McGee Selected to Riley Institute

Sept. 1, 2015 

SCANPO president Madeleine McGee selected for Furman’s Riley Institute

Columbia, SC --- Madeleine McGee, executive director of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organization has been selected to participate in the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) created by Furman University’s Riley Institute. McGee is one of 45 leaders from the Lowcountry and surrounding areas selected to participate in the Initiative’s class for 2016.

Formally known as The Richard W. Riley Institute® of Government, Politics and Public Leadership, the Institute was created in 1999 to broaden student and community perspective about issues critical to South Carolina’s progress. The Diversity Leaders Initiative is an extension of the Institute offering an interactive, award-winning program that imparts knowledge and skills to effectively manage and lead diversity throughout our state.

“DLI and the Riley Fellows have matured into a potent force to help move South Carolina forward,” said Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “The variety of unique experiences and perspectives that this class brings to the table is so important to the meaningful dialogue and work of DLI,” says Gordon.

Poised to join more than 1,500 Riley Fellows from across the state, McGee will join other class members as they meet over the course of five months. The program format is driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants.

“The events of this past year clearly demonstrate the need in South Carolina for The Riley Institute and its efforts to increase diversity,” says McGee. “Having been born in Charleston and spending most of my career working in the nonprofit sector, I believe a society founded on inequity can still achieve equity for all.”

Participants reflecting South Carolina’s demographics and representing the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors are chosen by nomination and application. As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects.

“The frames of reference and skills that DLI graduates share provide a remarkable platform for working together to help South Carolina compete in the 21st century,” says Gordon.

About South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO)
South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) is the only membership organization focused solely on supporting and strengthening the state’s nonprofit sector through education, advocacy, networking and leadership. Founded in 1997, SCANPO is comprised of 700 members representing nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, associations, foundations and academic institutions.

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Jessica Munday