Removing Our Blinders: How We Can Make Racism A Solvable Problem

Thursday, September 3, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)

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We are excited to announce that Monroe Free, President/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and Chair of the Together SC Board of Directors will kick off our new Removing Our Blinders series.

Join Monroe on Thursday, September 3 at 9:00 to discuss Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff’’s TED Talk  How we can make racism a solvable problem -- and improve policing.

In his riveting April 2019 talk viewed by more than 2,000,000, Dr. Goff,  CEO of Center for Policing Equity, offers an explanation of racism and his model for overcoming it. While he specifically speaks to applications in law enforcement, Goff’s approach can be adapted to other sectors. The goal for this Removing the Blinders session is to offer nonprofit leaders a potential approach for tackling racism embedded within their organizations.

 Please watch this 12 minute video and come with your own thoughts.

You will leave this conversation with answers to the following:

  • What did I struggle with most when considering today’s topic? Why?
  • How can I apply today’s topic to me, my organization and my community?
  • What will I do differently as a result of today’s topic?
  • How did today’s topic help me better understand racism and white privilege?

Sponsored by:

    Duke Energy - Wikipedia 

Greenville, SC - Official Website

Attendees (130)

Alicia Kokkinis

Grants Officer

Charleston County School District

Anita Case

Executive Director

Affinity Health Center

Anita Floyd

Executive Director

Nickelodeon Theatre

Anne Reid

Chief Development Officer

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC

Barbara Rackes


SC Women in Leadership

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

C. Michael Bowman

President, BOD

Father to Father, Inc.

Catherine Puckett

Program Director

Nonprofit Alliance

Catherine Schumacher

President / CEO

Public Education Partners

Ci Ci Holloway

HR Director

Richland Library

Courtney Waters

Man. Dir. Education Advocacy and Systems Trans

Teach for America

Daniel Prohaska

President & CEO

Lions Vision Services

Darlene Lynch

Director, Community Health Transformation

SC Office of Rural Health

David Platts

South Carolina Arts Commission

David Ray

Chief Conservation Officer


Dr. Michael Jennings

Chief Diversity Officer

Hispanic Alliance

Eileen Chepenik

Executive Director

Trident Literacy Association

Fallon Green

Grant Writer

Love House Learning Academy

Gabrielle Yarborough

Development Director

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Ivey Baird


JB Business Solutions, LLC

Jennifer Baker


College of Charleston - MPA Program

Jennifer Rogers

Former Executive Director


JoAnn Turnquist


Central Carolina Community Foundation

julia seward


julia seward consulting

Karen Kuse

Head of School

Montessori School of Columbia

Karyn Page-Davies

President/Executive Director

Stone Soup Storytelling Institute

Katie Zenger

Director of Public Health Strategies & Initiatives

Joseph H Neal Health Collaborative

Kendall Biga

Program Coordinator

Charleston Hope

Kevin Patten

Vice President for Finance & Administration

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Kim Fabian

Executive Director

Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Larry Hembree Hembree

Executive DIrector

Columbia Children's Theatre

Lauren Dorton

Executive Director

Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation

Laurie Sessa

Board Member

Pattison's Academy

Leigh Thomson

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Lesa Kastler

Community Foundation of Greenville

Mac Bennett - 1

Nonprofit Sector Consultant

Beam and Hinge

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Maggie Kalergis

Donor Relations Manager

Lowcountry Land Trust

Marc Pitman


The Concord Leadership Group

Margaret Kelly

Arm-in-Arm Board Member, Executive Committee


Marti Colucci

Managing Director

Leeza's Care Connection

Meg Stanley

Executive Director

Eat Smart Move More SC

Melissa Ladd

Owner, Facilitator


Monroe Free

President and CEO

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County

Nicole Echols

Director of External Affairs

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Pam Toney

Executive Direcotor

Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine

Patricia Wright

Program Associate

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Peter Zalka

Board Chairman


Quinn Hayes

Director of Women in Philanthropy

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Richard Freeman

Senior Relationship Manager


Robert S Hervey

Executive Director

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Sam Clements

Executive Director

Doors To Dream

Sandy Morckel

President & Change Agent for Inspired Philanthropy

Solutions for the Greater Good

Shelli D Quenga

Director of Programs

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Sherry Gilliam

Executive Director

Charleston County First Steps

Stephen Baggett

Executive Director

Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity

Steven Burritt

Executive Director

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Sue Williams


Children's Trust of South Carolina

Summer Tebalt


AccessHealth Spartanburg

Tamara Herring

Executive Director

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Terri Lottchea

Operations Manger

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Tina Ujcich

HR & Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Charleston County Parks Foundation

Tom LeGrand

Regional Director

Impact America- South Carolina

Vince Matthews

Executive Director

Joseph H Neal Health Collaborative

Yolanda Anderson

Development/Donor Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

64 Other Registered Attendees

Presented by:

Monroe Free,

President/CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County

Together SC Board Chair

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County | LinkedIn

For More Information:

Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder, DNA Creative Communications