The Pathways to Leadership Fund was created to honor the inclusive thinking and enthusiasm of Dr. Suzan D. Boyd. Dr. Boyd is an inclusive thinker who created her own roadmap and relentlessly drove organizations to succeed. She is truly a model of the impact one woman can have while following her own unique course. Learn more about Dr. Boyd.

The fund helps to underwrite seminars, conferences, and workshops that help South Carolina women harness Dr. Boyd’s enthusiasm for moving South Carolina forward and build confidence and skills to break barriers they face when seeking leadership positions. 

The fund is supported by generous gifts from individuals and organizations starting at the $2,500 level. Your financial commitment enables women across our State to increase their knowledge of leadership and their willingness to serve.

Examples of training and leadership events funded by the Suzan D. Boyd Pathways Fund include:

SpringBoard Women’s Leadership Conference
In partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the third annual SpringBoard conference on board service is growing in 2022 to help women gain the confidence and knowledge to “spring into leadership roles” on not just public appointed boards and commissions, but also in the non-profit and corporate sectors. Scheduled for May 2022, the meeting will be offered both virtually and in-person and will include inspiring speakers, sessions, panels, and breakouts to help women identify opportunities to serve in leadership roles that best suit their experience and interests and form a network of other women on similar leadership journeys to support each other in overcoming institutional, socio-economic, and cultural barriers to leadership.

2022 Spring Training: Ready to Run
In collaboration with the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP), Ready to Run is a non-partisan campaign training program committed to helping women who have “stepped up to the plate” get elected to public office. CAWP’s model curriculum uses national political operatives to facilitate virtual sessions on:

  • Fundraising
  • Positioning oneself for elected office
  • Navigating the political party structure
  • Media training
  • The nuts and bolts of organizing a campaign
  • Mobilizing voters
  • Crafting a message.

In 2022, in addition to the virtual sessions, SC WIL will offer a select number of in-person panels and breakout sessions across the state in conjunction with the virtual sessions for women candidates to connect with each other, South Carolina political operatives, and women already in elected office.

Community Leadership Program
In partnership with All in Together, this ongoing series helps women find their civic leadership style and access political power from the ground up in their communities. Topics include:

  • Creating Positive Change in Your Community,
  • Identifying Your Community Leadership Style,
  • Volunteer Management and Communications Strategies for Social Impact,
  • Community Organizing for Racial Justice,
  • Contacting Your Elected Representative,
  • Making a Plan to Vote,
  • Mobilizing Your Community to Vote.

For a complete listing of event dates and registration visit our events page.

Join the Pathways Fund today!

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