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Calder D. Ehrmann

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Calder Ehrmann was Chief Diversity Officer for Michelin in 2002 when he heard Juan Johnson speak about a diversity leadership program he had implemented in Atlanta. Convinced that the Upstate needed such a program, he and Jim Foster, another Michelin executive, met with Don Gordon, Riley Institute executive director and Benny Walker, then vice president for enrollment at Furman, to talk about how to move forward. The idea took root.

The Riley Institute has since completed 38 five-month long DLI programs across the state. DLI is a unique, highly interactive, multi-award winning diversity leadership program. With a roster reading like a who’s who of South Carolina leadership, now more than 1500 (and counting) leaders from the corporate, government, nonprofit, education, faith and creative sectors are Riley Fellows. These networked men and women come away from the program with deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents.

Besides sparking the DLI effort, for the past 11 years Calder has led the work of carefully crafting the mix of participants of the two annual Upstate classes. His passion for equitable treatment of all people has been infectious and has had a major impact on making the state a better place to live and work. In memory of Calder and recognition of his leadership, the Calder D. Ehrmann Diversity Leaders Fund was created. It will provide scholarships that ensure that representatives of nonprofit, faith-based and underrepresented groups can participate in Upstate DLI classes and help drive positive change in the Upstate and all of South Carolina.

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