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HOBY South Carolina



HOBY South Carolina will take place from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27th, 2024 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.





By the time you walk onto Presbyterian College’s campus on May 25th, we want you to feel well acquainted with what HOBY is and our mission to change lives. Check out this short video to learn more about HOBY’s mission to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation:


HOBY desires to show you not only what leadership is all about but also how you, your skills, and your passions can create positive change throughout your communities. Here at HOBY, we want to teach you how to think, not what to think. We want to show each of you that you have the ability to be agents of change and impact your communities. 

Through a three-day, immersive leadership experience, HOBY will push you to discover new ways of thinking about leadership and community service. You will meet fellow peers and build life-long friendships with individuals as dedicated and passionate as they come! 


The 2024 HOBY South Carolina Leadership Seminar theme is Seas the Day

Our students will embark on a journey into a world in dire need of their care and attention, equipped with the tools to cultivate waves of change right in their own communities. Just as sailors navigate the ocean, this year’s Ambassadors will navigate the seas of leadership, starting with EMPATHY, CRITICAL THINKING, AND INITIATIVE. As they set sail, they will discover the power of TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION, AND RESPONSIBILITY, learning how to navigate the seas alongside other leaders from across the state. Finally, as our Ambassadors witness the changing tides, HOBY SC will challenge them to recognize and understand the ripple effects of their growth, fostering an INCLUSIVE  mindset to bring their new treasures of knowledge back to their home shores. Attached is the official Theme sheet with more information. 


This will be HOBY SC’s second year being hosted at Presbyterian College, and we are thrilled to be on their campus for the 2024 Leadership Seminar!

Presbyterian College was founded in 1888 and has a current undergraduate enrollment of about 1,000 students. They have a diverse selection of over 100 major programs that span academic disciplines and boast 15 Division 1 sports programs. Presbyterian College is also dedicated to the community of Clinton. Over 75% of students actively volunteer in various ways.

To learn more information about Presbyterian College or contact admissions, feel free to visit their website at this link.




Below, you can familiarize yourselves with our amazing Keynote Speakers for the 2024 Leadership Seminar:

Alex Swire-Clark

Alex Swire-Clark is an emotional intelligence expert, author, and award-winning speaker.

Since 1997, Alex has been providing dynamic tools for improving communication to audiences around the country. He works with organizations that want to increase their emotional intelligence so that they can reduce conflict and transform the way they communicate.  He has facilitated nearly 6000 personality assessments in the last four years.  

He is a member of the National Speakers Association and has worked with organizations such as Make-A-Wish, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership.


Dr. LaQuoia Johnson

After 20 years of checking all the boxes and climbing the career ladder from pharmacy technician to clinical pharmacy leader, Dr. LaQuoia came to the painful conclusion that she could not outdegree racism. Choosing peace over a paycheck, and joy over misery, she exited a toxic work environment that no longer served her purpose on September 11th, 2020. 

Today, she is living her best life while leveraging her gifts and talents as a leadership consultant, pharmacy educator and coach for growth-minded leaders both personally and professionally.

Dr. LaQuoia turned her pain into purpose when she developed the GRACE Culture® framework, a transformational approach to leading yourself and others from the lens of grace. On a mission to help leaders be better and create healthier workplace cultures, she accomplishes this mission through educational programing delivered through virtual and in-person workshops, keynote speaking to audiences as young as 10 years old, and group coaching. Whether she is speaking for a youth group, conference, church, or corporate event, Dr. LaQuoia enjoys fostering an atmosphere for courageous conversations, so that everyone can be seen, heard, and given the opportunity to grow and thrive together.

Lefford Fate

Lefford Fate has mentored and served thousands of military members and their families for nearly 31 years in the United States Air Force. He is now the director of support services for the City of Sumter. 

He believes 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, to experience a full and rewarding life. For over 30 years, Lefford’s purpose was to defend our nation, and now that purpose is helping people discover their life’s purpose and grow to their full potential. 




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