March 1 – 3, 2013
Hilton Head, South Carolina
OneSouthCarolina 2013 wove together rich content, the warmth of camaraderie, and connected work.
DLI Alumni described the weekend’s content as “a wealth of information”, “exceptional”, and “unbelievably powerful.” Inspector Jerry Adger and SC Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn shared insight into changes in the justice system in South Carolina. And, the audience was abuzz once they heard from Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Bryan shared real stories of hope in the midst of despair and challenged folks to use this network of alumni—despite assured discomfort–to “change the narrative” around justice in South Carolina.
In addition, camaraderie was immediately felt as old and new friends and associates welcomed each other warmly at the opening reception, stood side-by-side at the oyster-shucking table, and danced together to the bluegrass music of Mac Arnold and the Plate Full O’ Blues. The shared enthusiasm for the Southern Foodways experiences and the artists’ craftsmanship enhanced the feeling of community.
Connected work began as groups discussed the ways they could implement change in their own place of work or service and joined break-out sessions that offered a place to “plug-in” to service and work through text4babySC, Putting a Pause on Teen Pregnancy, Battling Childhood Obesity, Choose to Read, and Two South Carolinas. DLI Alumni pledged broad actions such as initiating cross state collaborations, and educating and engaging other DLI alumni on the issues, and also narrow responses such as donating books, promoting text4baby or buying nine-inch round plates for dinners at home.
Throughout the weekend, the theme of our state becoming one South Carolina permeated the conversation, as individuals with varying political and ideological lenses came together and embraced a shared vision of hope in moving our state forward.
11:00 Optional Preconference Golf
1:00–5:00 Optional Preconference Session
Critical Issues 2013: Battling Childhood Obesity in South Carolina
Presented in partnership with the South Carolina Medical Association
5:30–7:00 Reception — Southern Cocktails and South Carolina Farm to Table Appetizers
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Richard (Dick) Riley, former South Carolina Governor and United States Secretary of Education
Video: OneSouthCarolina 2012
DLI in Action: SuperCapstones Update
Jill Fuson, Manager, Policy Events and Conferences, Riley Institute at Furman
DLI in Action: Telling the Story
A conversation with Doug Pardue, Special Projects Reporter, The Post and Courier and
Mark Quinn, Director, Member and Public Relations, Electric Cooperatives
of South Carolina
Don Gordon, Ph.D., Executive Director, Riley Institute at Furman
Using our Diversity Lens
Juan Johnson, President, Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation; DLI facilitator
South Carolina Diversity Recruitment Consortium
Nika White, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Greenville Chamber
About South Carolina Traditions II
Ken May, Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission
9:15–12:15 Prime Indicators: The Intersection of Poverty, Education, Justice and the Economy in South Carolina
Mark Quinn (facilitator)
Crossroads: Poverty, Education, Justice and the Economic Future of South Carolina
Legacies, Disparities and Changing How We Invest in Justice
Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
Creative Break: South Carolina Traditions II (Exhibit and Demonstration)
Susan DuPlessis and Sara June Goldstein, (exhibit curators), South Carolina Arts Commission
Education, Justice and Our Children: Keeping Kids Out of the System and Preventing Crime
Introduction by: Bill Byars, Director, South Carolina Department of Corrections
Jerry Adger, Inspector General, South Carolina Department of Corrections
Culture and Cuisine Collision in the Carolina Kitchen
Nathalie Dupree, Chef, Author and Television Host
The Shared Economic Benefits of Investing in Education, Not Incarceration
Joey Von Nessen, Ph.D., Research Economist, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business
1:45–3:30 Prime Indicators, continued
Making the System Work for a Diverse South Carolina
The Honorable Kaye Hearn, Associate Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court
A conversation with Director Byars and Justice Hearn
5:30–9:30 Oceanfront Reception and Dinner — Hands-on Exploration of Southern Foodways
Music from Mac Arnold and Plate Full o’ Blues
8:30 Breakfast and Breakout Sessions
Battling Childhood Obesity in South Carolina
Renée Romberger, Vice President, Community Health Policy and Strategy, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director, City of Spartanburg
Choose to Read
Susan DeVenny, Executive Director, South Carolina First Steps
Putting a Pause on Teen Pregnancy
Forrest Alton, Chief Executive Officer, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Deb Campeau, Assistant Vice President, Business Development, Trident Health System
Two South Carolinas
10:00 Closing Session: Bringing it all Together
DLI in Action: On the Ground Strategies and Solutions
Jerry Adger, Inspector General, South Carolina Department of Corrections
Russell Booker, Superintendent, Spartanburg School District Seven
Kathleen Brady, Ph.D, Director, Metropolitan Studies Institute, University of South Carolina Upstate
The Honorable Jenny Horne, South Carolina House of Representatives
Terry Richardson, Attorney, Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC
Former S.C. Governor and Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Often referred to as “one of the great statesmen of education in the century,” Riley has worked throughout his lifetime to bring significant, widespread change to education in South Carolina and the United States.
President, Diversity Leadership in Action; DLI Creator and Facilitator
Juan Johnson is president of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation, a firm he launched in 2006 after concluding an extraordinary 21-year career with Coca-Cola Company and is facilitator of the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative.
Director of Public and Member Relations, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
Mark Quinn is director of Public and Member Relations at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and has had a long career as a professional journalist in South Carolina. Quinn worked in television journalism for more than 16 years, 13 of which were spent in Columbia, South Carolina.
Special Projects Reporter, The Post and Courier
Before joining the Charleston newspaper, Doug was investigations editor for USA Today, where his team handled the recount of the Florida presidential election with The Miami Herald and the crash of the space shuttle. The team also produced a multi-part series on what happened inside the South Tower of the World Trade Center between the time the first hijacked jetliner hit the North Tower and the collapse of the South Tower.
In acknowledgement of their role in South Carolina’s past, present and future culture and economy, OneSouthCarolina integrated experiences that showcased the state’s unique arts and foods traditions.
South Carolina Traditions II, curated by the South Carolina Arts Commission, features demonstrations and sales by award-winning traditional artists connected to South Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. Featured artists who will be present at the event include:
Mac Arnold, blues musician, Pelzer. Mac Arnold is a renowned blues musician and recording artist whose love of the blues began at the age of ten when he learned to play his brother’s homemade guitar.
Clay Burnette, basket maker and scarf maker, Columbia. Clay Burnette has been creating pine needle baskets for over 35 years and has exhibited his work in more than 225 shows throughout the United States.
Arianne King Comer, indigo and textile artist, North Charleston. Arianne King Comer resides in North Charleston as an artist, teacher, art consultant and indigo advocate.
Nathalie Dupree, Southern chef and author, Charleston. Nathalie is a best-selling author and James Beard Award winner. She has published 11 cookbooks and hosted more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and The Learning Channel. Nathalie wins her third James Beard book award – read more in The Post & Courier.
Quintin Middleton, bladesmith, Saint Stephen. Quintin Middleton has been crafting custom knives since 2003 and is the founder of Middleton Made Knives based in Saint Stephen, South Carolina, a small town outside of Charleston.
Leo Twiggs, artist, Saint Stephen. Leo Twiggs’ paintings are done in a unique, innovative batik technique that he developed after several years of experimenting with the traditional medium. He has had over 70 one-man shows and his work has received international recognition, with exhibits at the Studio Museum and the American Crafts Museum in New York and in U. S. Embassies in Rome, Dakar and Togoland, among others.
Mike Vatalaro, ceramic artist, Greenville. Mike Vatalaro is a renowned ceramic artist, and professor emeritus and former chair, Clemson University art department. With numerous national and international exhibitions, Mike Valataro’s ceramic art reflects his interest in both Japanese and Chinese ceramic historical periods.
Connecting an extraordinary group of cross-sector DLI graduates from across the state is an important driver for OneSouthCarolina®.
The weekend’s very special social and networking opportunities include a “hands-on” exploration of South Carolina great food and drink traditions, including a luncheon menu from celebrated chef, author, TV host Nathalie Dupree, southern hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from the state’s best chefs, and the Southern Food Cornucopia on the Beach – a feast of offerings featuring Ben Moise’s oyster roast and other South Carolina favorites.
Other activities and amenities included:
Golf: DLI senior fellow and golf devotee Benny Walker invited OneSouthCarolina attendees and guests to come early on Friday and play the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes, which Golfweek magazine readers consider one of the best courses in the southeast. An all-inclusive fee of $80 for this championship course was secured.
Tee times began at 11 am on Friday. For those that arrived on Thursday, a discounted room rate of $129 was secured.
More fun on Hilton Head: Sea kayaking, biking, dolphin and sunset boat tours, tennis, shopping, arts and culture are options for those that came early or stayed late. More information, click here.
Executive Director, The Riley Institute at Furman Don Gordon has been the Executive Director of the Riley Institute at Furman since 1999. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of Furman’s award-winning study away programs in East and Southern Africa.
Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission A panelist, presenter, consultant, and facilitator for local, state, and national arts organizations, Ken May is executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, where he has served in several positions since 1985. He has been a panelist and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts and is a regular guest lecturer in the arts administration program at the College of Charleston.
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative A widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, incarcerated and condemned, Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama.
Director, South Carolina Department of Corrections Bill Byars has an extensive record of leadership around legal issues that touch children, families and communities in South Carolina. He is director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, where he has served since January of 2011 following an eight-year tenure as the director of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
Inspector General, South Carolina Department of Corrections After serving twenty-three years with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Jerry B. Adger came to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in 1999 to direct the newly established Office of the Inspector General. In 2002, Adger became South Carolina’s first nationally certified inspector general (CIG). He received his certification at the American University in Washington, D.C., through the Inspectors General Institute.
Southern Chef and Author, Charleston Nathalie is a best-selling author and James Beard Award winner. She has published 11 cookbooks and hosted more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and The Learning Channel.
Research Economist, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business Dr. Joseph C. Von Nessen is a research economist in the Division of Research at the Darla Moore School of Business where he conducts a wide variety of economic impact analyses, survey research, and other applied work involving regional economic modeling. In addition, he is responsible for the preparation and presentation of the University of South Carolina’s annual statewide economic forecast.
Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in May of 2009, becoming its second woman member in history. Prior to her election to this state’s highest court, Justice Hearn was a member of the South Carolina Court of Appeals for fifteen years, serving as its Chief Judge for ten years. During her tenure as Chief Judge, Justice Hearn served as President of the Council of Chief Judges, a nationwide network of chief judges of the intermediate courts of appeal.
From Rick Davis, Managing Shareholder of Elliott Davis
From Ken May, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission
From Leila Williams, Superintendent of Colleton County School District
Juan Johnson, President of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation, LLC