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Strategic Thinking Group

We are the Strategic Thinking Group (STG), a group of dedicated business leaders in the Charleston region who are working to identify high-growth minority-owned businesses for the MBA program and develop an African American board pipeline for non-profit organizations. As minority business leaders ourselves, we understand the value of our voices and the positive impacts they can have on our community.

Our Mission

To advance and enhance the economic prosperity of the Charleston area through thought capital to drive strategies for sustainable African American business and talent.

Our Vision

The Strategic Thinking Group is the essential resource to build and develop economic alliances in the African American community.

Our Principles
We understand that this work cannot be owned by any one person or organization
Success means building a broad-based coalitions of individuals, organizations and businesses
We are in this work to create meaningful and measurable results
We understand that this work will be iterative, adaptive and intentional
We begin with an intense desire to listen, learn and understand

Are you interested in non-profit board experience?

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Collaboration with the Charleston Metro Chamber

The Charleston Metro Chamber is making great strides through their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Because of this, we are excited to collaborate with them and ensure minorities not only have a voice, but a seat at the table.

Interested in becoming a Chamber member? Membership provides numerous benefits and keeps business leaders on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends.

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Want to give your minority-owned business more visibility?

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Learn More About Our Leaders

General Hank Taylor, Chair Emeritus
Brigadier General, United States Air Force (Retired)
Herbert Drayton III
Managing Partner, HI Mark Capital
Kenya Dunn
Founder and CEO, The Power-Filled Woman
Dr. Shawn Spann Edwards
Chief Inclusive Excellence Officer, The Citadel Military College
Kerri Forrest
Director of Lowcountry Programs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
Darrin Goss
President and CEO, Coastal Community Foundation
Time Lewis
Chairman, Dorchester Democratic Party
Bernett "Bernie" William Mazyck
President and CEO, SC Association for Community Economic Development
Edward McKelvey
Sr. Vice President Community Development Banking, South State Bank
Dominique Simpson Milton
President and CEO, The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council
Shawn Saulsberry
Sr. Manager, EY Charleston
Kellye Whitaker
Program Manager, NC Growth-Smartup, South Carolina