“South Carolina must have highly effective leadership to navigate the increasing interdependence of businesses, technologies, communities and nations, and we must have collaboration to foster sustainable growth. These 19 individuals bring unique perspectives, skills and leadership to our state. We are thrilled to welcome them officially as Liberty Fellows to our networks here in South Carolina and across the world,” said Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO, Liberty Fellowship.
“The foundational Liberty Fellowship experience challenged me both intellectually and personally in very positive ways. I can’t speak highly enough about the other Fellows in my class. Each and every person brought a unique perspective to the conversations and the experience,” said Laura Ullrich, senior regional economist, South Carolina and North Carolina, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. “Becoming a Liberty Fellow has truly been one of the highlights of my professional career thus far, and I look forward to being an active participant in the South Carolina and global networks.”
“Liberty Fellowship granted me two profound gifts. First, I gained a wonderful network of friends and colleagues from around the globe. Many have radically different worldviews, but all are people of goodwill. Second, I achieved a deeper understanding of the thorniest issues facing society today using the wisdom of great texts, both ancient and contemporary,” said E. Smyth McKissick, IV, president and CEO, Alice Company.
“During my first two years as a Liberty Fellow, I embarked on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery, soaking in invaluable lessons in leadership and forging lasting connections with some of South Carolina’s most remarkable leaders. This transformative experience has not only enriched my understanding of leadership but has also empowered me to contribute meaningfully to our state’s future,“ said Rochelle Williams, vice president of strategy and programs, Mary Black Foundation.
“Being part of Liberty Fellowship has vastly expanded my leadership horizons by providing me with unique opportunities, learning from rich and diverse viewpoints and sharing a common vision to make South Carolina successful both now and in the future,” said Seema Shrivastava-Patel, Chair of the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control. “Generations are counting on Fellows to work together and with other state leaders to solve problems at the state, nation and global level. We must see and respect others and find solutions that work for everyone. It is up to us to lead the way toward a prosperous and healthier future for every South Carolinian.”
“To address our state’s greatest challenges, we need a diverse group of thoughtful and innovative leaders from across the state working together to implement solutions. For almost twenty years, Liberty Fellowship has been an effective vehicle for moving South Carolina forward, and I am truly honored to join this wonderful group of leaders who are equally committed to making our state better,” said Tommy Preston, global vice president, ethics, The Boeing Company.