Published on January 11th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Erika Williams; My Sisters Keeper Award Honoree
Pictured from left: Mary Miller McClellan, President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter, Erika D. Williams of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Iota Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter, Jona’ Hodges and Alicia Barnes, ABC News Anchor and Mistress of Ceremonies for My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon 2017.
Erika Williams, a native of Denmark, South Carolina directs the communications and strategic initiative efforts for the Sumter County Economic Development Board and TheLINK Economic Development Alliance. With more than 15 years professional experience in communications and public administration, she has managed the outreach efforts for national and statewide government contracts for BlueCross BlueShield of SC, and coordinated marketing and communications for United Way of the Midands.
Erika is a graduate of Denmark-Olar High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater from Lander University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. As a long-running youth cheerleading coach, a certified group fitness instructor and a weekend radio announcer for Glory Communications, Erika has a passion for community, particularly programs that empower youth. She has served as the philanthropy team leader and a council member for Youth Corps, a company advisor for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Business Week Program, and on the Richland School District One Media Advisory Committee at Heyward Technology Center. In addition, she is a graduate of the Blueprint for Leadership Program and is currently enrolled in Leadership Sumter.
In 2011, Erika established A Blazer and A Good White Shirt—a communications and outreach group specializing in workforce readiness, customer service strategies and public speaking. A sought-after orator and emcee, she regularly addresses audiences on the local, regional and national level, including emceeing a reception in our Nation’s capital for the National Black Caucus. She was recognized as a “Woman of Excellence” in Media and featured in BlueCross BlueShield’s Giving Back publication, highlighting her community service efforts. Erika is a chartering member of the Iota Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and is the immediate past Coordinator for the state South Carolina.
Above all these things, Erika finds the most comfort in her ever-growing relationship with God. She worships at Trinity Baptist Church in Columbia, SC.