Leadership Development

Applications for Leadership Columbia Class of 2021 have closed.

Founded by the Columbia Chamber in 1972, Leadership Columbia strives to provide our community with an enduring source of diverse leaders who are prepared and committed to serving their region.

Each year, 60 candidates are chosen based on community involvement, capacity for leadership, commitment to improving the Midlands, and an interest in enhancing their capabilities.

This ten-month program includes a two-day retreat, nine monthly day-long sessions, and a class project.

The program focuses on showing the candidates an in-depth look at the critical issues facing the community. Through hands-on experiences, the candidates fully explore topics such as: education, politics and government, arts and culture, economic development, finance, health and human services, criminal justice and law enforcement, military affairs, as well as environment and tourism.

Such an intensive examination of these issues gives the candidates the information and confidence to make a positive change in our community.

The program culminates with a graduation ceremony and the unveiling of the class project. Once graduated, our candidates become alumni of the program and continue their impact on our region.

Leadership Columbia has more than 2,000 alumni serving communities all across the United States.

If you are interested in Leadership Columbia, please email Hilary Bell.

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