Islands Society Appoints Isle of Palms Resident as Community Engagement Manager of Sea Islands Society – 12/07/15

James Carroll to lead new effort by South Carolina nonprofit to engage more islanders from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in foreign affairs and overseas engagement

Today, The Islands Society announces the appointment of James Carroll as Community Engagement Manager of the Sea Islands Society. Carroll will now lead the nonprofit’s efforts to increase the participation of the residents of the barrier islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in foreign affairs and cultural relations.

“As a life-long resident of Isle of Palms, I’m very excited to be joining Islands Society,” says Carroll. “Having grown up here, I firmly believe that the barrier islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have an important role to play in international relations.”

“We are extremely excited to have Carroll joining team,” says Cheryl Walsh, Managing Director of the Sea Islands Society. “It is clear that he is passionate about improving the quality of life in our local island communities through overseas engagements.”

Over the next few months, Carroll will be responsible for helping the organization better understand the needs of islanders across the region and then sharing that information with others through blogs, forums, social media and other media channels. Carroll will also develop and implement content, marketing, and community engagement strategies in his new role.

“I look forward to engaging with academics, community leaders, nonprofit leaders, business leaders, and foreign dignitaries to gain a better understanding what role the Sea Islands should play in international affairs,” says Carroll. “Historically, this region played a major role in international trade. And, you can see that woven into the fabric of our island communities. We simply need to identify what is now preventing local islanders from playing a larger role in international affairs. Then, we can position ourselves to be more influential globally.”

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to respect, inspire, and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. The Islands Society is based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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The Sea Islands Society is one of our regional societies. Its primary mission is to develop and implement programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from barrier island communities along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to more fully participate in international relations. Specifically, the society develops and implements programs that provide women, ethnic minorities, and the next generation of leaders from these island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure required to realize their full potential as artists, athletes, chefs, designers, educators, musicians, nurses, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and technologists on the world stage.

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About James Carroll

James Carroll is the Community Engagement Manager of the Sea Islands Society. He is also a life-long resident of the barrier islands off Charleston, South Carolina. Previously, Carroll served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. There, he was a municipal coordinator at the Healthy Schools Project. This required living in an indigenous community in the Western Highlands, where he worked to improve rural community health through education, community development, and empowering local leaders. Carroll received his a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from the College of Charleston.

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Islands Society Recognized as a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” for Second Consecutive Year – 11/12/2015

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Today, the Islands Society was recognized as a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits, the leading national provider of user reviews about nonprofits. This year, the Islands Society was the only nonprofit on Hilton Head Island to receive the award. And, it was only one of ten in the entire state of South Carolina.

“On behalf of the Islands Society, I would like to say that we are truly honored to be recognized yet again as a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits,” says Eddie Walsh, Founder and President of Islands Society. “In the end, this award would not have been possible without the support of our donors, the talent of our staff, and the achievements of all the people that our organization serves.”

GreatNonprofits remains the leading platform for community-sourced stories and reviews about nonprofit organizations. Its Top-Rated awards is hailed as the only people’s choice award in the nonprofit sector.

According to a study by Software Advice, “The GreatNonprofits seal is the second most trusted rating seal, after the Better Business Bureau.”

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society, Sea Islands Society, Arctic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, and Remote Islands Society (Japan).

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Islands Society Appoints Hilton Head Island Woman as Managing Director of the Sea Islands Society – 10/12/15

Cheryl Walsh to lead new effort by South Carolina nonprofit to engage more islanders from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in foreign affairs and overseas engagement

Today, The Islands Society announces the appointment of Cheryl Walsh as Managing Director of the Sea Islands Society. Walsh will now lead the nonprofit’s efforts to increase the participation of the residents of the barrier islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in foreign affairs and overseas engagement.

“As a part-time resident on Hilton Head Island, I am thrilled to be named the Managing Director of the Sea Islands Society,” says Walsh. “I believe it is critical that we engage more Americans who reside on the barrier islands off Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in foreign affairs and cultural relations. And, that is the mission of the Sea Islands Society.”

“I could think of no better person to lead such an important initiative than Cheryl Walsh,” stresses Keiko Ono, Vice President of the Islands Society. “As a former journalist and reference librarian, she has devoted her life to supporting local communities. And, she already understands many of the challenges that prevent local communities from fully participating in overseas engagements.”

Over the next few months, Walsh will be responsible for drafting a strategic plan and messaging framework for the Sea Islands Society. She will also be recruiting ambassadors, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and senior academics from the region to serve on its Board of Advisors.

In 2016, the Islands Society expects Walsh to develop and implement six new programs that will be specifically designed for residents of Beaufort, Charleston, Hilton Head Island, and Savannah. These include Sea Islands in the Classroom, Beaufort Veteran Leaders, Charleston Veteran Leaders, Lowcountry Emerging Leaders, Hilton Head Emerging Leaders, and Savannah Veteran Leaders. She will also be responsible for promoting new relations between residents of the Sea Islands and those served by the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society, and Remote Islands Society (Japan).

“It is widely recognized that there has been a major geopolitical shift in terms of our country’s political, economic, strategic, and social interests,” says Walsh. “Just last week, the United States and eleven other countries reached final agreement on the largest regional trade accord in history. Now, we must ask what role Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina intend to play in the U.S. pivot to Asia. If we want our region to remain relevant in the Pacific century, we need to make sure that our residents have the knowledge, skills, exposure, and networks required to realize their full potential. Right now, that is simply not the case.”

“I am therefore excited about the opportunity to partner with the managing directors of the Pacific Islands Society and Baltic Islands Society,” says Walsh. “There is so much potential for collaboration. Consider the Hilton Head Island Emerging Leaders Program. Next year, the Pacific Islands Society will be be launching the Outer Islands Emerging Leaders Program in Kauai and the Big Island. In the past, these programs would have been stand-alone programs that served their respective communities. However, the Islands Society now realizes at a global level that we have the opportunity to do more than just help the participants build networks in their local communities. We can also help them build networks that extend well beyond their respective communities. We will therefore be making it a priority to connect our Lowcountry Emerging Leaders with our Outer Islands Emerging Leaders.”

“In my opinion, the ability to inter-network our programs will be of huge value to the participants in our programs for the Sea Islands,” adds Ono. “Imagine, the Sea Islands Society can do more than just help a participant from Charleston connect with another participant in Beaufort or Hilton Head Island. In partnership with the Pacific Islands Society, we can help that participant connect with their counterparts in Hilo or Kapaa without ever having to step foot in Hawaii. In this way, we can help to strengthen the Lowcountry’s ties with the Asia-Pacific. In the long-term, this is one way to make sure that South Carolina is a stakeholder in the U.S. Pacific pivot.”

About Islands Society

The Islands Society is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society, Sea Islands Society, Arctic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, and Remote Islands Society (Japan).

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South Carolina Barrier Islands Society Renamed Sea Islands Society Following Expansion in Mission – 08/24/15

Hilton Head Islands, South Carolina — August 24, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society announced that the South Carolina Barrier Islands Society has been officially renamed the Sea Islands Society.

“Our decision to rename the South Carolina Barrier Islands Society is a natural extension of recent changes to our mission, which is to respect, inspire, and empower the residents of the barrier islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina,” says Cheryl Walsh, the Director of the Sea Islands Society. “When we made the decision to expand our geographic focus to include Florida and Georgia, the South Carolina Barrier Islands Society no longer accurately reflected the full extent of the island communities that we aim to serve.”

In the coming months, the Sea Islands Society will be launching a number of new initiatives, including the 2016-2017 Sea Islands NexGen Artists and the 2016-2017 South Carolina Security Scholars.

About the Sea Islands Society

The Sea Islands Society (SeaSoc) is committed to respecting, inspiring, and empowering the residents of the barrier islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. A constituent society of the Islands Society, SeaSoc is currently developing a number of important initiatives, including projects related to women, next generation leaders, and the Gullah community.

Website: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/south-carolina-barrier-islands-society/

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The society’s community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the society’s next generation leader projects help artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists realize their full potential on the world stage.

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New Nonprofit Initiative Launched to Inspire & Empower Sea Islands Residents – 08/06/15

South Carolina Barrier Islands Society To Provide Programs that Support the Gullah People, Women, and the Next Generation of Leaders in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

Hilton Head Island — August 6, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society announced the launch of the South Carolina Barrier Islands Society. The nonprofit’s latest constituent society, the new society aims to inspire and empower the people of the Sea Islands, especially the Gullah people, women and the next generation of island leaders.

“Over the past three years, the Islands Society has worked very hard to inspire and empower islanders around the world,” says Keiko Ono, Vice President of the Islands Society. “To date, much of our focus has centered on inspiring and empowering islanders in the Pacific Islands and Remote Islands (Japan). Having now established our platforms for those communities, we are very excited to be able to finally launch a new platform for islanders in our local community.”

“The launch of the South Carolina Barrier Islands Society marks a major milestone for our nonprofit,” adds Eddie Walsh, President of the Islands Society. “Once we establish this community, we will be able to start building bridges between our local community and our other communities in East Asia and the Pacific. In this way, we will be able to create new social networks that will help islanders in all three communities connect with one another.”

According to Keiko Ono, “one of the most exciting aspects of this launch is that it allows us to not only help individuals in our local community overcome the geographic boundaries that separate them from their fellow islanders in the Asia-Pacific. It also helps to ensure that the state of South Carolina is in a better position to realize its full potential in what has been dubbed the Asian Century.”

Since its founding, the Islands Society has quickly grown from a grassroots organization into a global nonprofit that has already made an impact on the lives of tens of thousands of islanders around the world. To date, the organization’s two other constituent societies – Pacific Islands Society and Remote Islands Society – have attracted over 3,600 followers on Facebook. The Islands Society has also launched a number of programs that have successfully provided women, students, and young professionals from seven countries with opportunities to have their voices heard on the world stage. Along the way, the organization and its staff have been recognized with a number of awards, including the “Top-Rated Nonprofit” Award by GreatNonprofits.org.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on nine issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. The Islands Society is headquartered on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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