Sharing Strategies for Success: Weathers Group President Addresses SC State Business Students

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Charles C. WeathersWeathers, Sr., president and CEO of The Weathers Group, an innovative consultancy group that specializes in developing strategies to increase organizational performance and create long-term, sustainable change, based in Columbia, S.C., will address business students on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. Weathers’ topic will be: "Governance & Boards of Directors: A Model for For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations."

Through research, technical assistance and customized instruction, The Weathers Group helps organizations and individuals achieve their strategic goals. The group’s considerable expertise in the areas of strategic planning, executive coaching, community assessments and board development has resulted in significant client benefits. These include increasing engagement and accountability, diversifying revenue streams, improving board performance, strengthening partnerships and streamlining processes to enhance productivity.

Based on proven principles and methodologies, The Weathers Group has collaborated with hundreds of agencies during the past decade to develop leaders, organizations, resources and communities. Recently, The Weathers Group was selected by the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation to lead post-Katrina capacity-building efforts in the Gulf Coast, including areas in and surrounding the cities of New Orleans, Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, La. With more than 20 years of community engagement and related experience, The Weathers Group will work with collaborating foundations to improve the performance, accountability, and outcomes of nonprofits in the region. The project will initially focus on five organizations in Louisiana, and expand to include 11 nonprofits in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

“We selected The Weathers Group for this project because of their success with other grassroots organizations based in the South,” said Gladys Washington, program director for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. “When we began our search, The Weathers Group was referred to us by several organizations that realized tangible results from partnering with them. With their extensive knowledge and expertise, they understand our goals and how to build capacity so that participants can improve their performance and fulfill the missions of their organizations more effectively.”

Weathers is a motivational speaker, instructor, author and coach. He engages, educates and entertains audiences at all levels as a keynote speaker for non-profit, faith-based, government, academic and private sector audiences nationwide. His articles have appeared in more than 20 publications, reaching thousands of readers.

In 2008, Weathers represented South Carolina at the “Issues in Non-Profit Governance” seminar hosted at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. In 2006 and 2008, Weathers was selected as the South Carolina delegate and plenary speaker for the Nonprofit Congress in Washington, D.C.  He also serves as an advisor for numerous foundations, and is a member of the national Independent Sector’s Advisory Group on Nonprofit Effectiveness.

A decorated veteran, Weathers served nine years in the U.S. Air Force, including tours in San Antonio and Wichita Falls, TX; Waterbury, Conn; and Bitburg Air Base, Germany. His background includes two decades of board leadership and service, 15 years as a fundraising professional, and six years in the private sector. In addition, he has more than a decade of experience as a successful business entrepreneur and has served as an advisor for numerous consultants and business professionals.

Weathers currently serves on the faculty of Winthrop University’s Institute of Management in Rock Hill, S.C.; the Sisters of Charity Nonprofit Education Initiative in Columbia, S.C.; and he is a member of the University of South Carolina technology incubator. He is also an instructor and graduate of the Leadership Columbia program sponsored annually by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Weathers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from Southern Illinois University and is a 2010 MBA candidate. In 2008, he graduated from the Carver Policy Governance® Academy SM in Atlanta, Ga., and the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.