Registration for Leadership Columbia Class of 2020 in underway


Leadership Columbia helps prepare the next generation of CEOs, volunteers, entrepreneurs and community leaders to make a significant impact.   File photo

Applications for Leadership Columbia's Class of 2020 is now open.  

About 60 applicants will be chosen to take part in the Columbia Chamber leadership program, which is a 10-month course that aims to groom community leaders.

“Leadership Columbia helps prepare the next generation of CEOs, volunteers, entrepreneurs and community leaders to make a significant impact,” Columbia Chamber President and CEO Carl Blackstone said. “Businesses and communities thrive when strong business leaders can articulate a vision for the region’s future and are willing to work to achieve it.”

With a strong focus on community and social awareness, the program will mold participants by challenging them to apply their skills within their community. The hands-on experience equips participants to take a deep look into different social and community concerns including but not limited to economic development, health, finance and tourism.

“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,” Leadership Columbia Advisory Board Chair Hilary Dyer Brannon said. “The Advisory Board makes sure that the skills learned through Leadership Columbia are transferable and useful in every professional field and is always looking for ways to shape the program as the community changes.”

This will be the 47th class of the annual program. Registration ends March 8. For further inquiries, contact Charlotte Bian-Lingle at cbian-lingle@columbiachamber.com.

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