1818 Blanding St a101
Columbia, SC 29201
South Carolina’s growing diversity provides local leaders with an opportunity to strengthen their communities through courageous conversations, authentic engagement and social change. This interactive workshop is designed for nonprofit leaders and board members who are ready to build more inclusive, welcoming organizations for those they serve and work with. Utilizing a values-based transformational leadership lens, you will leave with a concrete vision and action steps to strengthen your leadership legacy.
At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
• Understand and apply core values of diversity, equity and inclusion to your work
• Recognize the inherent worth and dignity of diverse populations and communities
• Identify your signature strengths that can be used when leading organizational change
Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, M.S.W. brings more than twenty years of experience in the nonprofit, social service, health, educational and philanthropic sector. As Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, she designs and manages the Foundation’s organizational strategy and mission effectiveness, ensuring community engagement and impact. She leads the Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion work statewide. She directs two statewide Foundation Initiatives, the Kinship Care Initiative and the Immigrant Families Initiative. She develops and implements an advocacy agenda while convening key stakeholders to address needed changes in systems that impact families experiencing poverty statewide. She works to build important alliances and relationships on critical issues affecting children and families to raise awareness and foster action while identifying promising areas for strategic expansion of Initiatives statewide. Previously President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, she joined the Foundation in 2009 after serving as a former grantee and Foundation consultant. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and the Southeastern Council of Foundations and is active on committees focused on governance, leadership development, programming and policy.
Her passion at the Foundation to help South Carolina families live out of poverty resonates personally. Orphaned at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in India and later adopted as a toddler to the United States, Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter is a first generation immigrant who became a naturalized citizen at age ten. Facing single motherhood in young adulthood, she received government assistance while bravely pushing forward to complete her undergraduate education despite those who advised her to quit. She now also holds a Masters from the University of Minnesota as a Child Welfare Scholar (1999) and a Doctorate from the University of South Carolina as a Council on Social Work Minority Clinical Fellow (2012). She is also a Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow (2010-2011) and Alumni. She graduated from the Certified Personal and Executive Coaching Program through the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute approved by the International Coach Federation (2013). She is also a graduate of the Spring Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute at Furman University and is a Riley Fellow (2015).