SC's Nonprofit Summit is brought to you by Together SC | MARCH 7 • 8 • 9, 2023 | COLUMBIA

Building Genuine Partnerships

09 Mar 2023
8:30 am-12:15 pm
Carolina Ballroom

Building Genuine Partnerships

The hot breakfast bar will open at 7:15. Grab a plate, find your colleagues from work and pick a table in Carolina Ballroom. This will allow you to network and get to know those at your table before we start our work together promptly at 8:30

Building Genuine Partnerships, Facilitator: Charles Weathers, CEO, The Weathers Group  

The partnership between the board and its CEO sets the tone for all relationships within a nonprofit, internal and external. Charles will get us started by sharing his thoughts on evolving Board CEO relationships and the importance of the board chairs and CEOs working as a team. 

Board leaders and execs/CEOs will then spend the morning together talking through issues we must to tackle and opportunities we can leverage to build effective partnerships to guide our organizations.    

We’ll also hear from the board and executive leaders themselves and spend lots of time working in small groups and with our colleagues.   

8:35 Setting the Stage – Charles
9:00 Panel I – Starting Out Right – Setting Expectations & Being Accountable
10:00 Round Table Discussions
10:30 Panel II – Staying in the Game – Sustaining a Healthy Partnership –
11:30 Round Table Discussions
12:00 Wrapping Up

Panel I – Starting Out Right – Setting Expectations & Being Accountable
• Food Bank of Greenwood County – Andrea White, CEO, and Teresa Goodman, Board Chair
• Public Education Partners – Catherine Schumacher, CEO, and Julie Smart, Board Chair

Panel II – Staying in the Game – Sustaining a Healthy Partnership
• Charleston Promise – Sherrie Snipes-Williams, CEO, and Debbie Romano, Board Chair
• YWCA-Great Charleston – LaVanda Brown, CEO and Danielle Hardee, former Board Vice Chair


TARGET PARTICIPANTS:  All are welcome to attend, but please note this day is designed for CEOs and board members of established nonprofits with boards and staff already in place and working together. If your organization doesn’t fit this profile but you are interested in board-staff work, please let Together SC staff know. If there is sufficient interest, we will consider offering another option that day, or at another time.




Charles has walked organizations through many everyday ups and downs, keeping them grounded and focused on the core mission and vision.  A nationally known speaker, writer, and consultant, Charles inspires individuals and groups to confront their realities and take charge of transforming their lives from the inside out. A recognized authority on leadership and organizational effectiveness, he has become known for his strategic intellect and engaging intensity. Charles’ ability to educate while entertaining audiences at all levels has earned him the respect of industry leaders in the non-profit, government, and private sectors. As founder of The Weathers Group, a management consulting firm based in Columbia, South Carolina, he strives to develop leaders and strategies that improve an organization’s performance.  A Forbes Coaches Council member, and American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, his background includes two decades of board leadership and service, 15 years as a fundraising professional, and 6 years in the private sector.