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Chakisse Newton of Cardinal Consulting Named 2012 Young Leader of the Year

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Honors Newton at Annual Gala


COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 3, 1012 – Chakisse Newton, president of Cardinal Consulting LLC, has been named the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce 2012 Young Leader of the Year. The Chamber honored Newton at its 2012 Annual Gala.

Each year, the Chamber recognizes a young professional who has shown outstanding leadership and commitment both to promoting the business community and to demonstrating a spirit of civic involvement to improve the Midlands region. “Chakisse exemplifies the qualities and the potential that provide Columbia with one of its most competitive assets: talented leaders,” said Ike McLeese, president and CEO of the Greater Columbia Chamber. “In addition to being a passionate community advocate and a successful entrepreneur, she has been a catalyst for change through her leadership in groups like COR, Columbia Opportunity Resource. She is a rising star and we are honored to recognize her.”

Newton is committed to community service. She is a 2011 graduate of Blueprint for Leadership and a 2011 Leadership Columbia Alumni. She is the current board chair for COR and also serves on the boards of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation and the Friends of Richland County Public Library. In addition, she serves as sponsorship chair on the Campaign Committee for the United Way of the Midlands.

Professionally, she is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, the American Society for Training and Development, Toastmasters International and the National Speaker’s Association. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations.

About Cardinal Consulting
Cardinal Consulting specializes in communication and business development strategies that help firms build profitable relationships, communicate effectively, and increase productivity and sales. Services include management consulting, executive speech coaching, keynotes and training. For more information, call (803) 753-1311. You can visit our website at, follow @chakisse on Twitter or connect with us on our blog

About the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its members and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902. To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, visit

Photo: Chakisse Newton (left) accepts the young Leader of the Year Award with Mike Brenan (BB&T) and Kara Mock (Colonial Life).

Photo: Chakisse Newton (left) accepts the young Leader of the Year Award with Mike Brenan (BB&T) and Kara Mock (Colonial Life).

Photo: Chakisse Newton (headshot)

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