Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Columbia Opportunity Resource Announce Anissa Floyd as VP of Talent and Leadership Development


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) welcome Anissa Floyd as vice president of talent and leadership development and executive director of COR. A native of Columbia, Floyd has substantial experience in leadership and professional development, volunteer engagement, event planning, fundraising and creating strategic partnerships between businesses and non-profit organizations.

“We welcome Anissa back to the Columbia area and are thrilled to have her join us,” said Scott Callison, vice president of administration, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. “Anissa possesses the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to continue the success of both programs and their impact to our region.”

In her new role, Floyd will serve as the executive director of COR, leading its mission to connect young, talented professionals in the greater Columbia region to diverse and meaningful networks for leadership, service and fun. Additionally, Floyd will coordinate and manage Leadership Columbia and Leadership Columbia Alumni Association, the Columbia Chamber’s flagship programs for promising leaders that help them better understand how their community works, build relationships with fellow leaders and become inspired to focus their talents in best service to the Midlands.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Anissa as COR’s executive director,” said David Laird, chair of Columbia Opportunity Resource. “We believe Anissa has the talent, vision and drive necessary to lead COR into the future.”

Prior to joining the Columbia Chamber and COR, Floyd was an adjunct professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. A licensed attorney, Floyd previously practiced employment law at the Atlanta offices of King & Spalding LLP, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Hall, Booth, Smith, & Slover, P.C. Floyd also served as law clerk to United States District Judge T. John Ward (Ret.).

Floyd obtained her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College. She is an avid volunteer, participating in United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Volunteer Involvement Program and Spelman College’s “Sister to Sister” mentoring program. Floyd also served as a volunteer attorney with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Floyd is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Dean A. (Gail) Floyd, and she currently resides in Columbia, S.C.

To learn more about COR, click here. For information about Leadership Columbia, click here.

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, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit


About COR

COR | Columbia Opportunity Resource connects young, talented professionals in the greater Columbia area to diverse and meaningful networks for leadership, service and fun.

We believe 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 world.  COR is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization and a strategic partner of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation and the City of Columbia.

To learn more, please visit

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Michael Bailey

Michael is the founder and serves as the Chief-Curator of Information for The Minority Eye, South Carolina’s largest minority-owned media outlet. As the leader of the editorial staff, he works as a multimedia journalist, telling the often-overlooked stories of minority communities from across the state and throughout the region. He specializes in producing news stories and personal profiles that share and expound on cultural, social, economic and political experiences of minorities living in South Carolina and beyond. His extensive media, business, and political background have made him a well-respected voice and an often sought-after commentator on issues that impact people of color.

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