Liberty Fellowship, a dynamic and diverse network of 350 leaders across South Carolina, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with special activities and initiatives over the next 12 months that will culminate in a celebration event April 24 – 27, 2025 in Greenville. To kick off the year, Liberty Fellowship has released a commemorative video and logomark in addition to an interactive timeline of the organization’s history.

Our History

Liberty Fellowship Over Time

“As a member of the first class of Fellows, I have witnessed the incredible growth of Liberty Fellowship since its founding. It is exciting that we are taking the next 12 months to recognize how the Fellowship has shaped South Carolina’s leaders and the positive impact it has created for communities across the state,” said Betsy Fleming, chair of the Liberty Fellowship Board of Directors. “Even more important than a celebration, we see this moment as an inflection point and an opportunity to explore how Liberty Fellowship will continue to evolve and have an impact in the state. We are just getting started.”

BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina, Boeing, and SouthState Bank are supporting the yearlong celebration as 20th Anniversary Legacy Partners in recognition of the Fellowship’s impact in South Carolina since its founding.

“We are so grateful to our Legacy Partners for helping to make this milestone year possible,” said Kerri Forrest, vice-chair of the Liberty Fellowship Board of Directors. “Their support is an important recognition of the value of the Fellowship experience and the individual and collective impact Fellows continue to have in communities across the state.”


  • Liberty Fellowship was founded by South Carolina businessman Hayne Hipp and his wife Anna Kate in partnership with Aspen Institute and Wofford College to create a better future for all people in South Carolina.
  • The first class of Fellows was announced in 2004. The Fellowship has grown into a dynamic and diverse network of 350 leaders.
  • Each Liberty Fellow completes a rigorous, 18-month curriculum and an individual impact venture before joining the Liberty Fellowship South Carolina Network.
  • Liberty Fellowship is a lifelong commitment. Through the Fellowship’s affiliation with Aspen Institute, all Liberty Fellows are members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
  • 76% of Liberty Fellows are professionally affiliated with the business sector, 12% with the nonprofit sector, and 12% with the public sector.



Liberty Fellowship is the only state-based Fellowship program of its kind in the United States. The Fellowship activates individual leaders through a deeper understanding of a just, free and equitable society; serves as a convener for bringing together diverse perspectives to advance civil discourse; and provides infrastructure for taking action. Through the Fellowship’s affiliation with Aspen Institute, Liberty Fellows also become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. There are 350 Liberty Fellows working individually and collaboratively across South Carolina.


The AGLN at Aspen Institute is a growing, worldwide community of nearly 4,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from over 60 countries who share a commitment to values-based leadership and to using their creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. Because of their demonstrated accomplishment and abilities, they have been selected to join one of 13 geographic or sector-specific AGLN Fellowships around the world. Fellows convene annually at the AGLN’s flagship event, the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. For more information, visit