President & CEO, Central Carolina Community Foundation; Former Chair, Richland County Library
JoAnn Turnquist has held leadership positions with the Clorox Company, Procter and Gamble and JohnsonDiversey. She moved from the corporate world to the world of philanthropy more than a decade ago. As the President & CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation, she heads up a $140 million dollar charitable organization with donors throughout the Midlands. She said, “while it’s fabulous to have a great career and watch people around you succeed, the opportunity to give back to a community…. to see the impact on your work on communities was the driving reason for me to make the change.” When the thousand-year flood hit South Carolina in 2015, she helped Governor Haley establish the One SC Fund to provide grants to support disaster recovery projects across the state.
Her advice for young people: “Trust yourself. Trust your instincts. Be as courageous as possible in tuning out both your own inner voice that says I can’t do it, and other voices that ask you, why are you trying this?”