Diversity and Inclusion Summit Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter

Posted by: Naomi Lin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Individuals and organizations interested in becoming change agents must focus their efforts on becoming a part of the critical conversations regarding complex social issues. If you are a change agent who would like to effectively lead organizational change to advance inclusion and enhance engagement with diverse internal and external stakeholders, you don’t want to miss the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit workshops session on October 17th, “Leading Bravely – Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”

This workshop will highlight the role philanthropy plays in partnering with communities to create effective community engagement grounded in strong relationships and listening. South Carolina’s growing diversity offers leaders a unique opportunity to strengthen their communities through courageous conversations, authentic engagement and social change. This interactive workshop is designed for leaders who are ready to build more inclusive, welcoming organizations for those they serve and work with. Utilizing a values-based transformational leadership lens, you will leave with action steps to strengthen your leadership legacy while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. The speaker, Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, will help attendees learn strategies to enhance their leadership legacy pertinent to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.

As the Senior Research Director, Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter serves the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina along with mission to help families in South Carolina escape poverty through action, advocacy and leadership since 2009. She was promoted to Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy in 2016. Her duties are not only to plan and manage the Foundation’s organizational mission and strategy, but she also ensures community engagement and influence. Not just leading the Foundation’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives statewide, her role is also to direct two Statewide Initiatives, the Immigrant Families Initiative and the Kinship Care Initiative. She speaks to key stakeholders regarding the necessity of changes in systems that effect families experiencing poverty statewide by creating and executing an advocacy agenda. 

Dr. Cooper-Lewter provides leadership to several philanthropic associations. Persistently contributing her time and work on diversity, inclusion, and family and children welfare, she actively participates in different organizations, such as the national Board of Trustees for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees as Secretary, and Board committees of both organizations which includes focus on governance, leadership development, finance, programming and policy. 

Dr. Cooper-Lewter gained her Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of South Carolina as a Council on Social Work Minority Clinical Fellow. She is Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow (2010-2011) and Alumni, a philanthropic leadership development program which equips leaders with leadership, fellowship, and mentorship. She graduated from the Certified Personal and Executive Coaching Program through the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute approved by the International Coach Federation in 2013 and also graduated from the Spring Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute at Furman University in 2015. She is a current Riley Fellow. Due to her outstanding dissertation, she received the University Of South Carolina College of Social Work Alumna Award in 2017.

The Greenville Chamber is pleased to have Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter as a Facilitator for the 2017 Diversity Summit, LEVERAGING HUMAN DIFFERENCE: A Strategic Priority for Business Success & Community Prosperity. This Summit is scheduled for October 17, 2017 from 9 am to 6 pm at the TD Convention Center. This full day experience will engage business and community leaders across a wide range of private/public sectors and will consists of an opening plenary with keynote speaker, a luncheon with a keynote speaker and approximately 9 different workshops offered in between. The day will end with a LEVERAGE. LAUNCH. LEAD Networking Reception for all guests and speakers.

We have secured a dynamic roster of presenters who are all national and international experts skilled in a wide array of diversity strategies. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from authorities who have years of experience. Viewing diversity and inclusion as a leadership function is vital for professional and personal development.  The summit will address a variety of topics relevant to helping leaders more effectively manage and value human difference to create high performing organizations and thriving communities. A full listing of session descriptions, speaker bios and registration information can be found online here.


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