Senior Leaders Greenville's goal is to inform and challenge our senior adult population to get involved and become representative voices for the rapidly growing number of seniors in our community.  Graduates of the program will be encouraged to engage at some level in their local community in order to ensure that the senior voice is heard in decision-making and in ground-level action across the region.

Program Overview

The program will run from January to November, with a two-month break in the summer.  (Participants will be encouraged to attend the Straight Talk summer lecture series, sponsored by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman.)  During eight day-long sessions, in a variety of locations around the Greenville County, senior adult participants will meet with community leaders, activists and politicians to gain a broad view and in-depth look at Greenville's history, people and institutions.  Particular attention will be paid to how they affect, and are affected by, the growing senior population. 

Though tours, speakers, group activities, simulations and exercises, approximately 40 seniors each session will be exposed to a broad view of our community and then immersed in the details of subjects that are particularly relevant to the older population.  As participants see the varying opportunities and challenges that the senior population is faced with, they will be encouraged to bring their unique talents, wisdom and skills to advocacy, collaborations, solutions and implementation of ideas that will benefit our senior population.

Guided by the long-term State's Plan on Aging, participants will address a different topic each session.  Current session topics include:

  • Introduction to the Program
  • Where are we talking about? (Greenville overview)
  • Caregiving, End of Life Issues, and Palliative Care
  • Transportation and Senior Services
  • Reeducation
  • Medical Support
  • Food and Fitness for Healthy Seniors
  • Technology Uses
  • What do I do now?

Application Guidelines

To qualify, participants must be a senior adult and submit an application form, due December 16.  Tuition for the program will be $350.  Scholarships will be available.  Approximately 40 seniors will be accepted.


Funding for the program will be provided by tuition payments, key corporate partners, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman.  A Steering Committee made up of OLLI members and other community representatives, with a variety of expertise and experience, will determine the course curriculum and presenters.  The program will be administered by OLLI staff.

Steering Committee

Co-Chairs:  Margaret Clark and Chuck Hawkins


  • Janet Aguilar
  • Robbie Allen
  • Fran DeHart
  • Sarah Fletcher
  • Dianne Greyerbiehl
  • Diana Miel
  • Niles Ray
  • Sherm Rounsville
  • Mary Thomas
  • Susan Thomas
  • May Welborn
  • Barbara Wojack

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