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    Leadership 2016

    March 22, 2016-May 25, 2016

    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 10-week, 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 late March, and the class continues to meet Wednesday mornings through mid-June for half-day 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 and scholarship for 2016 has closed

    Scholarship support is available for Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro. 


    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 $400-$3,000. Contact Chela Tu at ctu@carolinachamber.org or (919) 357-9990.

    Executive Leadership

    Already a Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Grad? Or need a more condensed format? Executive Leadership, a two-day conference designed to connect participants to our community's movers and shakers and generate meaningful dialogue among panelists and participants about government, education, community challenges, entrepreneurship and economic development, is for you! Learn more.

    Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2016 Schedule

    *Times are approximate. Leadership participants, please refer to the agenda in your notebooks.

    Leadership Kickoff & Orientation – March 22, 2016 (Siena Hotel)
    6 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Reception with Participants, Alumni, and Friends


    Week One - March 23, 2016 (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


    Week Two  – March 30, 2016 (Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce)
    8 a.m.-2 p.m. 

    Leadership Session: Community Overview and Leadership Orientation

    Leadership Activity: Community Bus Tour and Group Lunch

    Invited Guests: Aaron Nelson, President & CEO, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce


    Week Three – Tuesday, April 5, 2016 (UNC Friday Center
    7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

    Leadership Session: State of the Community Report & Conversations


    Week Four – April, 13, 2016 (Hickory Tavern)
    8 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Skill Development Session: Great Meetings & Robert’s Rules

    Leadership Activity: Small Miracles Presentations & Selection

    Invited Guests: Aaron Nelson, President & CEO, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce


    Week Five  – Monday, April 18, 2016 (TBD)
    8 a.m.-12 a.m. 

    Leadership Session: Local Government & Politics

    Leadership Session: University


    Week Six  – April, 27, 2016 (Chapel Hill Public Library)
    8 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Skill Development Session: Pump Up Your Professionalism & Understanding Your Leadership Style

    Leadership Session: Crime Justice Mediation

    Invited Guests: Sharon Hill, Owner, Sharon Hill International; Greg Smith, Business Performance Consultant; Chief Walter Horton, Town of Carrboro Police Department; Chief Chris Blue, Town of Chapel Hill Police Department; Frances Henderson, Executive Director, Dispute Settlement Center; Sheriff Charles Blackwood, Orange County


    Week Seven – May, 4, 2016 (DSI Comedy)
    8 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Skill Development Session: Improv & Leadership

    Leadership Session: Human Services

    Invited Guest: Zach Ward, owner, DSI Comedy; Michael Reinke Executive Director, Inter-Faith Council for Social Services; Robert Dowling, Executive Director, Community Home Trust; Hudson Vaugh, The Jackson Center; Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, Executive Director, El Centro Hispan


    Week Eight – May, 11, 2016 (Durham Tech Orange County)
    8 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Skill Development Session: Media Training

    Leadership Session: Education

    Invited Guests: Kelly Wolff, Daily Tar Heel; Invited Guests: Dr. Thomas Forcella, Superintendent, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools; Kathi Brewuer, Director, Career & Technical Education, Instructional Services, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools; Seth Stephens, Chief Communications Officer, Orange County Schools; Dr. Bill Ingram, President, Durham Technical Community College


    Week Nine – May 18, 2016 (Carrboro Town Hall)
    8 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Skill Development Session: Things You Need To Know

    Leadership Session: Economic Development

    Invited Guests: Meg McGurk, Executive Director, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership; Dwight Bassett, Economic Development Officer, Town of Chapel Hill; Steve Brantley, Economic Development Director, Orange County Economic Development; and Annette Stone, Community and Economic Development Director, Town of Carrboro.

    Week Ten – May, 25, 2016 (Governor's Club)
    10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Leadership Session: What It Means to Be a Leader and Planning to Make Impact

    Luncheon and Graduation Ceremony

    Invited Guest: Mayor Tom Stevens, Town of Hillsborough & Think Leadership Ideas