The Eleventh Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 12, 2016
Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner and program: 7:15
To register and pay online, click here.
Held on the first night of the legislative session each year and attended by political, community, and business leaders, the Wilkins Awards Dinner promotes citizenship, public service, and bipartisan governing. Each year we honor the leadership, courage, vision, and integrity of one South Carolina legislator and one South Carolina civic leader.
The Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership honors a member of the South Carolina House or Senate who best exemplifies the highest principles of leadership, integrity, compassion, vision, and courage. Recipients have demonstrated the ability to collaborate with fellow legislators, regardless of party affiliation, to effect positive change in South Carolina.
The Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership will be presented to a community leader who has demonstrated a long-standing and exemplary commitment to working to improve the quality of life of South Carolinians. The recipient of this award is a civic leader whose selfless involvement in community is marked by vision, skill, and integrity, and whose efforts to improve the quality of life in the state has required a remarkable investment of personal time, energy, and responsibility.
Riley Institute at Furman, Duke Energy to help advance diversity leadership in SC following Charleston shootings
Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant
In the days immediately following the tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., many individuals and organizations asked the question: “What can we do to help?”
In response, Duke’s leaders engaged in deliberate, meaningful conversations with stakeholders across the state to identify where the company could make the biggest difference and most positive impact. These discussions returned to the same theme: the best way Duke Energy can help is to promote diversity and civic participation in South Carolina. Furman’s Riley Institute is unique in that mission and the perfect partner for Duke Energy in these efforts.
With the help of $100,000 from Duke Energy and a matching grant program for Duke employees, the Riley Institute will build on two of its long-term successful leadership programs -- one aimed toward community leaders, Diversity Leaders Initiative, and one toward youth, Emerging Public Leaders.