The College of Charleston’s School of Business presented former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley with the Woman of Courage Award.
Haley, considered a rising star in the Republican party, was honored for her courage to make bold decisions and take risks as a leader. That’s what the college’s president, Dr. Andrew Hsu, told hundreds of attendees who came to honor Haley on Thursday.
Dr. Hsu kicked off the lunch with the greeting Haley made famous as South Carolina Governor, saying, “It’s a great day in South Carolina.”
Haley told the crowd she remembers being bullied as a child. She called it one of her “war stories.”
“It’s always worth fighting, even if you are fighting alone. At the end of the day, if you fight for the right thing, you will always win,” stated Haley.
Leaning in when President Trump asked her to be U.N. ambassador, at the time, she said she told the president, “I’m not going to be a wallflower or a talking head. I need to be able to say what I think.”
“He said, ‘Nikki, this is exactly why I want you to do this,'” Haley added.
This included standing up for herself at a critical time.
She also had advice for the women who came to meet her at Thursday's event.
“Set yourself up for success,” said Haley.
She’s a role model who some believe is just getting started.
Attendee Maureen Porzio said of Haley, “She is so well put together. She’s really able to speak to women and to really anyone. I would love for her to consider a presidency.”
We reached out to Ambassador Haley’s communications people twice on Thursday to find out whether she will stay for President Trump’s rally on Friday. They told us she won’t be in Charleston and that she left Thursday afternoon.