Annual Training | SC Thrive

Annual Training

SC Thrive 10th Annual Training

Annual Training Schedule

Monday, September 28, 2020

9:00 AM - Welcome
9:30 AM - Keynote Speaker - Charles Weathers
10:45 AM - Breakout Session 1
11:45 AM - Panel 1 - State Agencies
12:30 PM - Lunch Break
1:30 PM - Breakout Session 2
2:30 PM - Breakout Session 3
3:30 PM - Panel 2 - Veterans
4:15 PM - Networking Event

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

9:00 AM - Breakout Session 4
10:00 AM - Breakout Session 5
11:00 AM - Closing Keynote - Shenandoah Chefalo
12:00 PM - Closing Session & Awards

Keynote Speakers

Charles C. Weathers

As the founder of The Weathers Group, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational behavior and development, Charles is a nationally recognized speaker, writer and consultant. He is known for his ability to help groups navigate difficult conversations and he captivates audiences with contagious energy, insight and humor.

Weathers is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a Forbes Coaches Council member, an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, a Riley Diversity Fellow (Furman University), a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and a member of the National Speakers Association.

In his mission to positively impact lives, Weathers has made headlines by lending his voice to innovative companies in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. Charles has logged more than 16,000 facilitation hours over the last 15 years developing solutions for clients ranging from grassroots community organizations to billion-dollar business enterprises. His work has touched the lives of leading executives at TD Bank, BASF Corporation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and countless foundations and organizations across the globe.

Charles enjoys volunteering with numerous organizations and is a proud board member of Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands of SC. A trusted advisor and coach, he and his family reside in Columbia, South Carolina. You can follow Charles on social media channels at @CharlesWeathers and learn more by visiting

Shenandoah Chefalo

Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, a Core Essentials Graduate from Coach U, and a member of the Foster Leaders Movement. She is a sought after speaker on topics surrounding youth in foster care and the science and impact of trauma and resilience on various social issues; and a trainer/consultant that helps private, governmental and public organizations implement sustainable trauma-informed strategies that are focused on learning new skills as well as organizational culture changes and shifts. She has been featured as a consultant and trainer nationally and internationally.

After spending nearly 20 years as a Law Office Administrator, Shenandoah became unsettled by the ever-revolving door of people into the criminal justice system and set out to find a way to change it.

A survivor and alumni of the foster care system, Shenandoah Chefalo is also the co-founder of the #4600andCounting, a grass-roots movement to bring awareness and change to the missing youth of foster care. She is also a faculty member and trainer at The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities a new initiative by the Crossnore School and Children’s Home to help organizations translate the science of trauma and adversity.

In addition to her multi-award-winning book, Garbage Bag Suitcase, she also wrote an e-book entitled Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals and is also working on her next manuscript, Hiking for Stillness.

Track & Session Descriptions

Opening Keynote: The ABLE Leader | Monday 9:30 AM
Speaker: Charles C. Weathers

Leadership is the art of getting others to reach for shared aspirations. Developing competent leaders who are self-aware and able to successfully adjust within an ever-changing landscape is critical to the success and survival of any organization. The ABLE Leader TM equips individuals with the skills, knowledge and confidence to have a significant impact in their organizations and communities. Through interactive discussions, participants will stretch the boundaries of their comfort zones to gain personal insight into what truly makes them tick, while also being exposed to the challenges that all leaders must face and overcome. Join us to discover if you're truly ready, willing and "ABLE."

Closing Keynote: Leading from a Trauma Informed Lens | Tuesday 11:00 AM
Speaker: Shenandoah Chefalo

Children and youth who have experienced trauma, broken and insecure attachments, and other assaults to the brain present significant challenges to families and communities.  Speaking from a point of personal experience Shenandoah Chefalo is a professional coach and author who presents to professional and family audiences across the country. In this session, we will examine the science behind trauma and resilience and its effect on self-care, team care and secondary trauma. We will also explore how leadership is impacted and how you can begin a mindset shift and practice better care for staff. 

Building Partnerships with Youth Through Service-Learning and Leadership Development | Monday 10:45 AM
Speaker: Heather Love

Multiplying Good, the parent organization of the well-known Jefferson Awards, offers a service-learning and leadership development program for teens across the state called Students In Action (SIA).  Through SIA young people conduct a community needs assessment and investigate the root causes of the issues they care about.  But they can’t do this alone!  Community-based organizations are critical partners in this work as Multiplying Good seeks to connect SC nonprofits, colleges and universities, faith groups, volunteer managers, and skilled + general volunteers with the youth participants in SIA.  This session will help attendees understand the landscape of service-learning within the middle and high school population statewide and clearly outline the ways that potential partners can add real value to a teen’s leadership development journey.   

Best Practices in the Management of Senior Corps Volunteers | Monday 1:30 PM
Speaker: Beverly Breuer

The presentation content will be based on the challenges the presenter has experienced in recruiting older populations, what she has gleaned from other programs with similar challenges, how to recruit volunteers on a limited budget and how to explore multiple strategies for recruitment. There will also be information relevant to volunteer challenges due to COVID- 19. 

Managing an Impactful and Engaging Volunteer Program | Monday 2:30 PM
Speaker: Jeremy Price

During this session, we will cover topics surrounding managing an impactful and engaging volunteer program. As part of our discovery, we will touch on topics such as recruiting a strong and diverse volunteer force using resources available already in your community. Also, we will explore training opportunities as well as cover different training formats for your volunteers. Lastly, we will dive into how to create sustainability in your volunteer program to ensure the vitality of your program and facilitate volunteer retention. Please join us as we tackle these topics and share information for the benefit of our communities and our programs for our communities!

Change: It Doesn’t Have to Be So Dang Hard | Monday 10:45 AM
Speaker: Holly Hayes

In this session, you’ll learn a framework for change that will transform the way you communicate and work with your teamIF you use it. What challenges are you still facing (even though you have been the ED for over ten years)? Come learn how Chip and Dan Heath’s three-part framework in the book Switch can accelerate your mission. Personal, organizational and community stories will be shared to inspire you on this rewarding journey. 

Fundr: Eight Great Tips for Building Better Relationships with Funders | Monday 1:30 PM
Speaker: Kristen Bitzegaio

"Wouldn’t it be great if you could just “swipe right” to find a funding partner that’s a great fit for your organization?"   

Fundr: Eight Great Tips for Building Better Relationships with Funders focuses on how nonprofits can build lasting, quality relationships with funders. Based on original survey research of community foundations, private foundations and United Ways in South Carolina, Kristen Bitzegaio of Waccamaw Community Foundation parallels your organization’s relationship with a funder with the stages of a successful romantic relationship. This lighthearted approach to a serious topic will be fun and informative.

Better Together: Creating a True Culture of Collaboration | Monday 2:30 PM
Speaker: Charles C. Weathers

During this breakout session, we will share the lessons we have learned over the last 17 years helping teams, organizations, coalitions and communities overcome barriers and challenges to working together toward a greater common good.  Regardless of your mission, budget, programs or geographic reach, all organizations have one thing in common - At some point, the success of their work is influenced by their willingness and ability to work with others to get the job done.  No one entity can do it alone.  We are truly Better Together.  Let us show you the questions to ask and principles to follow to create a true culture of collaboration.  

Thinking About Long-Term Care Before You Need It | Tuesday 9:00 AM
Speaker: Beth DeHart

Getting older is hard. Helping family members who are getting older is equally hard. But there is help for those who meet eligibility requirements to pay for in-home care or care in a facility. This session will review the primary eligibility requirements for the Healthy Connections Medicaid Long-Term Care benefit, and how families can find help to apply. 

SC Free Clinics | Tuesday 10:00 AM
Speaker: Virginia Ann Mullikin

This session will provide an overview of free medical and dental clinics in South Carolina and explore opportunities for collaboration between organizations to meet the needs of our constituents.   

The A, B, C and D's of Medicare | Monday 10:45 AM
Speaker: Kim Reyes

This session will provide a general overview of Medicare and how Medicare coordinates with additional programs such as Medicaid, Low Income Subsidy (LIS) and Long-Term Care.  

Respite in SC | Monday 1:30 PM
Speaker: Rachal Hatton

This session provides a brief overview of respite services and needs for family caregivers and how circles of support and professionals can assist in promoting respite. 

Caring for Your Neck and Back | Monday 2:30 PM
Speaker: Randy Kloss

This session outlines what you need to know about your neck and back, and how they relate to your overall health. Additional details regarding caring for your spine and body are included.

WIC - Maximizing Technology | Tuesday 9:00 AM
Speaker: Beverly Brockington

This session will address how the South Carolina WIC Program is maximizing technology to improve the delivery of services to WIC participants.  You will also learn how the program is serving WIC participants during COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Impact on Opioid Use and Services in SC | Tuesday 10:00 AM
Speaker: Roberta Braneck

During these uncertain times, those who misuse or abuse alcohol and/or other drugs are particularly vulnerable. The stress from social isolation and other COVID-19 related life changes can lead to or worsen substance use and misuse. This presentation will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on opioid use and services in South Carolina. 

The Third Space | Monday 10:45 AM
Speakers: Jeff Philpott & Malcolm Walls

Many tools are needed to move from good to great, personally, professionally and spiritually. One of those tools is creating a Third Space to increase ethnic and cultural sensitivity and cultural intelligence for effective work in diverse settings and communities. You are invited to embark on a journey of cross-cultural understanding where particular attention will be given to creating an environment to discuss how cultures, values, and diversity can help an organization achieve its mission while also promoting unity and personal growth.

HIPAA, Confidentiality, and COVID, Oh My! Protecting Patient and Business Info in 2020 | Monday 1:30 PM
Speaker: Kelly Jolley

A review of legal requirements regarding the confidentiality of protected patient and business info with updates based on legal changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the session, attendees will be able to identify areas of risk for their business along with strategies to mitigate those risks.   

Level the Playing Field: Community-based Organizations and Health Systems Can Be True Partners to Address Social Determinants of Health | Monday 2:30 PM
Speakers: Pamela Gillam & Sadena Thevarajah

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to describe the goals of community-based organizations and health systems in partnerships that address social determinants of health, understand key terms and concepts to build a common glossary between community-based organizations and health systems, identify ways to leverage opportunities to level the playing field between both groups, and recognize current statewide efforts to address SDOH in which community-based organizations and health systems can get involved.

Supporting Infant Mental Health in SC | Tuesday 9:00 AM
Speaker: Kerrie L. Schnake

In this session, participants will learn about infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH), why it is important to all child-and family-serving workforce sectors, and how IECMH work relates to issues of race and equity. Opportunities to build IECMH professional competencies will be discussed. 

The Unconscious Bias of Unconscious Bias | Tuesday 10:00 AM
Speaker: Juana S. Slade

This is a candid conversation about the unintended consequences of unconscious bias. Unaware of the origin and impact of the psycho-social construct of unconscious bias, we may unintentionally offend others. Participants will be introduced to a simple tool to help identify and appropriately respond in unfamiliar or counterintuitive situations.

State Agency Panel | Monday 11:45 AM
Debbie Blalock, Connie Munn, Nena Staley, Dustin Welch

During this session, you can learn more about the programs and services offered by some of our state agencies that serve the families of South Carolina. Representatives from the South Carolina Departments of Aging, Health and Human Services, Mental Health, and Social Services will discuss program updates that affect the clients we serve. 

Veterans Panel | Monday 3:30 PM
Dr. Ann Gowdy, Will Grimsley, Lance Newman

This panel will discuss services available for military members, veterans and their families. Learn more about the intricacies of the Veterans network from individuals representing a variety of Veteran-serving organizations across the state. 

Annual Training Sponsors


  • Drop Delivers
  • SC Service Commission


  • CoHort


  • South Carolina Hospital Association
  • Jolley Law Group
  • Select Health


  • Absolute Total Care
  • SC Lifeline
  • Performance HCM
  • Iron Sharpens Iron
  • Molina Healthcare


  • Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation