June 30, 2021

Congratulations Leadership Columbia Class of 2021

On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at the Curtiss-Wright Hangar, the Columbia Chamber and the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board (LCAB) honored 36 graduates of the Leadership Columbia program. The Class of 2021 completed an orientation, a retreat, ten class days and a class project with the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. Since its inception in 1972, Leadership Columbia has graduated over 2,000 leaders across the Midlands.

“For the past 48 years, Leadership Columbia has consistently provided the Midlands with dynamic leaders who are passionate about inspiring change in the community,” said Carl Blackstone, President and CEO of the Columbia Chamber, “The project the Class of 2021 has completed for the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition will serve as a welcoming space for local fathers and their children for years to come.”

In addition to presenting each graduate with a commemorative plaque, the Columbia Chamber and Leadership Columbia Advisory Board honored Megan Newbold, Garvin Design Group, with the Glenn Jacobus Award, an award given each year to a class member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the class project and truly embodies the role of a servant leader.

The Leadership Columbia Class of 2021:

John Andoh Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority
Rachel Atria YMCA of Columbia
Marcia Bacon Richland First Steps
Michael Barker BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Thomas Beard Colliers International
Kaitlin Beck Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Jennifer Berryman BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Sam Bond South Carolina Education Lottery
Tom Bryant South Carolina Air National Guard
Aditi Srivastav Bussells Children’s Trust of South Carolina
Branden Conrad First Citizens Bank
Kimberlei Davis WOLO-TV
Mimi Draft Columbia Water
Megan Huebner Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of SC
Rachel John Boudreaux
Rula Kibler Colonial Life
Catie Martin BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Hunter McKenzie Goodwyn Mills Cawood
Frank Mundy Stewart Engineering, Inc.
Megan Newbold Garvin Design Group
Cassandra Paden South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Rachel Phillips South Carolina Air National Guard
Rachel Price Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Catherine Ramirez Chernoff Newman
Brittani Richards Central SC Habitat for Humanity
Arteya Robinson BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Jamesha Shackerford Central Carolina Community Foundation
Austin Smallwood South Carolina Realtors
Meredith Smith BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Taylor Stanley Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A.
Diana Stevenson Grace Outdoor Advertising
Sara Svedberg Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Thomas Tafel Lexington Medical Center
Maya Troy Colonial Life
Theresa Wallace South Carolina Humanities
Robert Willm Nephron Pharmaceuticals

“Leadership Columbia provides an unparalleled leadership development opportunity,” said Patrick Cleary, 2020-2021 Leadership Columbia Advisory Board Chair, “the Class of 2021 showed incredible teamwork and impact in the Midlands while in the program. We look forward to another successful group of leaders in the Class of 2022.”

In August, the Columbia Chamber will announce the Leadership Columbia Class of 2022.

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