Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) announced that Health Care Member Charles M. Jordan, Jr., through a rigorous application and interview process, was selected to participate in the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), an award-winning program of Furman University’s Riley Institute. Jordan is one of 42 individuals selected for the 17th Lowcountry cohort and joins a network of more than 2,700 other distinguished leaders who are committed to creating social and economic progress in South Carolina.
“What an honor it is to have been nominated and selected for this well-respected program,” Jordan said. “I have long admired DLI participants as being some of the most pioneering voices in the state, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this program, which I hope will improve my skills in helping drive social and economic change here in the Lowcountry.”
DLI equips participants with tools, insight and perspectives to help leverage diversity, improve organizational outcomes and drive social and economic progress in South Carolina. DLI class members are chosen based on a variety of factors, including their interest in and commitment to the program and their capacity to create impact within their organizations and communities. Each class is crafted to reflect South Carolina’s demographic makeup.
“Today’s leaders have an obligation to drive change across our state that impacts all levels of society, improving outcomes for everyone,” said Riley Institute Executive Director Dr. Donald Gordon. “This class offers participants the tools and experiences to understand the nuanced challenges facing diverse segments of our community and to develop meaningful solutions.”
Over the next four months, Jordan will take part in a highly interactive curriculum consisting of case studies, scenario analyses, and other experiential learning tools that maximize interaction and discussion among classmates and facilitate productive relationships. Working alongside classmates, he will also develop a capstone project that raises awareness of community need.
DLI classes are facilitated by expert Juan Johnson, an independent consultant who was The Coca-Cola Company’s first-ever vice president for diversity strategy.
“DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs,” Johnson said. “In addition to developing new relationships and affecting positive change in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead diverse workers, clients, and constituents.”
Once participants of this class graduate from DLI in December and become Riley Fellows, they join an influential cross-sector network of South Carolinians that includes corporate CEOs, legislators, superintendents, religious and nonprofit heads, and business and community leaders.
“Each new class joins the powerful, statewide network of Riley Fellows, amplifying the impact of these leaders who are working together to make South Carolina a better, more equitable place for all its residents,” Gordon said.
About the Riley Institute at Furman University
Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute advances social and economic progress in South Carolina and beyond by building leadership for a diverse society, broadening student and community perspectives on critical issues, hosting expert speakers, supporting public education, and creating knowledge through community solutions-focused research. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. Learn more at furman.edu/riley.
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