Find your place to make a difference.
COR | Columbia Opportunity Resource connects talented professionals in the greater Columbia area to diverse and meaningful networks through leadership development, community service and social opportunities. COR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
- Vibrant networks attract, retain and motivate talented people.
- Motivated and talented people create exciting communities; and
- Exciting communities continually renew their talent pool.
Our vision is an innovative, energized and successful Columbia community that attracts, inspires, develops and retains the best talent in the region.
COR is a volunteer-driven organization with three focus areas: leadership, service and connectivity. We fulfill our mission by:
Connecting our members with executive mentors, leaders and the developments happening in our region
Goal: Ensure a sustainable future for our community through identifying, developing, nurturing and connecting the next generation of leaders.
Providing and promoting volunteer opportunities
Goal: Connect the next generation of Columbians to their community through volunteerism, service and philanthropy.
Serving as a cheerleader for Columbia by promoting Columbia to Columbians
Goal: Promote and enhance a vibrant and diverse and talent “magnetic” community through measurable and actionable strategies.
COR was formed in 2005 through a collaborative partnership between the City of Columbia and a group of impassioned young leaders looking to create positive change by connecting young people into the social, civic, and professional fabric of Columbia. In 2010, a partnership was formed between EngenuitySC, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Midlands Authority for Sports, Conventions, and Tourism, and The City of Columbia to establish the Columbia Talent Magnet Project; an initiative to attract, engage, and retain students, recent graduates, recent arrivals, and young professionals in the Greater Columbia region. COR is the Greater Columbia community’s collective investment in the next generation, as the primary vehicle for implementing the goals of the talent magnet project.
Founding Board Members
|Daniel Rickenmann – Founding Co-Chair
Tameika Isaac Devine – Founding Co-Chair
Alexa Booth Godwin
Lowndes Smith Macdonald