Skip to content

2024 Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro is Underway!

Leadership Class of 2022 at The Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill. Photo by Trevor Holman Photography.


Leadership Class of 2022 during the guided bus tour through Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro.

About Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro


What: Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro is an immersive personal and professional development program designed to inform, connect, and engage experienced and leaders in Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro with their own community. 

Who: Participants are experienced or emerging leaders who live and/or work in our region and share a desire to promote a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro.  Hallmarks of 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, make important connections, and deepen their influence through ongoing networking and service opportunities. 

How: A cohort-based learning experience with dozens of panels, tours, and workshops over the summer. Leadership combines presentations, experiential learning activities, and facilitated dialogue to help participants better understand key issues in our region related to the economy, government, education, health, economic development, and the environment. 

More: To learn more about Leadership 2024, listen to recent Leadership Graduates share reflections on the program (2022 and n.d.).

"Earn your leadership every day." (Michael Jordan)

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." (John F. Kennedy)

"The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring. The best leaders in any profession care about the people they lead, and the people who are being led know when the caring is genuine and when it's faked or not there at all." (Dean Smith)

Requirements & Schedule

To successfully complete the program, earn a certificate, and become a Leadership Fellow, participants must do three things:

  1. Attend all sessions (up to two excused absences permitted with completion of make-up assignments).
  2. Complete the Community Passport (an individual checklist of community activities, such as taking public transportation, attending a public meeting, participating in a patrol ride-along, and hosting a dinner prepared with local ingredients).
  3. Complete Small Miracles (a team-based project through which the cohort collectively selects an area nonprofit organization and implements 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).

Schedule: Leadership 2024 includes ten session over three months in the summer usually Thursdays from 8am-5pm. The following is the 2024 schedule, but topics and times are subject to change.

      • Session 1: Kickoff - Thursday, May 2 from 5pm-7:30pm  
      • Session 2:  Experiential Learning - Thursday, May 9  
      • Session 3:  State of the Community - Thursday, May 23  
      • Session 4:  Geography and Governance - Thursday, June 13 
      • Session 5:  Economic and Community Development - Thursday, June 27 
      • Session 6:  Arts, Justice, and Workforce - Thursday, July 11  
      • Session 7:  Human Services and Public Safety - Thursday, July 25 
      • Session 8:  Town and Gown - Thursday, Aug 8 
      • Session 9:  Education - Thursday, Aug 22 
      • Session 10: Graduation - Tuesday, Aug 27 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm  

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

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." (Kenneth Blanchard)


Enrollment Fee:

  Non-member      Chamber Member 
Before March 31



April 1 or later 



What’s Included:  Access to places not open to the public, intimate discussions with top civic, campus and business leaders, meaningful connections with two dozen or more fellow leaders, all lunches, some breakfasts, and lots of snacks and coffees.  

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations before the early bird registration date of Friday, March 29 are fully-refundable. Cancellations until the final registration deadline of Friday, April 19 are 50% refundable. Cancellations after the registration deadline are not refundable but deferment may be an option in the case of an emergency.

Discounts: Chamber Major Investors are entitled to discounts. Community Champions and Community Investors receive 50% off; Community Builders and Community Leaders receive 25% off.

Partial Scholarships: The Chamber does not want finances to be a barrier to your learning journey. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To be considered for a scholarship to complete this brief (5-question) scholarship application webform – Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2024 Scholarship Application

Registration: Register now for Leadership 2024. Those who enroll commit to the participation and payment requirements and, given the time commitment, must verify the full support of their employers.

leadership group in front of coach bus
The Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Class of 2018 at the conclusion of the bus tour through the region.
Learn More about Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro


Background: Since 1985, Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 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 the community 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 Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro.

Sponsor: Become a sponsor of Leadership (opportunities available from $800-$5,000). For questions about sponsorship, contact Chamber Director of Programs and Member Engagement, McKenzie Steagall.

Contact: For questions about the Leadership journey, content, participation, logistics, fees, and scholarships, contact McKenzie Steagall.

"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall." (Stephen Covey)

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." (John Quincy Adams)

"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision."  (John Maxwell)