Living Your Truth Series

Living Your Truth is a series of conversations with those on the front lines, who bravely and gracefully live the truth of their hearts within their formidable lives. Hosted by the Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative Council, and convened by The Sophia Institute, it is our hope their words inspire and challenge each of us to find our own truths. Listen to them speak personally and passionately about their work for social justice, racial equity, and transformative change.

Speakers: Darrin Goss and Brian Duffy


Darrin Goss                                  Brian Duffy

DARRIN GOSS is a leader across sectors.  His career spans 20+ years working in government, nonprofits, higher education and private industry. An energetic executive leader, Darrin is a strategic thinker who is excited to be in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, his birthplace, to lead the Coastal Community Foundation, which manages more than $240 million in assets and awards, an average of more than $15 million in grants and scholarships annually.

Before joining Coastal Community Foundation, Darrin worked in philanthropy at United Way of Greenville County and Capital Area United Way (CAUW) in Baton Rouge, LA. As President and CEO of CAUW he turned around the organization’s workplace campaign from years of declining revenue to a 7 percent increase in just two years.  At United Way of Greenville County, where he spent six years as Vice President of Community Impact, Darrin directed $6.5 million in program funding and support annually to dozens of partner agencies and programs as leader of 19-person department.  He also led the establishment of the Greenville Region Workforce Collaborative, securing a National Funds for Workforce Solutions grant and leveraging an additional $1 million in private, corporate and public support for the initiative.

Prior to beginning his career in philanthropy, Darrin served as a U.S. Army Officer, worked in training and development for Sunoco Inc. and returned to his alma mater, Wofford College, to work as Director of Multicultural Affairs and Leadership Programs, and later as Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Career Services. In that time, he also earned his master’s degree from North Greenville University.

Darrin participated in The Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Institute in 2010 and the Harvard Business School’s 2015 seminar, “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.” He is a Class of 2018 Liberty Fellow. He serves on the boards of MDC, Inc. in Durham, NC and the Lowcountry’s Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative.

In his spare time, Darrin enjoys reading, writing, playing golf and spending time with his wife, Vee. Their son, Darrin Goss, Jr., currently serves in the U.S. Navy.

BRIAN DUFFY is a founding member of the Duffy & Young law firm where he practices civil trial work.  Brian returned to practice law in his hometown in 2004, after having practiced in Washington, DC for several years.  Brian is honored and humbled by the recognitions and responsibilities the legal community has granted him.  Brian served as the President of the Charleston County Bar Association for the 2016-17 term, after having served for years as an officer or member of the Executive Committee.  Brian proudly accepted the honor as a “South Carolina Leader in Law” in 2018.  He also earned the highest rating from the local legal community when he received AV rating years ago, and has been repeatedly recognized as a member of Super Lawyers.

Brian is a Past President of both the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the James L. Petigru American Inn of Court.  He continues to serve as an active member in each of these organizations.  Brian is a permanent member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and participates in other legal service organizations and civic projects.  Brian also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Charleston School of Law.

Working through the Charleston County Bar, Brian created The Charleston Forum.  Born in honor of the victims of the 2015 Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting, and part of the official Emanuel 9 commemorative events, The Charleston Forum provides an open and honest dialogue on race and the ways in which our community can move forward together.

Brian received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School.  Brian served as a law clerk to The Honorable C. Lynwood Smith of the Northern District of Alabama and to The Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Brian and his wife, Medéa, live on James Island and are the parents of three young children.

Moderated by Rita Scott   .

This is a tuition free event.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.

PARKING:  There are two parking garages near Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church that have hourly rates.  They are located at 69 Wentworth Street and 34 St. Phillip Street.


Hourly Schedule

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday Night Program


May 22 2018


Tuition-free event

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Mt. Zion AME Church


Mt. Zion AME Church
5 Glebe Street, Charleston, SC 29401 United States

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