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Sharpening The Blade

To truly know the issues is not enough, you must also understand how the issues affect individuals, families, and society. To accomplish this, it is imperative to stay in direct contact with the people and constantly access resources to aid in policy decisions. While I don't agree with every position held, I value the professional, unfiltered data and open dialogue that helps me to form principled and effective policy positions.


Liberty Fellowship is an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina. The program started in 2004 and is a collaboration of co-founders Anna Kate and Hayne Hipp, Wofford College, and the Aspen Institute. The goal is to move South Carolina forward through its greatest asset — its leaders. Learn More

AEI Leadership Network is an exclusive leadership development and policy education program for state-based, mid-career professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. This program represents a unique opportunity for leaders around the country to participate in our work and help us to increase opportunity for our fellow citizens. Learn More

Diversity Leaders Initiative emphasizes that successful enterprises – business, government, nonprofit, education, and community – are those whose leaders understand how to leverage the talent and creativity of diverse people to optimize performance and outcomes. Learn More

The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together political leaders to explore, through study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy and the responsibilities of public leadership; to support and inspire political leaders committed to sustaining the vision of a political system based on thoughtful and civil dialogue. Learn More

Leadership SC seeks to identify community leaders to participate in our premier statewide leadership program as our graduates are better-informed, energized, and networked to develop and pursue solutions that positively impact businesses, communities, the state, and the region. Learn More