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Anita Garrett

Member Women United Global Leadership Council
Chief Strategy Officer The Weathers Group
Columbia, SC

Anita M. Garrett is a journalist and management consultant. She has worked in the fields of philanthropy and community engagement for more than 20 years helping develop leaders, build capacity and create public/private partnerships globally. As a principal with The Weathers Group, a South Carolina-based consulting firm, Ms. Garrett has devised strategies for the business challenges and opportunities of diverse clients. A social entrepreneur passionate about leveraging community resources, she is currently coordinating Project E.A.R.N. - an economic development initiative through the United Way Association of South Carolina. During her 20-year career as a senior manager, Ms. Garrett learned the profound power of philanthropy and honed her skills at motivating others to appreciate the social assets of all. Anita’s emergence as a consultant was the natural outgrowth of her life experiences and her personal desire to serve. She possesses a unique ability to connect with clients across demographics and combines humor and cultural competency to reach her audiences. A compassionate community advocate, Garrett has been an active volunteer throughout her life and serves on the board of directors for several agencies working to advance social justice, promote the arts and address health disparities. Ms. Garrett is a SC Education Policy Fellow and graduate of the Diversity Leadership Initiative (Riley Institute of Furman University). In 2013 she joined the National Women’s Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide and currently serves as Chair of Women In Philanthropy of The Midlands. Born in North Carolina, Anita spent much of her childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, serves as a guardian ad litem with Richland County CASA and is a certified mediator. An alumni of the University of South Carolina, her work is frequently featured in various publications. When she’s not writing she enjoys Mud Runs and Food Tours.

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