A message from our founder
A few years back – quite a few – I was a entrepreneur in the women’s apparel business. Thanks to a Midwestern upbringing (“idle hands are the devil’s workshop”), my team and I combined hard work and a customer-centric business concept to build a great business that 20+ years later people still talk about.
But I was the lone ranger. Media folks would call me for comments on business happenings and then ask me to refer them to other women in similar positions. As much as I wanted to share the honor, there were few other women business leaders – next to none – in SC.
- There were no bank presidents like Kim Wilkerson;
- No successful corporate CEOs like Lou Wood Kennedy;
- No women like JoAnn Turnquist running multi-million dollar community foundations;
- There were no women in the South Carolina Senate.
It’s time we change that.
The absence of peers stuck with me. I became driven to help women gain the confidence and abilities to lead. The result of that memory is SC Women in Leadership (SCWIL), a multi-partisan organization with a mission of moving South Carolina forward – politically, socially, economically, educationally, and environmentally – through information, connection and engagement of women in political and policy leadership. We WIL work to inform fair voting, encourage women to run for office, and reduce polarization.
Our goal: democratize the process. Join us!.
President, SC Women in Leadership