Charleston, SC - Fifteen of Charleston’s best and brightest young professionals have been given a life-changing gift... a scholarship that covers membership initiation fees of $1500 for the Harbour Club at WestEdge. The Club has become an important center for young professionals who want to make a difference in their community. In fact, membership has exploded and is attracting professionals from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, corporate executives and entrepreneurs who want to enjoy not only the social scene, but also the invaluable business connections and opportunities the Club presents.
Now the Club is welcoming the 2nd Harbour Club Future Leaders Class of 2022. Like the Class of 2021, they are young, dynamic and making a difference in people’s lives every day which is why they were nominated and chosen for the honor.
The generous scholarship money was given by the Club’s Board of Governors. The Club then partnered with current Members as well as important Lowcountry organizations such as the YWCA, College of Charleston and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department to identify people they felt would be an outstanding addition to the Club. Of those nominated, 15 were chosen. All stood out because of their community activism, strong work ethic and enthusiasm for mentoring others. “These young professionals embody the best Charleston has to offer.” says Ashley O’Brien, Director of the Harbour Club’s Mentor Program. “They are an extraordinary investment in the future of our Club.”
Two exceptional members of the Class of 2021 include Dr. Kimberly Butler Willis and Vanessa Gongora, both of whom now serve on the Club's Board of Governors and Executive Committee.
These ladies were already community stars before becoming recipients of the Future Leaders Scholarship. Dr. Butler Willis is the Managing Director and co-founder of GOODSTOCK Consulting, LLC - an equity-centered organizational development firm and is the current Chair of the Young Executives at the Harbour Club. Ms. Gongora is the Territory Director for Norsan Media, a Spanish-language media communications company.
“The Harbour Club’s Future Leader program allowed exposure to people and places that I never knew existed in Charleston,” says Dr. Butler Willis. “The Club is a noteworthy pillar within the professional community. It has been wonderful to be a member and bring others in along the way. Representation matters, so I hope my active leadership at the Harbour Club is a mutually beneficial relationship.”
“I've benefited greatly from the networking, creating wonderful friendships that help me grow and challenge me,” says Ms. Gongora. I've also enjoyed being a part of the Harbour Club’s Mentor Program, where my mentor has been instrumental in my growth.”
When asked what advice she has for the Class of 2022, Dr. Butler Willis had this to say, “I would advise the next group of Future Leaders to fully lean in. Take advantage of the networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities. Make genuine connections. Ask questions and for help as needed. Assume leadership roles whenever presented. Envision this as an investment because you have the potential to grow in ways you may not have imagined - all while adding to the fabric of this Club. “
The Club is already looking for the next scholarship investors and anticipates there being a
Future Leaders Class every year. Please find a list of the Harbour Club Future Leaders Class of 2022 below. To find out more about the Harbour Club at WestEdge visit
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