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  • Register Now for Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2019

    (The Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Class of 2018 at the conclusion of the bus tour through the region) 




    What: Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro (Leadership) is an intensive program designed to inform, develop, and engage committed and emerging leaders in Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro. 

    When: The 2019 Leadership Program will being in early May with a kickoff celebration and conclude in September with a public graduation. A majority of the learning sessions are all-day (8am-4pm), on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.

    Where: Programming takes place at key locations throughout Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, including the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as southern Orange, northern Chatham, and southwest Durham Counties.

    Who: Participants are committed or emerging leaders who live and/or work in our region and share a desire “For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro.”  Hallmarks of Leadership participants include a commitment to community service, a passion for learning, and a willingness to serve in key volunteer leadership roles. 

    Why: Participants broaden their understanding of issues and opportunities facing the region, refine their leadership skills, and are invited to deepen their influence through ongoing networking and service opportunities. 

    How: A cohort-based learning experience with ten sessions over five months, Leadership combines presentations, tours, experiential learning activities, and facilitated dialogue to help participants better understand key issues in our region related to government, education, health and human services, economic development, and the environment.


    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)


    Draft schedule below. Details subject to change. 


    “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” (Tom Peters)


    ​Requirements for Graduation

    1. Community Passport: Complete a checklist of community exercises, including 1) taking public transportation, 2) attending a public meeting, 3) participating in a patrol ride-along, and 4) your choice of one additional experience such as donating blood, hosting a dinner prepared with local ingredients, etc.
    2. Small Miracles: Complete a Small Miracles group project, which pairs Leadership participants with an area nonprofit organization(s) to learn about its missions and implement a fundraising plan to meet relevant organizational needs. The Leadership Class of 2018 collectively raised more than $13,000 for a local nonprofit called Extraordinary Ventures and a scholarship for a participant in next year’s Leadership.
    3. Program Fee: The program fee is $1,250 for members ($1,450 for non-members) and covers programming, session materials, and meals during each session.
      • A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To be considered for scholarship funding, you must complete the Leadership registration and the Scholarship Application.
      • Chamber Major Investors are entitled to the following Leadership discounts: Community Champions and Community Investors receive 50% off ($625 total cost per participant); Community Builders and Community Leaders receive 25% off ($875 total cost per participant). 
    4. Attendance: Attendance at all sessions is a requirement for graduation. *Up to two excused absences are permitted with completion of make-up assignments. Given the time commitment, participants must have the full support of their employers. 


    (The Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Class of 2018 at the Graduation Ceremony on August 23, 2018 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC) 



    Register: Register now for the 2019 Class of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro!

    Sponsor: Become a sponsor of Leadership 2019 (opportunities available from $500-$2,250)

    Contact: For questions and to discuss participation and sponsorship, contact Chamber Vice President for External Affairs, Katie Loovis, at (919) 696-0781 (cell). 

    Background: Since 1986, Leadership has offered an annual series of cutting-edge sessions to current and emerging regional leaders. Leadership supports the exploration of multiple perspectives in a safe and respectful environment. Participants build their personal and professional networks as they turn knowledge into action and leverage resources for the benefit of greater Chapel Hill and its people. Leadership is managed by the Chamber’s Partnership for a Sustainable Community and is designed to develop a continual pool of leadership talent for the West Triangle Region, including Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County.


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