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    Leadership 2017

    Spring 2017

    While the profiles of Chapel Hill and Carrboro are always in flux, there remains a constant need for talented leaders. Hosted by our Chamber and our Partnership for a Sustainable Community, Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro is a intensive program designed to develop a continual pool of leadership talent for our Chapel Hill-Carrboro/Orange County community.

    Participants meet for an all-day retreat in April, and the class continues to meet the first Thursday of the month for a full day of workshops with today's leaders on the social, cultural, political, and economic facets of our community, as well as participate in team-building exercises and skills curriculum taught by local experts.

    Through exchange of ideas, community experiences, and leadership skill-building sessions, Leadership participants begin to develop specific interests in the concerns of our community and emerge equipped with the skills and knowledge to positively affect our communities.

    Registration and Scholarships

    • Registration for 2017 Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro is closed.

    Scholarship support is available for Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro upon completing registration.

    Community Passport

    Leadership participants also complete the Community Passport, an agenda of community projects and exercises to enhance participants' knowledge of our community. Passport activities include:

    • Required:
      • Take public transportation

      • Attend a public meeting

      • Patrol ride-along with Chapel Hill/Carrboro Police Departments and Orange County Sheriff

    • Choose One:
      • Take a selfie with five Orange County historical markers

      • Visit a local museum

      • Send an editorial to a local newspaper or speak about a local issue on WCHL or WCOM

      • Attend a local arts/music performance

      • Host a dinner prepared with ingredients from our local farmers' markets

      • Volunteer at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

      • Donate blood with the American Red Cross

      • Attend the 2nd Friday ArtWalk

      • Attend a sporting event on UNC campus

    Small Miracles

    In addition to the Community Passport, Leadership participants also complete a Small Miracles group project, which pairs Leadership students with area non-profit organizations to learn about their missions and implement a fundraising plan to meet specific needs of those organizations.

    Members of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2015 raised $10,000 for Chamber member TABLE and for one Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2016 scholarship through a Casino Night at the Franklin Hotel.


    Sponsorships available for $500-$3,000. Contact Rebecca Dickenson at rdickenson@carolinachamber.org or (919) 357-9990.

    Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2017 Schedule

    *Each session will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m, exceptions listed below. Times are approximate.

    Leadership Kickoff & Orientation – April 4, 2017 (Siena Hotel)
    6 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Reception with Participants, Alumni, and Friends


    Session One - April 6, 2017 (Triangle Training Center)
    8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

    Leadership Session: Setting the Leadership Framework

    Skill Development Session: Up for the Challenge! Ropes Course!

    Invited Guests: Mayor Tom Stevens, Owner, Think Leadership Ideas; Bill DeLano, President, Triangle Training Center


    Session Two  – May 11, 2017 (Inter Faith Council Community House)
    8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Leadership Session: Social Services

    Leadership Session: State of the Community Report and bus tour


    Session Three – June 1, 2017 (Durham Tech/UNC Hospital Hillsborough campus)
    8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Leadership Session: Public Education

    Leadership Session: UNC and UNC Hospitals

    Skills Development Session: Great Meetings and Robert's Rules of Order; Small Miracles Presentations


    Session Four- June 22, 2017 (Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce)
    8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Skills Development Session: Sharon Hill

    Skills Development Session: Nonprofit board service with the Executive Service Corps

    Skills Development Session: Agreements with Zemo Trevanthan


    Session Five – July 13, 2017 (Maple View Farm/Orange County Sportsplex)
    8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Leadership Session: Local Government

    Leadership Activity: Ice Skating


    Session Six  – August 3, 2017 (The Franklin Hotel)
    8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Leadership Activity: Downtown Tour with Meg McGurk

    Leadership Session: Local Economy


    Session Seven  – September 7, 2017 (OWASA)
    8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Leadership Session: Crime, Justice and Mediation


    Session Eight – September 29

    The 2017 Leadership class will participate in the Chamber's State of the Community Report & Conference. Leadership will conclude with a graduation ceremony at the conference.