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The PROPEL GVL Experience

Posted by: Megan Campbell on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Last year I had the opportunity to go through the inaugural PROPEL GVL program and a year later I can proudly say, “It works!”

PROPEL GVL is a six-week board training and executive leadership program produced in partnership between the Greenville Chamber and United Way of Greenville County.

Even if you are a seasoned, board-serving pro, the program is a great refresher on best utilizing your position to promote, support and champion the nonprofit organizations that you serve. Over the course of six weeks, program participants will gain the following:

  1. A more thorough knowledge of effective board or committee service
  2. Introductions to local nonprofit executive directors and board members at the end-of-program “Board Fair”
  3. As with all Greenville Chamber programming, participants will gain an expanded network and enhanced sense of community built with fellow participants, instructors and speakers

I recently began serving on a local board – my first foray into board service. Without this training, I would feel unprepared and hesitant. In fact, before PROPEL GVL, I had turned down positions because I felt nervous, unqualified and did not know what to expect. Now, I feel prepared and equipped to bring my best self to this nonprofit that I love (shoutout to Girls on the Run Upstate). This is a direct result of PROPEL GVL.

If you find yourself in similar shoes, or you are simply looking for a refresher, this program is a great place to start.

While this year’s virtual program may look a little different, the dedicated teams at the Chamber and United Way are committed to providing top-quality programming to prepare you for effective board service. The application deadline is September 25th, with the program beginning on November 2nd.

If you are ready to take the leap, learn more at


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