Through community immersion and interactions with diverse leaders, Leadership Charleston is cultivating leaders and igniting the advancement of the Charleston metro. For 50 years, the Chamber has been offering an intensive and up-close look at the most challenging issues and opportunities facing our region. This year-long program engages our region's brightest leaders in uniquely crafted experiences that inform and engage participants so that they can have a meaningful impact on the future of our region.
Leadership Charleston is a year-long program that engages participants in experiences that help them become better community leaders.
We are excited to welcome the newest Leadership Charleston class, with over 70 business leaders! Upon graduating in August 2023, class participants will become Leadership Charleston Alumni a distinguished group of leaders that includes Chamber Board of Directors, elected officials and prominent local leaders.
Leadership Charleston begins with an orientation session on September 7-8 at Wild Dunes Resort and then meets one full day per month from September 2023 through July 2024. Each of these monthly program days is focused on a facet of the community (i.e. local government, military, philanthropy, economic development, etc.). August 2024 is a final wrap-up session and a graduation celebration. Attendance is mandatory for the orientation on September 7-8 (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 three 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.
Tuition for the Leadership Class of 2024 is $3,400 for participants employed by Chamber member firms. Upon acceptance to the class, tuition is due in full by August 11, 2023. Tuition fee payments are final and are not refundable once the applicant has accepted their spot in the class.
- Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie, Class of 2019