Greater Florence Chamber’s Emerging Leaders graduate
The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce held a graduation ceremony on Sept. 1 for members of the 2021 Emerging Leaders Summer Institute. Nicole Echols, executive director of Harvest Hope Pee Dee, served as guest speaker. The Emerging Leaders Summer Institute is a program designed to generate professional training and development, mentorship, community engagement and recruitment opportunities. “Participants in the program had an opportunity to meet and visit a number of local businesses, nonprofits and leaders from the city and county,” said Les Echols of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. The 2021 Emerging Leaders Summer Institute cohorts are Edelena Smith-Butler, We Are Sharing Hope S.C.; Deona Adams, The Rig Report; Rita Hughes, Spherion; Dennis Bankson, The Blood Connection; Barbara Black, Lydia’s Bowels of Mercy; Shana Sullivan, Pee Dee Coalition; Jamie Hopkins, Francis Marion University; LaTesha Newton, Pee Dee Regional Transit Authority; and Sonyetta Cooper, Cooper’s Coaching and Consulting.