March 12, 2014

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina vice chair selected for Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative

Nexsen Pruet attorney and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Vice Chair Rick Mendoza has been selected as a participant for the 7th Midlands Class of The Riley Institute at Furman Diversity Leaders Initiative.

Mendoza is one of 42 leaders from the Midlands and surrounding areas selected to participate. Class members meet over the course of five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants. As part of the program, leaders work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects.

Mendoza is a certified bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law specialist in the State of South Carolina. He received his bachelor of science, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he has served as an adjunct professor.

The Diversity Leaders Initiative focuses on diversity leadership, community building, and communication and collaboration skills. It is offered to select senior-level leaders across the state, and more than 400 CEOs, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, nonprofit heads, chamber of commerce directors, and community leaders have graduated from the program. The Riley Institute launched the program to encourage community leaders to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by the many facets of diversity in South Carolina, including among others, differences in cultural background, language, gender, and physical ability.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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