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Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner 2007

The Third Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner

Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park
Tuesday, May 8, 2007  

The Riley Institute at Furman presented the third annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, which was hosted by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce. 

This year's special guest speaker was Carol Redmond Naughton. Carol became the Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation (the Foundation) in October 2001. The Foundation, founded in 1995, has developed a bold and innovative model of community development that is breaking the cycle of poverty in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta. As chief executive officer of the Foundation, she is responsible for the strategic direction of the Foundation. She also advises other foundations, nonprofit organizations and developers on strategies that will help them implement the East Lake model in their own communities.

Naughton is a 1986 graduate of the Emory University School of Law and was Executive Editor of the Emory Law Journal and graduated with honors from Colgate University in 1982. She is married to Tim Naughton, and has two children. For her complete biography, click here.

Awards were presented to recognize three individuals and three organizations for their outstanding achievement in promoting diversity in the Upstate. 


Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding IndividualLeon Wiles, USC Upstate (award sponsored by Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitating)

Outstanding High School StudentRichard Berman, Greenville High School (award sponsored by Bi-Lo)

Outstanding College Student: Darris MeansClemson University (award sponsored by Michelin North America)

Outstanding Non-Profit Organization: YWCA of Greenville (award sponsored by the BMW Manufacturing Co.)

Outstanding BusinessBon Secours St. Francis Health System (award sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate)

Outstanding Contribution to International DiversityCristina Schleifer (award sponsored by Wachovia Bank)

Press Coverage 

 The Greenville NewsAnderson Independent Mail; the Spartanburg Herald GoUpstate; The Greenville Magazine; and The Greenville News article about Richard Berman.