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Alliance for A Healthier SC Director Monty Robertson Becomes Riley Fellow

February 28, 2022

Media Contact: Schipp Ames


Alliance for A Healthier SC Director Monty Robertson Becomes Riley Fellow

Robertson joins a network of more than 2,400 leaders committed to creating social and economic progress in South Carolina.  

Monty Robertson of the South Carolina Hospital Association joins other distinguished leaders from across South Carolina to participate in the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), an award-winning program of Furman University’s Riley Institute.  

Now in its 19th year, the program equips participants with tools and perspectives to leverage diversity to improve organizational outcomes and drive social and economic progress in South Carolina. Robertson is one of the 39 individuals to be a part of the 14th Midlands cohort.  

“As society continues to face enormous challenges on multiple fronts in 2022, leaders must come together to identify ways to unite communities in the pursuit of improved outcomes for all,” said Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “The participants in this class will gain unique frameworks and tools as they lead South Carolina toward a better tomorrow.” 

DLI class members are selected through a rigorous application and interview process after being nominated by existing graduates of the program, known as Riley Fellows. Participants are accepted based on their capacity to create impact within their organizations and communities. Each class is crafted to reflect the diverse demographics in South Carolina.   

Monty Robertson 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. Working alongside classmates, Robertson will also develop a capstone project that raises awareness of community need.  

DLI classes are facilitated by expert Juan Johnson, an independent consultant who was The Coca-Cola Company’s first-ever vice president for diversity strategy.  

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

Once participants of this class graduate in June and become Riley Fellows, they join a powerful cross-sector network of South Carolinians that includes corporate CEOs, legislators, superintendents, religious and nonprofit heads, and business and community leaders.  

“With more than 2,400 Riley Fellows statewide, each new class amplifies the impact of leaders willing to work together to make South Carolina a better place to live and work for all its residents,” Gordon said. 

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


About the Riley Institute at Furman University 

Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute advances social and economic progress in South Carolina and beyond by building leadership for a diverse society, hosting expert speakers to broaden perspectives on critical issues, supporting public education, and creating knowledge through community solutions-focused research. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change.