Maxim Williams Selected as Catholic Health Association's Tomorrow's Leader Award
The Catholic health ministry of tomorrow will depend on strong leadership and passionate commitment to the healing mission. To encourage the promising young leaders of today to continue their careers in the ministry, CHA has implemented the Tomorrow's Leaders program, each year honoring an impressive cadre of dedicated, high-performing individuals who already have demonstrated commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic health care.
Only 10 individuals are selected after a thorough and intensive review process. Maxim Williams, Director of Community Relationship Building, at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville South Carolina was among the 10 young leaders selected and recognized during the Assembly. Maxim was selected for his tireless efforts in support of the Bon Secours St. Francis Mission towards building healthy communities. His work in the Sterling community just outside downtown Greenville was among the key factors in him being nominated.
In a relatively short amount of time, Maxim has lead and facilitated a number of transformative initiatives to help revitalize and empower the Sterling community to become a healthier and safer place for its residents. Dot Russell, president of a Sterling neighborhood association, says, in large part because of Williams, "crime is declining, the neighborhood is getting cleaned up," residents are cultivating community gardens and more people are walking and jogging.
He has done so as a servant leader, working from within the community and in direct collaboration with the community residents. Williams hopes to replicate the results in Sterling in other neighborhoods. "My favorite aspect of the work I do is working within impoverished and low-income communities to create opportunities for people to see that they are valued; they have gifts and talents; and inspire them to be leaders," Williams says.
In addition to his work in Sterling, Maxim is the Co-Chair of the Bon Secours St. Francis Diversity & Inclusion team “Culture Fusion;” a facilitator and organizer for regular employee engagement events as well as Greenville wide events; and serves on a number of boards in Greenville from the Free Clinic, International Center, and Warehouse Theatre. In his spare time, Maxim trains and competes in the martial arts.
The honorees were recognized at the Catholic Health Assembly, this year held in June in Anaheim, Calif. They were also invited to participate in an exclusive leadership formation retreat, prior to the assembly, which will bring them face to face with senior leaders from across the ministry. Nominations are submitted from Catholic based healthcare organizations from around the country.