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HOBY South Carolina



HOBY South Carolina will take place on May 26-28th, 2023 at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. We are thrilled to partner with Presbyterian College and enjoy its beautiful campus this spring. You can take a virtual tour of their campus here.



For FAQs and more information about the 2023 Leadership Seminar, click here.

Meet our Keynote Speakers for the 2023 Leadership Seminar:

Nina Sossamon-Pogue | Personal Leadership 

Nina Sossamon-Pogue is a former USA Gymnast, Emmy award-winning Television News Anchor, successful Corporate Leader, and Best-Selling Author, known for adapting to challenges and achieving success. 

Nina researches and speaks on Resilience, sharing a formula for success and inspiring audiences to think of their future in new ways.

Following her own success and failures at the highest levels of Sport, Television and Corporate America, Nina began her research into what makes some people thrive during adversity when others get stuck or fail. She put that learning in her first book ‘THIS is not The End’ and started her podcast ‘THIS Seriously Sucks, The Right Podcast When Life Goes Seriously Wrong’. 

Nina is a graduate of LSU, where she was a gymnast. She and her husband live in Charleston South Carolina and have three ‘adulting’ kids who are recent college graduates. 

Named a Woman of Distinction by the state of South Carolina, Nina sits on several non profit boards and works passionately with the National Alzheimer’s Association.

Lefford Fate | Group Leadership

Professionally I’ve mentored and served thousands of military members and their families during my thirty years in the United States.

Since retiring from the military, I have been the program director for the geriatric outpatient mental health program, deputy Director for Health Services, SC Department of Corrections, and now the Director Support Services, City of Sumter.  

I am a husband, father, and grandfather, so I know it is not always easy to juggle our list of daily responsibilities. This makes it even more important to have a structured practical plan in place to avoid becoming overwhelmed. I hold a Master’s Degree in Human Relations and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology. Modeling the core values of Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all I do.

I believe there is a “”why”” for everyone; that each of us was created with the potential to achieve greatness, to make a difference in the world, to add value to others, and as a result, experience a full and rewarding life. For over 30 years, my purpose was to defend our nation, and now that purpose is helping people discover their life’s purpose and grow to their full potential.

Dr. LaQuioa Johnson | Inclusive Leadership

An accomplished Clinical Pharmacy Leader who checked all the boxes for success, yet forced to exit a toxic and hostile work environment, Dr. LaQuoia shares a traumatic experience of exclusion and why she chose peace over a paycheck in her book How Rxacism Manifests: Inside the Small World of Pharmacy.  She transformed her greatest pain into purpose as an educator, speaker, leadership coach and pharmacy consultant.  Dr. LaQuoia leverages her pharmacy leadership experience teaching future pharmacy technicians at two community colleges in North Carolina. She is a pharmacy consultant for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) foundation and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. LaQuoia is also the founder of Growing Through It, LLC, a coaching and consulting firm specializing in personal and leadership development. Her mission is to show the world what grace looks like and equip today’s leaders with the skills necessary to lead tomorrow’s workforce. Whether she is speaking for a youth group, conference, church, or corporate event, Dr. LaQuoia enjoys fostering an atmosphere for courageous conversations to be had, so that everyone can be seen, heard, and given the opportunity to grow and thrive together. The legacy Dr. LaQuoia will leave the world is a Grace Culture®, a transformational approach for leading yourself and others from the lens of grace.

Sydney Ford | Gratitude

Sydney Ford is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Public Relations, and a graduate of the Emory University School of Law where she obtained her juris doctorate degree. She is currently employed at Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services and is an Adjunct Professor at the Charleston School of Law. She is a TedX speaker, and has given keynote addresses across the Southeast. Sydney has published several legal articles on reform in the juvenile justice system. She has also testified for the South Carolina Joint Committee on Children about getting grief resources for children into South Carolina schools. 

Sydney wrote and published her own children’s book, “”Grief Came to Visit Today,”” and created a nonprofit, “”Hope After Grief Inc.,”” that provides scholarships to high school seniors who have had a parent or sibling die. Sydney lost her dad when she was 10 years and became an advocate for grieving children at age 16 when she began going into elementary schools and talking to classes about the emotions associated with grief. Since that time, she has found ways to support grieving children by working as a board member of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief and meeting with Senators and the South Carolina Superintendent of Education to advocate for grieving youth. 

Meet Our 2023 Leadership Seminar Volunteers:

Corporate Board:

Donna DiIanni, Corporate Board President

Beverly Waters, Corporate Board Vice President


Leadership Seminar:

Lilli Marshall, Co-Leadership Seminar Chair

Maggi Marshall, Co-Leadership Seminar Chair

Erica Wearing, Leadership Seminar Vice Chair



Dan Kamykowski, Director of Facilitators

Drake Turnquist, Director of Operations

Eileen Collins, Director of Junior Facilitators

Ellie Cannon, Director of Communications

Jacob Livingston, Director of Programs

Lindy Feintuch, Director of Fundraising

Mabree Andrus, Director of Social Media

Tyler DiPalma, Director of Recruitment


HOBY Core:

Alex Doyle, Assistant Director of Recruitment

Alyson Thompson, Assistant Director of Recruitment

Caroline Wilson, Assistant Director of Social Media

Emma Swire-Clark, Assistant Director of Programs

Kaitlyn Doyle, Assistant Director of Recruitment

Lillie Catherine Hyman, Assistant Director of Operations

Nadia Marshall, Assistant Director of Programs


Key Volunteers:

Wil Langston, Photographer/Videographer

Lucas Nash, Photographer/Videographer

Clark Wingard

Mary Catherine Shene

Anna Marie West



Alyssa Broeker             Emily Schlosberg

Avery Adams                Julie Livingston

Ben Lutz                        Liz Candler

Caroline Wilson           Ripley Bowker

Catherine Myrick         Tyler DiPalma



Alyson Thompson       Madison Chavis

Anna Marie West        Mary Catherine Shene

Eli Kujawa                    Meridee Ritzer

Emma Holland            Skylar Stewart

India Wilkes                 Susie Perrotte



Anne Caroline Jordan        Jay Riddle

Ashley Garcia                      Lainey Keefauver

Austin Rios                          Laney Barno

Cameron Baker                   Madison McCrorey

Dani Cutler                          Makaila Tucker

David Kelly                          Mary Hannah Willoughby

Eli Morgan                          Oliver Butler

Gianna Barbusca               Whitney Argabrite

Sadie Medlock



For any questions about the seminar please reach out to the Leadership Seminar Chairs Lilli and Maggi Marshall.