Leadership program improving South Carolina
By Peter Hull
Directors of leadership programs from 11 states held their 2009 annual meeting in Charleston this fall, the first time South Carolina has hosted the event.
The four-day conference focused on issues facing their regions, including unemployment, the economy and workforce training.
Leadership South Carolina, the host organization, is based at the Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia. It was established in 1979 to provide gifted and highly motivated South Carolinians an opportunity to advance their leadership skills while broadening their understanding of issues facing the state.
Each year, individuals are selected through a competitive process. Selection is based on an applicant’s demonstrated abilities as a leader and on their record of service in a leadership capacity.
“We look for people who want to better the state so we can improve South Carolina,” said Helen Munnerlyn, Leadership South Carolina executive director.
The 46-member Class of 2010 comes from the public and private sectors and nonprofits across the state. During the nine-month program the class will meet with statewide experts in a variety of fields to explore quality of life, economic development, education and social issues.