The Jefferson Awards Foundation – 2018 Class of ChangeMakers

The Jefferson Awards Foundation Announces the 2018 Class of ChangeMakers

Since 1972 the Jefferson Awards Foundation has recognized a host of national public figures for their outstanding contributions to our country and its communities. Nationally, the Jefferson Award is the country's highest honor for service and volunteerism, and honorees—individuals including such notable figures as Barbara Bush, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill and Melinda Gates—make up a storied group of American heroes whose dedication to service has inspired others to lead.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation’s goal in South Carolina is to cultivate the next generation of our state’s servant leaders. With that goal in mind, the organization has selected their first class of ChangeMakers—10 individuals in the Upstate age 40 and under—who have demonstrated a commitment to service and the potential to truly move the Upstate forward.


The inaugural ChangeMakers class will kick off later this month with a reception and networking event for the 10 honorees and their guests. Throughout the spring these ChangeMakers will work both individually and as a cohort to raise financial support for Students In Action, the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s leadership development program that uses service-learning as the vehicle for arming high schoolers with the life skills they need to be successful in college and the workforce. These 10 ChangeMakers will also participate in volunteer, community, and other networking activities each month with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring even more young leaders to do their part. The program will culminate in May 2018 with a celebration event, recognizing each of the 10 honorees with a Jefferson Award and celebrating all they have accomplished to make a difference in the Upstate.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 class of ChangeMakers:

Ansel Sanders President and CEO, Public Education Partners
Blair Dobson Miller Realtor, Wilson Associates
Blair Knobel Editor in Chief, Town Magazine
Brad Cline Global Leadership Program, Michelin NA
Ebony Austin Events & Special Programs Director, Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Jason Richards COO & Shareholder, NAI Earle Furman
Laura Bauld Turner Upstate Director, United States Senate
Lindsey McMillion Stemann Owner & Principal, McMillion Consulting
Reid Sherard Partner, Nelson Mullins
Yasha Patel Owner, The Rutherford Event Venue