December 17, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina holds graduation ceremony for 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Development Training program graduates

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina graduated six students from its Nonprofit Leadership Development Training certificate program December 7 in a ceremony at the EdVenture’s Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. The students are the fourth graduating class of the certification program.

The program is designed for nonprofit leaders who are recognized as having great potential and are ready to take their nonprofit leadership to the next level. Through the program, nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and framework to lead nonprofit organizations in an ever-changing, diverse society and to effectively lead within their organizations.

Kristie Searcy, PhD, was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. She is the department head of the Radiologic Technology Program at Augusta Technical College and an associate professor at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Searcy encouraged each of the graduates to “press, persevere and pursue.” She said, “When you press, you not only impact your life, but the lives of countless others throughout your sphere of influence; to persevere, each of you must reach deep within and tap into the spirit of perseverance, the spirit that is steadfast and determined to do something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success; and to pursue, it’s now time to abandon any fears or reservations and write out, plan and passionately pursue your vision to bring about lasting change. This leadership academy was designed to renew your sense of excitement and passion in your work. So leave today passionate about the road ahead and let this passion be the fuel that will propel you into your destiny. “

Pictured are the six 2012 graduates (left to right): Lasima Turmon, volunteer executive director, GVW Community Investment Corporation; Brenda Dooley, executive director, LowCountry Habitat for Humanity; Brian Thomas, senior pastor, NorthStar Christian Center; Katie Bullard, leadership giving associate, United Way of the Midlands; William Loyd Jr., executive director, Midlands Community Development Corporation; Sherry Lewis, director of therapy and outreach services, Sexual Trauma of the Midlands.

For more pictures from the graduation, visit the photo gallery. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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