Professional Development

Leadership Programs

We Help Leaders Grow

The Chamber offers programs focused on helping talent become better leaders and citizens, targeted to serve specific groups at different stages of their career paths. We are committed to leadership development as a source of talent development and recruitment.

Through community awareness, education and hands-on experience, the Leadership programs aim to provide the region with an ongoing source of leaders that are prepared and committed to serve as catalysts of positive change in our region.

Cultivating, inspiring and challenging our region’s leaders

Leadership Charleston

For 48 years, the Chamber has offered Leadership Charleston, a year-long program offering an intensive and up-close look at the most challenging issues and opportunities facing our region – Leadership Charleston engages participants in experiences that help them become better community leaders.

Learning from experienced leaders

Leadership Discovery

Leadership Discovery is an accelerated leadership development program for growing professionals and middle managers designed to heighten personal leadership characteristics and skills. Through Leadership Discovery, future leaders will learn from established regional leaders and class peers in this unique mentor-based 3-month program.

Applications are now closed for Fall 2022!

Are you interested in taking your minority-owned business to the next level?

Civic Leaders Academy

Civic Leaders Academy is an advanced and informative public service training program designed to identify, cultivate and train individuals from across our region to both run for public office and serve on appointed boards and commissions. Through the Civic Leaders Academy, individuals will gain a better understanding of data-driven decision making, strong peer relationships and valuable community connections.

Charleston Insight

We invite senior executives who are new to Charleston or new to their position, along with their spouse or partner, to join us for a program like nothing else you’ve experienced in our region. Participants will gain an intensive and up-close look at the most challenging issues and opportunities facing our region, while also networking with peers and fast-tracking their connectivity to our community.

See who is working to identify high-growth minority-owned businesses and develop an African American board pipeline for non-profit organizations.

A professional women’s series


Thrive provides a platform for connection, information and inspiration among female business leaders and rising female professionals. Women within Chamber member companies will gain knowledge about topics that impact their professional lives and will help to encourage and motivate each other to continue making positive impacts in our region and the world.

Immersive experience to gain insight into another metro

Metro Leadership Visit

Each year, a delegation of local leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors travel to other communities to garner insight on best practices and program ideas. Innovative ideas introduced during the visit may then be adapted and implemented in the Charleston Region. Learn more about the 2022 Metro Leadership Visit as we take Boston!

Facilitating Cross-Metro Dialogues

SC Leadership Exchange

Join leaders from South Carolina’s three largest metros to discuss the most critical issues facing our state and communities. We will come together virtually to build a shared vision for our state’s future that creates prosperity for all.

The Charleston Metro Chamber, Columbia Chamber and Greenville Chamber are joining forces to inform and drive conversations around:

  • The Urban-Rural Divide
  • Fueling a 21st Century South Carolina Economy
  • Building an Ecosystem to Ensure Minority Business Success
  • Building Infrastructure Systems for the Future
  • And more…

Your Leadership Programs Team

Senior Vice President of Community Advancement
Adrian Cain
Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Richard Waring
Associate Vice President of Leadership
Therese Gordon
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Grace Hamilton
Executive Fellow of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Consultant
Kenya Dunn
The Power-Filled Woman