Removing Our Blinders: A Year After George Floyd's Murder - Do You See Now?

Thursday, September 9, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
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Category: Removing Our Blinders

Forrest Alton was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York, spent more than two decades in South Carolina, and is now a resident of Memphis, TN. Forrest's personal experiences and lessons from every step of that journey have helped to inform his passion, values, and work. 

In addition to his own personal experiences, he is also a big fan of Simon Sinek and his work around “starting with why”—both at the personal and organizational level. In nearly every client engagement with 1000 Feathers, Forrest and his team trace conversations back to this very fundamental and foundational place.

What is the purpose or cause that drives you?

Like Sinek, they are believers that it is only when individuals and organizations know the answer to this question, at a deep level, that they can find clarity and fulfillment.

Clarity and meaning are needed to help guide us through challenge and success, through grief and celebration, and to help us understand when we must stand up and speak out for the things we believe in.

In this moment, even standing up and speaking out feels insufficient and short of action. In other words, our organizational statements on race, equity, and inclusion are not enough.

We have to push further, develop a clear understanding of our purpose in this world, be willing to listen with the intention of more clearly understanding the challenges being faced by our brothers and sisters of color, remove our blinders, and most importantly, be courageous enough to do something about what we see and hear.

In 2020 Forrest posted a message on Facebook in response to the murder of George Floyd. So much has happened in our country in the fifteen months since and we are continually reminded of how much work is left to be done. Forrest's powerful post ultimately became a blog on the 1000 Feathers website. He often goes back to reread the post as a way to reflect and check in on his own learning

Please give it a read before we gather for Removing Our Blinders.

Watch a few of Forrest’s Speaking Engagements

TedTalk - Changing the Lives of Teenagers: Forrest Alton at TEDxColumbia

Midlands Anchor Interview - Taking the ‘Non’ out of Nonprofit

Commencement Speech at LaFargeville Central High School

Attendees (70)

Lily Averkamp


Leeza's Care Connection

Icelynn Baldwin

Quality Improvement Manager

Children's Trust of SC

Tami Barlow

Director of Operations

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Tatjana Beylotte

Executive Director

Charleston Jazz

Lanita Bolden

Founder / President

GMAN Scholarship Foundation

LaKisha Bowman

Engagement Manager

Benefits Data Trust

LaTonya Boyd

Executive Director

Chester County First Steps

Jennifer Bozard

Chief Operating Officer

One80 Place

John Browne-1

Executive Director

Vital Connections of the Midlands, Inc.

Steven Burritt

Regional Executive Director

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Ferlecia Cuthbertson

Chief Philanthropy Officer /ED

Barnwell County United Way

Adia Daniels

Education and Outreach manager

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Bryant Davis

Assistant Director of Government & Community Serv

Richland County Government and Community Services

Jennifer DeWitt

Chief Community Programs Officer

Lowcountry Food Bank

Nicole Echols

Director of External Affairs

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Liz Evans

Development and Marketing Director

First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg

Sarah Goode

Prevention Education Coordinator

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Keisha Gray

Program Director, Early Childhood Development

Mary Black Foundation

Kat Hanold

Director of First Impressions & Logistics

Spartanburg County Foundation

Abby Harwell

Director of Communications

United Way of the Piedmont

Tamara Herring

Executive Director

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Kimberly Humphrey

GCS Relations Associate

Richland County Government and Community Services

Julie Hussey


Civic Communications LLC

Lynn Hutto

HR/Management Consultant

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Cassandra Jackson

Founder/Principal Strategist

2911 Creative LLC

Kathy Jenkins

Executive Director

Orangeburg County First Steps

Erin Johnson

Vice President for Community Investment

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Alana Jordan

Development & Marketing Director

Justice 360

Alecia Klauk

Executive Director

Chapin We Care Center

Elisabeth Litvin

Board Director

Miss Ruby's Kids

Terri Lottchea

Operations Manger

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Donna Mack

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Denise Marcano

College Health Education Coordinator

Fact Forward

Alyssa McKenzie

Development Officer

Chapman Cultural Center

Ashley Nelson

Program & Communications Officer

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation/LGS

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Darlene Paradise

Director of Development

Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center

Duchett Polite Hylton

Executive Director

Jasper County First Steps

Elmire Raven

East Cooper Community Outreach

Carol Reeves

Executive Director

Just Say Something

Alexis Rhodes

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Kathy Ridge


Lift Connection

Brooke Robertson

Director of Strategic Communication & Member Experience

Neue South Collective

Luanne Rodgers

Chief Philanthropy and Mission Advancement Officer

Windwood Family Services

Joelle Ryan-Cook

Deputy Director

Columbia Museum of Art

Allison Safford

Strategic Initiatives Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Larry Salley

Executive Director

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Carrie Silver


Bridges to a Brighter Future/Furman University

Carol Singletary

Outreach and Special Project Coordinator

Fact Forward

Amy Splittgerber

Executive Director

Healthy Learners

Aaron Stroud-Romero

VP of International Operations

OneWorld Health

Leigh Thomson

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Kayleigh Vaughn

Exhibits & Programs Director

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

LaQuinta West

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Sue Williams


Children's Trust of SC

Heather Witt

Executive Director

United Way of the Piedmont

Avis Wright

Partner Engagement Manager

Fact Forward

Ebony Young

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Chair

Shifting Solutions Consulting LLC / Junior League of Columbia

Greta Young

Executive Director

The Parenting Place

11 Other Registered Attendees