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Leading Women Dinner

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2024
701 Whaley, Columbia, SC  29201
V.I.P. Reception – 6:00 p.m.
Seated Dinner & Awards – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us as we recognize and celebrate all the brave South Carolina women who have stepped forward to seek elective (win or lose) and appointive office. The Leading Women Dinner honors women who have blazed trails in civic leadership so that others may follow and builds a support network to encourage women to vie for civic leadership roles.

The event includes a V.I.P. reception, open beer and wine bar, seated dinner, and awards for women in local and statewide elective and appointive office that have devoted themselves to community service, demonstrated a commitment to working across party lines, and whose civic work has improved the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

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Leading Woman Award
Former Justice Kaye Hearn

The Leading Woman award is bestowed annually at the Leading Women Dinner to recognize a woman who has devoted themself to community service, exemplifies the principles of cooperation and collaboration, and has recently achieved a significant accomplishment or milestone that has a statewide or national civic impact.

Justice Kaye Hearn was elected to the Supreme Court of S.C. in May of 2009, becoming only the second woman member in the court’s history. At the time of her mandatory retirement (due to age) from the High Court in April 2023, she was the longest-serving member of the South Carolina State Court Judiciary. The resulting judicial election left S.C. with the only all-male Supreme Court in the nation.

With another judicial election imminent upon the mandatory retirement of Justice Donald Beatty on July 31, 2024, Justice Hearn advocated that to administer justice fairly and impartially, the Court should be representative of the people whom the Court serves. Her influence with the Judicial Merit Selection Committee, which recommends judicial candidates, and the S.C. General Assembly, which elects judges in S.C., was instrumental in the consideration of qualified female candidates and securing the unanimous election on June 5, 2024 of the third female member in the history of the Supreme Court of S.C.

View Justice Hearn’s full bio


September 24
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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701 Whaley
701 Whaley St
Columbia, SC 29201
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