EASLEY – The Leadership Pickens County program kicked off its new year on Aug. 31 with a two-day class orientation held at the Madren Conference Center in Clemson.
Sponsored by Baptist Easley Hospital, the orientation featured a diversity leadership session facilitated by Juan Johnson, founder and president of Diversity Leadership in Action.
The Leadership Pickens County’s Class of 2016 included LeAnne Alewine from GHS/Safe Kids Upstate, Dominique Benson from Tri-County Technical College, Suzanne Bixby from Pickens County YMCA, Beverly Brackett from Pickens County Library System, Austin Canfield from Clemson Area Chamber, Lawson Clary from 5 Point Church, Anna Connelly from SC Vocational Rehab, Billy Crawford from Hagood Mill, Alex Dye from South State Bank, Taylor Etcheson and Sealevel Systems, and Will Grant from Cannon Memorial Hospital.
Other participants included Jonathan Hamby from the Easley Police Department, Zachary Hinton from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Ken Hitchcock from Pickens County Career & Technology Center, Rohan Jackson from Unidine at Baptist Easley Hospital, Paul Kraemer from Robinson Funeral Home, Wallace Krebs from Sealevel Systems and Kristin Ledford from Pickens County Advocacy Center.
Also participating was Tyler Morgan from Easley Combined Utilities, Charlie Phelps from Sealevel Systems, Zach Price from Baptist Easley Hospital Foundation, Stephen Steese from City of Easley, Sara Trinkl from The Parenting Place and Greta Young from The Parenting Place.
DLA was formed to help community groups and business organizations equip their leaders with skills to lead more effectively in an increasingly diverse environment. Over the years, it has become apparent that one of the most pressing challenges in the diversity arena is moving groups and organizations into “action mode.”
Sponsored by the chambers of commerce in Pickens County, and facilitated by a Board of Regents, the LPC program is designed to equip emerging leaders with skills and knowledge regarding any issues facing our local community and encourage them to actively participate in the decision-making process.
The nine-month program will conclude in May with a graduation ceremony. Contact the Easley Chamber at 864-859-2693 or visit www.leadershippickens.com for more information.