(The Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Class of 2018 at the conclusion of the bus tour through the region)
*Note - Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Class of 2019 is underway. If you are interested in applying for the Class of 2020, please contact Chamber Events Coordinator, Vanessa Watson at VWatson@carolinachamber.org or 919-967-7075.
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 is underway! The annual program launches in early May with an cocktail reception and orientation and concludes in September with a public graduation. A majority of the learning sessions are all-day from 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.
Sponsors: Underwriting Sponsors for Leadership 2019 are the Small Business Energy Initiative and Wells Fargo; Single Session Sponsors are Bryan Properties & Southern Village; Host Sponsors are UNC Health Care and the The Carolina Inn.
"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)
*2019 Schedule below. Details subject to change.
- Session #1 - Kickoff & Orientation | Chapel Hill
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 5:30pm-8pm | The Siena Hotel
- Session #2 - High Ropes Course | Pittsboro
Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 8am-4pm | Triangle Training Center
- Session #3 - History & Governance | Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Region
Single Session Sponsors: Bryan Properties & Southern Village
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 8am-4pm | The Chamber| Guided Bus Tour through Orange, Chatham, and Durham Counties
- Session #4 - Education & Workforce Development | Hillsborough
Host Sponsor: UNC Health Care
Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 8am-4pm | Durham Tech (Orange County Campus) and UNC Health Care (Hillsborough Campus)
- Session #5 - Health & Human Services | Chapel Hill
Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 8am-4pm | IFC Community House and Robert & Pearl Seymour Center
- Session #6 - Economic Development & the Environment | Hillsborough
Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 8am-4pm | Weaver Street Market; Guided tour of Riverwalk, Downtown Hillsborough, and Historic Courthouse; Orange County Public Library; Piedmont Food Processing Center (PFPC)
- Session #7 - University Relations | Chapel Hill
Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 8am-4pm | Sutton's Drug Store; Guided Tour of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Downtown Chapel Hill; IFC Community Kitchen; and Chapel Hill Public Library
- Session #8 - Justice, Equity, and Entrepreneurship | Carrboro
Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 8am-4pm | OWASA, Hampton Inn & Suites
- Session #9 - Arts, Culture, and Tourism | Chapel Hill
Host Sponsor: The Carolina Inn and Bell Leadership Institute
Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 8am-4pm | The Carolina Inn and the Ackland Art Museum
- Session #10 - Graduation & State of the Community Report | Chapel Hill
Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 7:30am-10am | The Friday Center
“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” (Tom Peters)
Requirements for Graduation
- 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.
- 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 for the subsequent Leadership class.
- 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).
- 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)
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.
- Session #1 - Kickoff & Orientation | Chapel Hill