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Diversity Awards Dinner

The Inclusion Infusion Team: Row 1 (l-r) George Acker, Joe Davenport, Russell Harris;
Row 2 (l-r) Reginald Avery, Sarah Miller, Wayne Culbertson, Diane Eldridge (Sandra Hayes not in photo)

Sixteenth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Due to the continued concern for health and safety, the awards celebration will be a virtual event that will still take place on November 17. Specific details will be announced soon.

The Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner

The annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards dinner originated as a community action project during the 2004 Upstate Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative hosted by the Riley Institute at Furman. As their group project, "Inclusion Infusion" suggested an annual event that would recognize organizations and individuals for their accomplishments in improving diversity in the Upstate. The idea developed and was quickly adopted by the Riley Institute and the Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg Chambers of Commerce, all of which have had representatives complete the Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative program.

While many approaches to diversity are limited to the concepts of representation and sensitivity to differences, the mission of the Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative is to educate leaders to make quality decisions to manage diversity through both inclusion and requirement-driven approaches. Winners of the diversity award (individuals and organizations) are role models in promoting diversity in the areas of business, individual leadership, community building, schools and civic organizations. 

Past Award Winners


After thorough and thoughtful discussion with the leadership of The Riley Institute and the Greenville Chamber, the Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Celebration previously scheduled for April 28, 2020 will be postponed. We are currently working to determine a new date.

While we hope you can join us on the rescheduled date, if you are unable to attend, we ask that you work with the Chamber on the details regarding refund or event transfer. Please contact Megan Campbell at for assistance in that process.

Sixteenth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards