Application period opens for Columbia Chamber's leadership program

The Columbia Chamber is now accepting applications for its 10-month leadership program, Leadership Columbia.


Topics covered will include tourism, finance, health services, the arts and justice.   File photo

The Columbia Chamber is now accepting applications for its 10-month leadership program, Leadership Columbia.

The program, which has been held annually since 1972, will accept approximately 60 applicants to participate in this summer's session.

“Leadership Columbia builds the next generation of volunteers, CEOs, board members and entrepreneurs in our community,” Columbia Chamber President and CEO Carl Blackstone said. “The graduates of each class leave dedicated to making positive and lasting impact in the Midlands.”

Leadership Columbia helps individuals build skills. The program aims to motivate emerging community leaders while emphasizing social and community awareness. It also challenges individuals to apply their unique talents within their  communities and to become more involved in community activities.

“Leadership Columbia has a long history of providing potential leaders in Columbia with a foundation for making a difference," Josh Elliott, Leadership Columbia's advisory board chairman, said. "Our board has worked hard to integrate tangible leadership tools and skills development into the programming we offer. We are thrilled to continue shaping the program to fit the needs of our evolving community so that we can develop the best and brightest talent Columbia has to offer into the leaders we need and deserve.”

During the program, participants will take an in-depth look at the critical issues and opportunities within Columbia. Some of the topics covered will include finance, health services, the arts, tourism and justice.

To apply for Leadership Columbia, visit http://bit.ly/2iHghsf. Contact Elizabeth Cardell at ecardell@columbiachamber.com with any questions about the program.

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