Leading the Way

Colonial Life grant provides leadership development

Five Lower Richland High School students developed their leadership and collaboration skills and learned healthy habits thanks to Colonial Life’s partnership with Clemson University Foundation.

Clemson University‘s Women’s Leadership program organized the Lead to Succeed: A camp for girls and created a leadership experience where students learned different tools for success, effective practices for leadership and team building and imagining community change.

“Part of Colonial Life’s overall approach in business and in the community, is to develop strong leaders with diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and Colonial Life is intentional about supporting women’s leadership initiatives,” Marie McGehee, Community Relations Manager, said.

Colonial Life provided a $10,000 grant to support the students who attended the week-long camp on Clemson’s campus last June.

The students gained confidence to create real change on issues affecting them and other girls in their community while making new friends and learning what it takes to succeed in college.

“This camp is rooted in the idea that personal success comes from reaching out to others and changing the world around you for the better,” said Diane Perpich, director, Program in Women’s Leadership. “Our philosophy is that you’re not leading if you’re not reaching out and reaching back to pave the way for the success of others, and with Colonial Life’s help we showed these girls the connection between community change and personal success,” Diane said.

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