Lyndsey Marchman

Grants Development Coordinator

Children's Trust of SC

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Mandy Smen

Operations Manager

Neighbors Together

Margaret Tillman


SC Commission for Minority Affairs

Maura Langston

Business Development Manager


Millicent Lann

Development & Outreach Coordinator

Justice 360

Minor Mickel Shaw


Daniel-Mickel Foundation

Nate Barber



Norma Jean Suarez

Executive Director

Unity Health on Main

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Richmond Brown

Ambassador of Culture

Engaging Creative Minds

Rochelle Williams

Executive Director

Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation

Ryann McCall

Donor Engagement Associate

United Way of the Piedmont

Sally Ingles

Communications Director

SC Legal Services

Sharon Beaty

Volunteer & Prevention Coordinator

Rape Crisis Center of Horry & Georgetown Counties

Shelli D Quenga

Director of Programs

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Stephanie Yelder

Outreach Worker

Nurse-Family Partnership

Teresa Johnson

Director of People & Culture

Lowcountry Food Bank

Terri Lottchea

Operations Manger

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Terri Towle

Director of Fund Development

Leeza's Care Connection

Tessa May

Interim Executive Director

Loaves & Fishes

Tiffany Santagati

VP. Operations

Greenville Housing Fund

Timothy VanDenBerg


VanDenBerg Law Firm LLC

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

Yolanda McCray

President & CEO

Black River United Way

21 Other Registered Attendees

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Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson

Chief Learning Officer, Together SC