January 18, 2018

Leadership Columbia Class of 2019 Applications Now Open!

January 16, 2018


Leadership Columbia Class of 2018-2019 Applications Now Open

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Chamber’s leadership program, Leadership Columbia, is now taking applications for the Class of 2019. Founded in 1972, the program is a 10-month course designed to provide our community with an enduring source of leaders who are prepared and committed to serving their region. Approximately 60 applicants will be selected this summer as the 46th Class of Leadership Columbia.

“Leadership Columbia creates a pipeline of the next generation of CEOs, volunteers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders who work with others and plan for the future,” said Carl Blackstone, Columbia Chamber President and CEO. “Strong business leaders who see the vision for the region’s potential create a promising foundation for businesses and communities to thrive.”

A skills-building program, Leadership Columbia aims to: identify and motivate emerging community leaders; provide an educational experience with a strong emphasis on social and community awareness; and challenge participants to apply their talents within their community while providing an opportunity to become involved.

“Leadership Columbia teaches more than business and economic development, it teaches young professionals to care for the community they live in by exposing them to real issues present in our community,” said current Leadership Columbia Advisory Board Chair, Marshall Minton. “The Advisory Board makes sure that the skills learned through Leadership Columbia are tangible and useful in every professional field and is always looking to ways to shape the program as the community changes.”

The class curriculum includes an in-depth look at the critical issues and opportunities within the community. Through hands-on experiences the candidates fully explore topics such as: education, politics, government, arts, economic development, finance, health services, criminal justice, law enforcement, military affairs, tourism and many more.

“Leadership Columbia provides a unique learning experience with the best in Columbia and helps to shape young professionals’ careers with hands-on activities in real businesses across the Midlands,” stated Hilary Dyer Brannon, Leadership Columbia Advisory Board Chair-Elect.

Apply to the Leadership Columbia class of 2019 HERE. For questions, please contact Charlotte Bian-Lingle at

About Leadership Columbia

Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Columbia Chamber. The 10-month program provides emerging and existing leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For over 40 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders.

For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit or contact Charlotte Bian-Lingle at 803.733.1146.

About Columbia Chamber

The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, partner-driven organization comprised of 1,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its Partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a Partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit

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