“The Challenge to Lead,” presented by Wyche, P.A. and Liberty Fellowship, encourages the business community to invest in the next generation of leaders advancing South Carolina
GREENVILLE, SC (October 6, 2022) – Wyche has announced a partnership with Liberty Fellowship as the capstone of Wyche’s year-long celebration of its centennial. “The Challenge to Lead” calls on the business community to help build the next generation of leaders in South Carolina by investing in the Fellowship’s rigorous leadership program. Wyche is making the philanthropic investment in Liberty Fellowship as part of Wyche’s celebration of 100 years of the practice of law in South Carolina. This and other contributions by Wyche over the past year are part of the firm’s Centennial Legacy Project, designed to reflect and renew Wyche’s commitment to its core principles of service to the community: Advancing the Business Community, Societal Impact, Community Transformation, and Environmental Stewardship.
“Liberty Fellowship is very aligned with the ideals that have shaped Wyche’s 100 years of practice, and that continue to be central to our unique approach to serving our clients and our community. Wyche is honored to have the chance to join forces with the Fellowship to support future leaders in our state,” said Tally Parham Casey, CEO & Chair of Wyche.
Liberty Fellowship provides the only state-based leadership development program of its kind in the country. Fellows are selected based on an extensive nomination and interview process, designed to assess candidates that will offer unique and diverse perspectives to address the most critical issues facing South Carolinians. Participants are chosen based on both merit and a demonstrated commitment to community.
“Wyche is known for its strong tradition of service. The firm has a reputation for challenging its attorneys to tackle complex problems and to become leaders who fully engage in the community. We are honored to be a part of Wyche’s Centennial Legacy Project as we launch this exciting initiative to invest in future generations of leadership,” said Ann Marie Stieritz, President & CEO of Liberty Fellowship.
Each Liberty Fellow is required to complete an 18-month seminar experience in the U.S. and abroad to explore and understand a wide range of perspectives and develop their personal and professional leadership. Through the Fellowship’s affiliation with The Aspen Institute, all Liberty Fellows become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
As part of Liberty Fellowship’s focus on equal access to opportunities, the individuals selected for the program are not required to pay for their seminar experience. Wyche is investing $55,000 – the equivalent of one new Liberty Fellow’s initial 18-month seminar experience – and encouraging other businesses to match or exceed that investment through “The Challenge to Lead.”
“Both Wyche and Liberty Fellowship have had a profound impact on my leadership journey. Without these two organizations, my story might not be possible. I am delighted ‘The Challenge to Lead’ will ensure future leaders have the same opportunity to discover diverse perspectives that challenge them to make an impact on South Carolina,” said Meliah Bowers Jefferson, Member of Wyche, P.A.
About Liberty Fellowship
Liberty Fellowship is the only state-based Fellowship program of its kind in the United States, and there are more than 300 Liberty Fellows working collectively across South Carolina. The Fellowship activates individual leaders through a deeper understanding of a just, free and equitable society; serves as a convener for bringing together diverse perspectives to advance civil discourse; and provides infrastructure for taking action. Liberty Fellowship is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, non-dogmatic organization which operates independently of the positions and views of its funders. Learn more at libertyfellowshipsc.org.