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Inspiring Women

The Celebration of Inspiring Women was established in 2011 as part of the annual Women's Leadership Conference to recognize and celebrate extraordinary women who have demonstrated visionary leadership in various disciplines and whose lives and accomplishments have had a substantive and positive impact in South Carolina and beyond. Since the program's inception, 37 women have been recognized, including 2017 honorees Kristin Bohan, Lou Kennedy and Vanessa E. Wyche. To learn more, select from the names below.

The women who inspire us


Vivian Ayers-Allen (2011)
Jennifer Ainsworth (2016)
Paula Harper Bethea (2014)
Mary Ann Bishop (2014)
Kristin Bohan (2017)
Maria Buse (2011)
Sharon Clayton (2012)
Mignon L. Clyburn (2011)
Delores Porcher Dacosta (2016)
Rebecca Wesson Darwin (2013)
Nathalie Dupree (2014)
Jeanne L. Fourrier (2012)
Gloria Gaynor (2015)
Leeza Gibbons (2015)
Darlene Marie Goff (2011)
Nikki Randhawa Haley (2011)
Patricia Harris (2012)
Kaye Hearn (2011)
Mary A. Jackson (2015)
Mamie "Peanut" Johnson (2014)
Lou Kennedy (2017)
Barbara F. Livingston (2015)
Anne L. Matthews (2015)
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (2011)
Darley Newman (2012)
Wendi Nix (2014)
Muriel O'Tuel (2013)
Elizabeth Johnston Patterson (2013)
Sarah Reese (2013)
Anne Worhsam Richardson (2012)
Velma "Von" Richardson (2012)
Frances Scott (2011)
Minor Mickel Shaw (2016)
Inez Moore Tenenbaum (2012)
Jean Hoefer Toal (2013)
Vanessa E. Wyche (2017)
Barbara Hickman Whye (2016)