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Furman recognizes graduates of Women’s Leadership Institute

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) of Furman University recently recognized the following Class of 2016 graduates:

Kaleigh Aldridge, Baldor, Greenville
Laura Bain, Upstate Forever, Greenville
Heidi Bray, Arclabs, Piedmont
Catriona Carlisle, Meals on Wheels Greenville County
Elizabeth Cobb, Southern Management Corporation, Greenville
Ellen Cohen, BMW MC, Greer
Kathy Dickson, SC Department of Employment and Workforce, Spartanburg
Jessica Eldridge, Find Great People International, Greenville
Tia Foster, Gordon Food Service/Sun City Produce, Piedmont
Hesha Gamble, County of Greenville
Ann Glenn, United Way of Greenville County
Nalisha Henry, United Way of Greenville County
Abby Holt, Kennedy Associates, Clearwater, Fla.
Jada Jacobs, Propel HR, Greenville
Kim Jolley, SunTrust Bank, Spartanburg
Catherine Kamieniecki, Spartanburg School District 2, Inman
Kathleen Khaleghi, United Way of Greenville County
Terrie Long, Greenville Health System
Elizabeth Milhous, YMCA of Greenville
Cheryl Morlan, Immedion, LLC, Columbia
Ann O’Dea, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Greenville
Rhonda Rawlings, SummitMedia Greenville
Mary Rippon, Greenville Health System
Cathy Rodriguez, Fluor, Greenville
Jill Rose, Perceptive Recruiting, LLC, Greenville
Beth Scheimann, County of Greenville, Taylors
Shaunda Trotter, Anmed Health, Anderson

WLI provides an educational forum for executives and senior managers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines including corporations, law, governmental agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

Says Dr. Brad Bechtold, Executive Director of Continuing Education at Furman, “Our goal is to work together to enhance vital leadership skills and form a collaborative, lasting network of relationships. An understanding of the complex dynamics involved in achieving true success as a leader requires insight into one’s personal leadership style and keen business acumen.”

The seminars offered during each WLI session include a comprehensive view of concepts and strategies, which promise to have immediate and practical application in real-world work environments.

Described as an “immersive experience taught by esteemed faculty and accomplished business leaders,” WLI seminars explore topics such as negotiation and conflict resolution, communication skills, the psychology behind success, network diversity, leadership styles, best practices for shared success, public speaking, life balance, and time management.

The 2017 Women’s Leadership Institute will be held January through May on the Furman University campus. Applications will be accepted online beginning Sept. 1, 2016.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brad Bechtold, Executive Director of Continuing Education at (864) 294-3136, or visit the website at

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