Carlos Phillips, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, is one of 45 leaders selected to participate in the 23rd Upstate class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI).
“We are encouraged for the future of this state with the addition of each new class of Fellows because of their commitment to positive change and dedicated efforts to see it through,” Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute, said in a statement.
The program allows class members to use case studies and other experiential learning tools to learn and produce relationships with each other.
“DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs,” Juan Johnson, DLI facilitator and former Coca-Cola vice president, said. “In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead diverse workers, clients and constituents.”
The five-month program allows participants to reflect on the demographics of South Carolina as they impact many industries, including corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors.
“In a time of considerable division both nationally and locally, it is increasingly important to work together to find ways to foster a thriving economy and break down barriers that hinder progress,” Gordon said.