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Furman recognizes graduates of Women’s Leadership Institute

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The Class of 2020 includes 36 graduates from a diverse array of organizations.

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) of Furman University recently recognized the following Class of 2020 graduates:

  • Nenna Akpaete-Culliver, Michelin North America
  • Rafaela Baranzano, Fitesa
  • Emily Baulig, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands, SC
  • Amie Blankenship, LS3P
  • Lauren Briles, Primrose School of Greenville and Midtown Greenville
  • Caitlin Buckingham, Furman University
  • Katy Davenport, CommunityWorks
  • Tara Eaker, City of Greenville
  • Jade Fountain, United Ministries
  • Chelsea Fulton, The Write Way
  • Anita Garrett, Re-Connect
  • Janice Garrett, Phenix Engineered Textiles
  • Melissa Halliburton, BringFido
  • Merianna Harrelson, Garden of Grace United Church of Christ
  • Lucy Henry, First Sun EAP Alliance Inc
  • Leigh Holcomb, Learn2Learn Cognitive Coaching
  • Sarah Huet de Guerville, Gordian
  • Qena Jennings, Public Education Partners
  • Julia Jeter, Michelin
  • Tamiko Jiles, Fitesa, Inc.
  • Brenda Laasko, NEXT
  • Angelica Lozano-Alonso, Furman University
  • Laura Macpherson, Ideally
  • Jessica McCoy, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
  • Charlotte McDavid, Greenville County Schools
  • Bibianna Michalska, Fluor Enterprises, Inc
  • Alison C. Miller, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Amy Mirabelli, Michelin
  • Halle Price, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
  • Tricia Sellers, Job Impulse
  • Jenna Spencer, AssistPro, LLC
  • Katie Thompson, Table 201 Restaurant Group
  • Shelly Waite, Waite SLTS
  • Catherine Watt, EduForum
  • Andrea White, Greenwood District #50
  • Sheila Zirlin, Fitesa

The WLI aims to enhance leadership skills and form a collaborative, lasting network of relationships among executives and senior managers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in corporations, law, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

“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,” said Sam Tisdale, director of Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development. “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.”

The WLI explores topics such as negotiation and conflict resolution, communication skills, the psychology behind success, leadership styles, best practices for shared success, public speaking, life balance and time management.

Dates for the next WLI will be announced soon. For more information about the Women’s Leadership Institute at Furman University, contact Sam Tisdale at 864-294-2156, and

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