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Kirsten Small Selected for 24th Class of Diversity Leaders

Small Will Participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative

August 31, 2017

This week, Furman’s Richard W. Riley Institute announced that Nexsen Pruet member Kirsten Small has been selected for this year’s Diversity Leadership Initiative (DLI) Class XXIV. 

Kirsten Small will take part in the program in the Upstate, and upon completion will become one of more than 1700 Riley Fellows across South Carolina. She joins the ranks of Nexsen Pruet attorneys who have previously participated in DLI and become Riley Fellows, including Kenny Gardner, Tushar Chikhliker, Todd Davidson, Matthew Roberts, former Chairman John Sowards and current Chairman Leighton Lord.  


Over the course of five months, participants will learn about diversity and inclusion “blind spots” and how to suspend assumptions. Participants will also work in small, cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through service projects. The classes are facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president.  

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

“In a time of considerable division both nationally and locally, it is increasingly important to work together to find ways to foster a thriving economy and break down barriers that hinder progress,” said Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. 



Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C.  Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.