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Leadership Charleston

Leadership Charleston

Through community immersion and interactions with diverse leaders, Leadership Charleston is cultivating leaders and igniting the advancement of the Charleston metro. The Chamber has been running this program for over 45 years – offering an intensive and up-close look at the most challenging issues and opportunities facing our region.

Leadership Charleston is a year-long program that engages participants in experiences that help them become better community leaders.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

5 Reasons to Apply for Leadership Charleston in the Future

  • Expand your leadership capacity through immersion into the realities and opportunities of our community
  • Collaborate with the region’s top community leaders and organizations
  • Develop deep relationships with a network of diverse colleagues
  • Gain valuable insight into the most challenging issues facing our region
  • Inspire change in our region

The 2022 Leadership Charleston Class has been chosen!

Leadership Charleston Class of 2022 Program Information

  • Demonstrate leadership in your community.
  • Be employed by a Chamber member company.
  • Have an interest in furthering your knowledge about the Charleston Metro Area and community leadership.
  • Commit to full participation in the Leadership Charleston program – the program requires a major time commitment.
  • Attend a mandatory orientation session on September 2-3 at Wild Dunes Resort.
  • Become active participants in advancing the community and making a positive contribution to the Charleston region post-graduation.
Application Process
  • We are no longer accepting applications for the Leadership Charleston Class of 2022
  • If you submitted your application before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, you will receive confirmation of receipt within 48 hours of sending your application. If you do not receive confirmation, please follow up by email to to verify your application was sent correctly.
  • A letter of endorsement must be received by July 9. This should be completed by your company Chief Executive or local area executive. This can be uploaded with your application or sent by email to with the subject line Leadership Charleston Letter of Endorsement.
  • Upon acceptance, a headshot and profile information will be required.
  • You will need to supply an email address that Leadership Charleston can use to communicate important program information throughout the class year. The class will also utilize social platforms for communication (google forms, etc.).
Selection Process
  • All completed applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Leadership Charleston Alumni during a blind process.
  • Leadership Charleston class size is limited. If you are not accepted into this class, you are encouraged to reapply for an upcoming Leadership Charleston program.


  • Applications open June 1 – July 16
  • Select 2022 class participants late July
  • Notify all applications of acceptance status by early August
  • Tuition payment required upon acceptance and before August 19
  • Press announcement of class in August
Program Sessions & Attendance

Leadership Charleston begins with a orientation session on September 2-3 at Wild Dunes Resort and then meets one full day per month from September 2020 through July 2021.   Each of these monthly program days is focused on a facet of the community (i.e. local government, military, philanthropy, economic development, etc.). August 2022 is a final wrap-up session and a graduation celebration.   Attendance is mandatory for the orientation on September 2-3 (Thursday-Friday) at Wild Dunes Resort. After orientation, Leadership Charleston will meet for one all-day session per month from October through August. The monthly sessions are typically the third Thursday of each month. Only two absences for the one-day sessions will be allowed throughout the program. The schedule for each month’s session is below. Class members are also required to attend community meetings and a police ride-along on their own time outside of the monthly meetings.

  • September 2-3, 2021 (Thursday-Friday)
  • October 21, 2021 (Thursday)
  • November 18, 2021 (Thursday)
  • December 16, 2021 (Thursday)
  • January 20, 2022 (Thursday)
  • February TBD, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • March 17, 2022 (Thursday)
  • April 21, 2022 (Thursday)
  • May 19, 2022 (Thursday)
  • June 16, 2022 (Thursday)
  • July 21, 2022 (Thursday)
  • August 18, 2022 (Thursday)

Tuition for the Leadership Class of 2021 is $3,100 for participants employed by Chamber member firms. Upon acceptance to the class, tuition is due in full by August 19, 2021. Tuition fee payments are final and are not refundable once the applicant has accepted their spot in the class. The deadline to submit your application is July 16, 2021.

Thank you to our Class of 2022 sponsors

Presenting Sponsors
Team Building Sponsor
Training Sponsor

In Their Words

Leadership Charleston allowed me the opportunity to learn about important industries and issues in the region, along with tools to be a more effective and mindful leader.

Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie, Class of 2019

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