Upstate champions of diversity were honored recently at the 13th Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, hosted by the Greenville, Anderson Area and Greater Greer chambers of commerce and the Riley Institute at Furman.
The following individuals and groups were honored: Darian Blue won the Calder. D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual award; Drew Copeland was named Outstanding College Student and Ingrid Ramos was named Outstanding High School Student; Anju Saxena was honored for Outstanding Contribution to International Diversity; Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. won for Outstanding Business; Joseph’s Catholic School won the William "Bill" T. Wylie VALUED Lives Award for Excellence in Diversity; and Speaking Down Barriers won as Outstanding Nonprofit Organization.
Michael Moore, president and CEO of the International African American Museum, delivered a keynote speech during dinner.
“The Greenville Chamber is honored to work alongside the Riley Institute at Furman to recognize leaders in the Upstate for their efforts to promote a diverse and inclusive community,” Greenville Chamber President and CEO Carlos Phillips said. “We are thrilled to highlight the accomplishments of these leaders, and hope it inspires others to ensure our region is an inclusive place where businesses and organizations succeed, and people prosper.”