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Furman recognizes Women’s Leadership Institute graduates

Thirty-six members of the Class of 2018 graduate in Women's Leadership Institute, a program of Furman's Center for Corporate and Professional Development.

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) of Furman University recently recognized the following Class of 2018 graduates:

Eva Anagnostis, Assistant Director, Greenville County Workforce Development

Kimberly Appleby, Contracts & Pricing Negotiation Manager, Lockheed Martin

Julianne Bower, VP of Financial Planning & Analysis, Southern Management Corporation

The goal of WLI is to enhance vital leadership skills and foster a collaborative, lasting network of relationships.

Jamie Breme, Director, Project Communications, Fluor

Helen Byce, Architect, LS3P

Dawn Byrd, Direct Materials Supervisor, Injection Molding Commodity, Draexlmaier

Laura Cross, HR Staffing Manager, Bob Jones University

Susan Crowell, Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church

Megan Dodgens, Director, Diversity Leadership Strategies, The Riley Institute at Furman

Paulette Dunn, Executive Director, Loaves & Fishes

Lauren Fields, Corporate Communications Manager, Gordian

Latorrie Geer, Director of Development and Operations, Community Works Carolina

Kelli Harvey, FPC Senior Implementation Specialist, PropelHR

Kathryn Hilton, Director, Product & Industry Marketing, Gordian

Traci Hogan, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, Greenville County Schools

Catherine James, Marketing and Creative Director, Greenville Federal Credit Union

Sophia Jang, Regional Director, Northeast Operations, Gordian

Sherry Mack, Director of Business Solution Center, Gregory Pest Solutions

Kate Mendez, Grant Accounting and Compliance Manager, United Way

Sarah Merk, Procurement Project Manager, Draexlmaier

Brianah Morse, Process Engineer, Jacobs

Melissa Patterson, Controller, OnPoint CFO and Controller Services

Alissa Ricci, Media Supervisor, Jackson MG

Tomika Rogers, Director, Customer Success & Support, Gordian

Sandra Saunders, Practice Manager IV, Greenville Health System

Amanda McDougald Scott, Associate, Institute for Child Success

Kerry Sease, MD, Medical Director, Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy, Greenville Health System

Angela Sharkey, MD, Associate Dean USC School of Medicine, – Greenville

Betsy Sikma, VP Talent and Economic Inclusion, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Brooke Smith, VP Business Development, Greenville Business Magazine

Claire Stam, Grants Administrator, Clemson University

Millie Thomasson, Senior Interior Designer, McMillan Pazdan Smith

Robin Tidwell, Attorney/Elbow Career Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Brittany VanderBeek, Customer Innovation Lab Initiative Leader, Michelin

Allison Wiles, Vice President and Controller Southern Management Corporation

Angel Williams, Vice President of Advancement Public Education Partners

WLI provides an engaging educational forum for executives and senior managers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in corporations, law, governmental agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. By working with one another, the goal of WLI is to enhance vital leadership skills and form a collaborative, lasting network of relationships.

Said Sam Tisdale, director of corporate and professional development, “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 session include a comprehensive view of concepts and strategies that have immediate and practical application in real-world work environments.”

WLI explores 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.

WLI extends the invitation to participate in an immersive experience with a nationally recognized liberal arts university, esteemed faculty, and accomplished business leaders. The 2019 Institute will be held January through May on the Furman University campus. Applications will be accepted online beginning September 1, 2018.

For more information about Women’s Leadership Institute at Furman University, contact Sam Tisdale at 864-294-2156 and Or visit the website at

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