The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health’s (IMPH) Associate Executive Director Maya Pack joins other leaders across the state selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s 28th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI).

“Discovering ways in which differences can strengthen our organizations is of utmost importance as we seek to grow and support a thriving economy and rich culture,” said Dr. Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.

DLI class members are identified through a rigorous process including nominations from existing Riley Fellows, application and interview process. Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and communities.

Over the course of five months, Ms. Pack will take part in a highly interactive curriculum consisting of case studies, scenario analyses and other experiential learning tools that maximize interaction and discussion among classmates and facilitate productive relationships.

"I’m thrilled to have been selected to join this prestigious group.  I look forward to the opportunity to bring the various tools and skills developed through the Institute back to IMPH and the organizations we partner with as we continue our work to lead conversations about the important health issues in our state. A focus on health equity and closing health disparities is essential to our state’s future,” Ms. Pack said.

Ms. Pack will also work with other class members in one of five Capstone project groups formed to respond to real issues within a community. The DLI classes are expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president.

“DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs. In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead diverse workers, clients and constituents,” said Johnson.

DLI graduates become Riley Fellows, members of a powerful, cross-sector, statewide leadership network that includes CEOs of corporations, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, nonprofit heads, Chamber of Commerce directors and community leaders. In addition to the Upstate, DLI classes are selected annually in the Midlands and Lowcountry.

“We now have more than 2100 Riley Fellows statewide. Each new class further extends the reach and impact of leaders willing to work together to make South Carolina a better place to live and work for all its residents,” said Gordon.

To see a full list of participants and for more information about the Diversity Leaders Initiative, visit