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Amy Flanary-Smith Selected for Diversity Leaders Initiative

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  • February 03, 2020

Columbia, S.C. – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce that special counsel Amy Flanary-Smith has been selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s 13th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI).

“Discovering ways in which differences can strengthen our organizations is of utmost importance as we seek to grow and support a thriving economy and rich culture,” says Dr. Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.

DLI class members are identified through a rigorous process including nominations from existing Riley Fellows, application, and interview. Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and communities. 

Over the course of five months, Amy Flanary-Smith will take part in a highly interactive curriculum consisting of case studies, scenario analyses and other experiential learning tools that maximize interaction and discussion among classmates and facilitate productive relationships.

Flanary-Smith will also work with other class members in one of five capstone project groups formed to respond to real issues in the community. 

“I am honored to take part in DLI and work with other South Carolina leaders to make an impact in our state,” Flanary-Smith says. “I am especially excited about this program because of its focus on bringing together diverse voices, a focus we share at Parker Poe. By collaborating with people who have differing views and experiences, we can more effectively represent our clients and our communities.”

The DLI classes are expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president.

“DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs,” Johnson says. “In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead diverse workers, clients and constituents.”

DLI graduates become Riley Fellows, members of a powerful, cross-sector, statewide leadership network that includes CEOs of corporations, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, nonprofit heads, chamber of commerce directors, and community leaders. In addition to the Midlands, DLI classes are selected annually in the Upstate and Lowcountry.

“We now have more than 2,200 Riley Fellows statewide,” Gordan says. “Each new class further extends the reach and impact of leaders willing to work together to make South Carolina a better place to live and work for all its residents.”

Parker Poe counsel Sidney Evering is also a Riley Fellow, having gone through DLI in 2012. In addition, he was selected as part of the inaugural membership and steering committee of the Diversity Recruitment Consortium sponsored by the Riley Institute, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

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