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Leadership Charleston

Learn more about the issues facing the Charleston region. Discover why you need to make a difference. Put ideas into action. Expand your horizons.

Class of 2018 applications will open on May 15, 2017.

What is Leadership Charleston?

For more than 43 years, the Chamber has offered Leadership Charleston, a 10-month program for professionals offering an intensive and up-close look at various issues impacting our region. Beginning with a two-day retreat followed by one-day sessions each month through June, the program features prominent and stimulating speakers who encourage discussion and participation along with visits to various community assets, including schools, the Port of Charleston, military facilities, and a trip to the S.C. Statehouse. Each session examines leadership roles in political, social and economic affairs. Tuition for the Class of 2018 is $2,850. If accepted into the program, attendance is mandatory for the orientation that will be held in early September.

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What’s in it for you and your employer?

Upon completion of Leadership Charleston, each participant will have:

  • Strengthened leadership abilities
  • Refined skills that can increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Access to an informed network of diverse colleagues
  • Exposure to a variety of regional leaders
  • An understanding of the realities, opportunities and challenges of our region
  • An opportunity to position their business as an organization committed to improving the community
  • An opportunity to become involved with and bring about positive change in our community

Whether you have lived in the Lowcountry for a short time or all of your life, Leadership Charleston will help you discover what is happening in the community and how you can get involved.



Leadership Charleston is built on strong fundamental leadership principles. At the two-day Orientation-Retreat held in September, attendees will participate in a number of interactive, team-building activities designed to demonstrate the dynamics of effective leadership. The retreat allows class members to push themselves and provides the skills and confidence necessary to be effective leaders.

Enrichment Activities

Enrichment opportunities abound within the Leadership Charleston program. A primary goal of the Leadership Charleston program is to encourage individuals to engage in their community. Participants are encouraged to attend public meetings within the tri-county region. These could be anything from a County or City Council meeting to School District Board meetings, to other types of public forums.


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