2015 Future Leaders Dialogue Dinner
On February 3rd 2015, the Atlantic Institute of SC hosted student and professor leaders at the state's capital from the following colleges: USC Upstate, Wofford, NGU, Converse, Anderson, Clemson, Greenville Tec, Furman, USC, Benedict, Morris, The Citadel, and Allen University
We toured the State House, met with Senator Alexander and Secretary of State Mark Hammond and then attended a dinner at the Capital City Club moderated by Dr Gene Luna. The theme was on Leadership with a panel discussion with Senator Katrina Shealy, Senator Vincent Sheheen, and two students Laura Kate Gamble, a recent graduate from Wofford and Grant Fleming with USC
The day started out at the State House where they learned of the history and significance of the capital being in Columbia, toured the Senate floor and the House of Representatives floor and were able to ask Senator Alexander and Secretary of State Mark Hammond their questions and present them with small tokens of appreciation from all of their schools.
After a short "free time" trip to the State Museum everyone proceeded to the Capital City Club for the Leadership Bridge dinner. Other influential leaders from the Capital met with them there and all had dinner together. Following the dinner we enjoyed listening to the panel of Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders answer the following questions provided by Dr Luna: What capabilities should one cultivate to prepare for a possible future leadership role? What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Which leaders influenced you in your life? and how? What is meant by the statement "leadership is everyone's business"?
Most memorable were the conversations from the panelists such as: Grant sharing about his breakthrough in leadership at the Military camp he volunteered for, Senator Katrina Shealy about her stories of her childhood and that she leads because she was elected to lead not elected to think about leading with the purpose of being re-elected...Senator Sheheen's stories about his Lebanese immigrant grandparents working so hard when they came to this country and Laura Kate Gambles experiences when traveling through Tanzania, Haiti, etc.
The students that attended are leaders at each of their Colleges and our hope is that they bring back something that they learned from the day and are able to share it with others as well as incorporate some of their gained knowledge in their everyday life.