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Forrest Alton is the founder and president of 1000 Feathers, LLC. For nearly 20 years, he has been a part of the nonprofit, social service, and philanthropic sectors, including serving for a decade as the Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, where his leadership and management resulted in the significant growth of an agency now recognized as a national leader on issues related to adolescent health. He stepped down from the C-Suite in 2016 to focus his energy on the launch of 1000 Feathers. Forrest made this transition because he saw a need to advance work in underserved communities more thoughtfully and strategically. 1000 Feathers is focused on training and developing leaders; helping organizations think, act, and give more strategically; posing difficult questions organizations may be afraid to ask; and encouraging big, bold, courageous conversations at all levels of organizations and throughout communities.
A dynamic and inspirational leader, Forrest has developed a contagious energy for helping others identify their vision and strategy, and for disrupting the status quo. He has become a frequently sought after speaker for conferences and events and is a respected voice on topics related to adolescent health, nonprofit leadership, and community engagement. He has previously been recognized by The State newspaper as one of South Carolina’s “20-under-40 emerging leaders” and by the Free Times as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Columbia.” Currently, Forrest serves in multiple state and national leadership positions, including the boards of Power to Decide (formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy), Together SC (formerly the South Carolina Association of Non-Profit Organizations), and My Carolina – the University of South Carolina’s Alumni Association. Forrest is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Fellow and has been recognized as a distinguished alumni by both the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health (masters), and Coastal Carolina University (undergraduate). He is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.