Greenville, S.C. – Upstate leaders were honored on May 1, 2012 at the Eighth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and hosted by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Chamber, Riley Institute® at Furman and Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. This event, held at the TD Convention Center, recognized organizations and individuals for outstanding achievement in promoting diversity in the Upstate community. With more than 450 people in attendance, award recipients were acknowledged in the following categories: K-12 School, High School Student, College Student, Nonprofit Organization, Business, International, and Individual.
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP was honored with the Outstanding Business Award, presented by Clemson University.
Smith Moore Leatherwood prides itself in its commitment to maintaining and promoting diversity among its employees and clients, as exemplified through its diversity programs and the firm's internal Diversity committee.
The firm's minority scholarship program promotes law school opportunities for outstanding minority students and gives them an opportunity to work at Smith Moore Leatherwood as a summer associate following their first year of law school. Additionally, with more than 23% female employees, Smith Moore Leatherwood established PINK, a formal women's mentoring/networking group which addresses issues of concern to professional women.
Within the Upstate community, the firm's employees are regularly engaged in efforts to promote diversity through community and civic organizations, including Hands on Greenville and the United Way.
Beyond the Upstate, Smith Moore Leatherwood has served as a powerful role model for diversity efforts within its industry. The firm's attorneys have been instrumental in advocate committee groups for women's issues and African American leadership initiatives with the United Way. In April, the firm hosted an American Bar Association event to educate women about personal professional branding.
For more information about the Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards, please contact Cindy Youssef at the Riley Institute® at Furman at 864.294.3253.
Marion Mann (Greenville Chamber)