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Spring DLI Classes:

To view the press release on the Upstate Spring 2015 Class XIX, click here.

To view the press release on the Midlands Spring 2015 Class VIII, click here.

April 29: Upstate Class XIX, Class IV, Breakfast served at 8:30 am; Class 9:00-4:30 pm; Michelin Conference Center (MC2), 517 Michelin Road, Greenville 

May 5: Upstate Leaders Diversity Awards Dinner

May 7Midlands Class VIII, Class IV; Breakfast Served at 8:30 am; Class 9:00-4:30 pm at Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Avenue, Columbia, SC


Upstate XIX Spring 2015 

Midlands VIII Spring 2015


The Rev. Darian Blue roots for the people that others give up on. He doesn’t give up on them because others didn’t give up on him. Greenville News

UNITE South Carolina –
Celebrating Ten Years of DLI

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11th Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner
TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

6 p.m.  Reception
7 p.m.  Awards Program and Dinner

To register for the awards dinner, please click here.

This year's speaker is Bill Barnet, CEO of Barnet Development Corporation and former mayor of Spartanburg.

At this year’s event, we will celebrate the legacy of Calder Ehrmann for his unwavering commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the Upstate. As one of the event’s founders and namesake of the Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual award, we are deeply grateful for Calder’s service and are honored to celebrate his life.

Hosted by the Greenville Chamber and the Riley Institute at Furman in partnership with Upstate Chambers, this annual event honors individuals, schools, and organizations who exhibit leadership in promoting diversity in the Upstate.

Awards will be presented in the following six categories: Individual, High School Student, College Student, Business, Nonprofit, International, and K-12 school. To view a list of past winners, please click here.

Read more about recent DLI Riley Fellows and upcoming events