Friday, June 27, 2014
Local attorney Chris Nickels recently completed the rigorous and prestigious 10-month program, Leadership South Carolina. The premier leadership program, the state’s oldest, fosters an understanding of South Carolina’s most pressing issues. Each year, just 50 participants are selected to take part in the highly competitive program.
Nickels, a partner with Clawson and Staubes, says he was inspired to attend Leadership South Carolina after serving on a local leadership committee and seeing what a difference a group of focused individuals can make.
During 120 hours of instruction, Leadership South Carolina teaches students to identify assets and areas in South Carolina that need to improve. Nickels and his classmates focused on literacy.
After Nickels graduated from an affiliated program in 2006, Leadership Charleston, he was “ready to take it to the next level.” Since then, he’s served as town councilman for Mount Pleasant and on blue ribbon committees formed by local government leaders to assess public education in East Cooper.
Participating in Leadership South Carolina taught him that a combination of strategies is needed to shrink the achievement gap, as is making sure South Carolinians embrace the benefits of educating youth and actively support improvements financially and programmatically.
Leadership South Carolina also provides increased access to an informed network of diverse colleagues, peers and mentors from across the state.
“I now have many new opportunities to become involved with and bring about positive change in our state,” said Nickels.