The journey of Michael Allen: From running back to architect to entrepreneur

Source: Upstate Business Journal, Anna Lee

December 18, 2020

There came a time in Michael Allen’s life when he had to choose between football or architecture. It was 2005; Allen was by then in his late 20s, and his dreams of playing in the NFL were evaporating. A star athlete who grew up in Conway, South Carolina, Allen attended Clemson University on a

Visionary Leadership: Carl Sobocinski

Source: Town Carolina, M. Linda Lee

December 7, 2020

If you’ve lived in Greenville for any length of time, you no doubt recognize Carl Sobocinski—at least by name, if not by face. Maybe you’ve spotted the restaurateur with the twinkling blue eyes shopping with his daughters at the TD Saturday Market, which he helped establish 17 years ago; chatting

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin tapped to co-chair national board

Source: The State, Chris Trainor

December 1, 2020

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has been tapped as the co-chairman of a national leadership board. Benjamin, in his third term as the Capital City’s mayor, will be the co-chair of the Center of U.S. Global Leadership Board, which is the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s education arm. The Columbia

Russell Booker Receives Order of the Palmetto

Source: Spartanburg School District Seven

November 19, 2020

On Thursday, November 19, leaders from across the Spartanburg community and District 7 gathered in-person and virtually to honor former Spartanburg School District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker’s 28-year career in education. Held outside of the new District 7 Fine Arts Center at Spartanburg High

Upstate businesses, individuals honored for diversity and inclusion

Source: SC Biz News

November 18, 2020

The Greenville Chamber and Furman University’s Riley Institute honored six Upstate businesses and individuals for their work in promoting diversity and inclusion during the 16th annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards held virtually Tuesday. Juana Slade, diversity director at AnMed Health and

McLeod Announces Transition in Leadership


November 9, 2020

(Florence, SC November 9, 2020) McLeod Health today announced the promotion of Chief Operating Officer Donna Isgett to President and CEO effective March 1, 2021. Isgett takes on the role held by Rob Colones since 2002. Colones will continue with the 18-county health system as President Emeritus, an

Michael Allen ('14) is Re-Designing a Former KKK Museum

WARNING: SOME OF THE IMAGES USED IN THIS ARTICLE AND THE VIDEO ABOVE MAY BE DISTURBING TO READERS. Michael Allen (Liberty Fellow, Class of 2014) grew up in Conway, a small town in the northeast corner of South Carolina. From an early age, he wanted to be an artist. He ultimately channeled his

Mourning the Loss of Hayne Hipp

Liberty Fellowship mourns the loss of our founder Hayne Hipp, who passed away yesterday. Our hearts go out to his family as they grieve. Hayne is truly a legend in our state. After an extraordinary business career and service in the community, he channeled his energy into creating Liberty Fellowship