Speakers

    • Caroline Caldwell-Richmond

      Caroline Caldwell-Richmond 

      ABOUT OUR NEW MIND HEALTH AND CARE FOUNDER Caroline Caldwell-Richmond, PhD (ABD) is an advocate and believer of 2nd Chances! She is the founder and director of New Mind Health and Care (http://newmindhealthandcare.org)  a non-profit that provides free services to individuals, families and children affected by incarceration or criminal histories. The agen...

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    • Chandra Dillard

      Chandra Dillard 

      Rep. Chandra Dillard is Director of Community Relations for Furman University.   She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Winthrop University and a Masters in Public Administration from Walden University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Furman’s Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative, and Leadership South Carolina. After a distinguished service record on Greenville City Council for nine years as the first woman to represent her district, in November 2008 she was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives....

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    • Ennis Fant

      Ennis Fant 

      A native of Greenville, Ennis Fant attended the public schools of Greenville County. While at The University of South Carolina, he served as President of the Theta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was the Southern Region College Brother of the Year. He did his theological studies at Erskine Theological Seminary and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently services as Senior Pastor of Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church in Powdersville, SC. He is also serves as an adjunct professor of New Testament Studies at N.J. Brockman School of Theology in Greenville, S...

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    • Harold Hughes

      Harold Hughes 

      Harold Hughes is a 2008 graduate of Clemson University where he received Bachelors degrees in both Economics and Political Science.  In May 2014, he completed his MBA at Clemson, and he is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. As a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Co-Managing Director of the Collective: a coworking space for small teams and entrepreneurs, Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter, and is a member of NEXT and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. A man ...

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    • Jabecca Banks

      Jabecca Banks 

      Growing up I thought a career in Computer Science would give me the peace I needed, the money I desired, and the status amongst my peers.  I pursued what I thought would fulfill me. After graduating from Stephens County High School in 1985, I eagerly leaped head first into college at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, GA. In 1990, I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science; however, I was still lacking personal fulfillment. While in college, my heart fell head over heels for physical fitness: exercising and eating healthy.  I realized this lo...

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    • James Jordan

      James Jordan 

        James Jordon is President of JCC General Contractors, which provides residential and commercial construction services, and specializes in interior renovations. He is a respected community leader in Greenville, and an up-and-coming young leader in the Upstate of South Carolina. James Jordon was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. James’ parents made a deep and lasting impression on him during his childhood, instilling the values of perseverance, earnestness, integrity, and faith. He has a brother and three sisters. During his early years and throughout high school, James attended public scho...

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    • Jason Zacher

      Jason Zacher 

      Jason Zacher Vice President of Business Advocacy Greenville Chamber Executive Director Upstate Chamber Coalition As the Vice President of Business Advocacy for the Greenville Chamber, Jason leads the public policy initiatives for the Greenville Chamber and the Upstate Chamber Coalition. He is responsible for fostering relationships with our local, state, and federal officials as well as business leaders throughout the Upstate. He is the lead lobbyist for all 11 Ch...

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    • Jil Littlejohn

      Jil Littlejohn 

      Born and raised in inner city Atlanta, Georgia, Jil has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University and a Bachelor's of Arts in Intercultural Studies for Business from Wofford College (2001) with studies at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Jil is fluent in Spanish and studied Japanese. She currently serves at the 1st female President and CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate. Jil is a 2015 Graduate of Municipal Association of South Carolina's Municipal Elected Officials Institute. She has served as a member of City Council since February 2009. She ...

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    • Katrice Hardy

      Katrice Hardy 

      Katrice Hardy is the Executive Editor of The Greenville News and the Southeast Regional Editor for the USA Today Network.  She formerly worked for more than 20 years at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va where she started as an intern and left as the news organization's managing editor. She earned her degree in mass communications from Louisiana State University and has been a member of the National Association of Black Journalists for many years where she's mentored and worked with younger journalists and students. She's served on the boards for the YMCA in Norfolk and Hampton Ro...

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    • Nika White

      Nika White 

      Dr. Nika White’s professional career spans about 20 years, ranging from serving as a diversity and inclusion practitioner, an accomplished marketing communications executive, economic development leader and community advocate. Dr. White found inspiration through the intersection of business, diversity and leadership, and has made this her niche. She is a national sought after consultant, thought leader, and speaker to countless organizations and executives on issues of team engagement, organizational leadership, strategic diversity, and intentional inclusion. In 2017, Dr.White launched Nika Wh...

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    • Raquel Thomas

      Raquel Thomas 

      MBA, CEO, LLC! Those are not acronyms many usually associate with a girl from the “wrong” side of the tracks! Still those challenges are exactly why Raquel Michelle Richardson Thomas is the CEO/Owner of six thriving businesses, all before her 35th birthday! The Columbia SC native decided while just a child that despite her circumstances, she would achieve her goals and change lives in the process. After receiving her BA in Business Administration and Marketing from Virginia State University and Graduating from the University of Maryland with an MBA, she quickly began crafting her action p...

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    • Tiffany Santagati

      Tiffany Santagati 

      Tiffany Santagati is a native of Beaufort, SC. Tiffany currently serves as the Senior Vice President, PULSE Center Executive at Southern First Bank. In this position, she is responsible for creating, communicating, and driving the vision while directing and supporting several key teams including Client Services Support, Teller Operations, and the PULSE Center. During her career, she has held numerous positions, primarily with BB&T bank including Financial Center Leader, Retail Loan Processing Manager and Regional Mortgage Processing Manager for the Up...

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