Sumter's Debbie Elmore selected for Riley Institute

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Posted 2/6/18

According to a news release from the South Carolina School Boards Association, SCSBA Director of Governmental Relations and Communications Debbie Elmore is one of 41 leaders from the Midlands and surrounding areas selected to participate in the …

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Sumter's Debbie Elmore selected for Riley Institute

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According to a news release from the South Carolina School Boards Association, SCSBA Director of Governmental Relations and Communications Debbie Elmore is one of 41 leaders from the Midlands and surrounding areas selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman's Diversity Leaders Initiative this spring.

"Though we are a diverse population, discovering ways in which differences can be a strength in our organizations is of utmost importance as we seek to grow and support a thriving economy and rich culture," Dr. Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute, said in the release.

DLI class members are chosen through a rigorous process including a nomination, application and interview. Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and communities.

SCSBA Executive Director Scott Price said in the release, "We are exceptionally proud of Debbie's nomination and selection into DLI. SCSBA is committed to diversity awareness at all levels of our organization."

Over five months, Elmore will learn about diversity and inclusion "blind spots" and how to avoid assumptions. She will also work in small, cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in the community through a service project. The DLI classes are facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president.

"DLI is unique among South Carolina's leadership programs. 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," Johnson said.

DLI graduates become Riley Fellows, members of a powerful, cross-sector, statewide leadership network that includes CEOs of corporations, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, nonprofit heads, chamber of commerce directors, and community leaders.