Monday, August 29, 2016
Riley Institute at Furman
CHIEF CARL RITCHIE SELECTED FOR RILEY INSTITUTE AT FURMAN DIVERSITY LEADERS INITIATIVE’S 11th LOWCOUNTRY CLASS
Mount Pleasant, SC – Chief Carl Ritchie is one of 45 leaders from across the Lowcountry and surrounding areas selected to participate in the 11th Lowcountry class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). “We are excited to welcome these accomplished people into DLI. The relationships they will form and tools they will gain over the course of the DLI program will support their progress as passionate and influential leaders in the state,” said Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.
Poised to join more than 1700 Riley Fellows from across the state, class members meet for 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. DLI is expertly 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 increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents,” said Johnson.
As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects. Participants reflecting South Carolina’s demographics and representing the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors are chosen by nomination and application. “The frames of reference and skills that DLI graduates share provide a remarkable platform for working together to help South Carolina compete in the 21st century,” Gordon said.
“I look forward to sharing my law enforcement perspective on diversity and how important it is to staff a department that is reflective of the community we serve,” says Chief Ritchie. “I anticipate I will take away valuable information from the other leaders in this class that will help strengthen the relationship we have with our citizens.“