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Leadership Greenville

Applications are now closed. Check back next year to apply for Class 48!


The Chamber's flagship leadership program for established leaders is a ten-month intensive experience designed to help develop informed, committed and equipped leaders for Greenville County. By taking an intensive look into the issues affecting Greenville County, Leadership Greenville prepares and motivates participants to provide quality, dynamic leadership within the area. Since the program began in 1973, there have been over 2000 participants. Many alumni have served in key leadership positions within their businesses and organizations, as well as city council, county council, school board, members of Congress and judges.  A major outcome of the Leadership Greenville experience comes in the form of social capital as class members network with people in diverse circles, increasing their capacity to influence change and innovate the way we do business.


Gaining greater insight and understanding of our community and interacting with community decision makers will give you a broader and deeper perspective on the city and your role in the community.

You will build a long-lasting network of civic-minded local leaders who both support and challenge your views on the community’s key issues.

You’ll discover the issues you are passionate about by experiencing them firsthand.


Participants meet fellow community leaders, establish connections and expand their circle of influence.

Your company leaders establish relationships that will provide new opportunities to serve the community and deal firsthand with vital local issues.

The program provides participants with foundations to build a strong local network, deepening individual connections to the community and making more committed leaders.


Two-day opening retreat followed by one program day each month (October – May).  In addition to the program class days, class members will be part of a project team that addresses a need in our community.


Leadership Greenville requires a 9-month commitment. Participants are selected each spring through an application process based upon their leadership experiences, commitment, prior involvement in the community and their ability to set and achieve high personal goals. 


June 30, 2020 @ 5pm - Application Deadline
Orientation – TBD (Virtual)
October 1-2, 2020 (Mandatory opening retreat)
November 4, 2020
December 2, 2020
January 6, 2021
February 10, 2021 (tentative)
March 3, 2021
March 24, 2021
April 14, 2021
April 29-30, 2021 (Closing retreat)
May 20, 2021 (Graduation)


Tuition for Leadership Greenville is $3500 for Chamber Investors ($4500 for non-investors) which includes meals and materials, and overnight lodging for opening retreat. Limited partial scholarships are available based on need. The scholarship application is part of the online application form.


The Leadership Greenville program is designed for experienced leaders who want to significantly increase their impact on their organization and their community.  This includes senior executives, presidents and vice presidents, executive directors, business owners, and high-level directors and managers, representing all industries and business types within our region.


Clink on the link to apply to Leadership Greenville Class 47.  Note:  You must complete this application in one session.  Before beginning the application, we recommend you gather the information you need and compose the answers to the essay questions in a Word document (you can copy and paste into the application).

Questions? Contact Tami Miller, Leadership Development Director.


Applications are now closed. Check back next year to apply for Class 48!


Special thanks to our Leadership Greenville Class 46 Sponsor


Julio Hernandez, Chief of Staff, Clemson University, Division of Inclusion & Equity


"Effective leaders are 1) well versed on the issues and threats to prosperity, 2) holistic in their approach to problem solving, and 3) inclusive during the decision making process. Leadership Greenville provides future leaders with the necessary tools to make a meaningful positive impact on our community, as well as insight on our future challenges." 
John Castile, Greenville County Dedevelopment Authority


"Leadership Greenville gave me the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. It helped me understand the different opportunities and challenges that are ahead of us as a business community. It also allowed me to connect with new people and exposed me to many issues that I personally am now interested in getting further involved with."

Ryan Johnston, Upstate Business Journal


"When I started the Leadership Greenville program, I did not realize how profoundly my life would change in nine short months. It opened my eyes to the community which I love and now call home, and lit a fire in my heart to do everything I can to help Greenville grow."

Dorothy Self, DFS Creative Concepts

"Leadership Greenville provides aspiring leaders the platform to lead at a greater level. Whether you're a native or transplant, this program will help foster your love for this community like never before."

Lamont Sullivan, North Greenville University



2019-2020 Leadership Greenville Advisory Council

Sima Patel, Michelin NA
Jonathan Parker, All Good Things
Lindsey Stemann, McMillon Consulting
Adam Witter, Wells Fargo
Matteel Jones, Greenville Technical College
Wendy Walden, Greenville Technical College
Tracey Boucher, ScanSource
Berri Heinz, Prisma Health
Katie Leckenbusch, Warehouse Theatre
Lisa Dwight, DP3 Architects


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