Selection and Course Schedule:

The Union County Leadership Institute solicits applications from all Chamber members and their associates.  Nominations are received and Leadership Students are selected on their own merits through the application process conducted by the Leadership Institute Selection Committee.  The class meets on the first Thursday of each month, beginning in October, to discuss critical issues and topics as well as leadership skill building through the program’s completion in May.

Leadership Students are empowered to be an integral part of the class day planning process and, therefore, enabled to be visionary and active leaders in the community as they explore critical issues with knowledgeable speakers, effective facilitators and a variety of experimental activities.  Leadership Students are also required to complete a community-directed research project aimed at affecting the quality of life in Union County. 

The yearly schedule is as follows:


 August – Orientation Meeting

September – Team Building and Class Projects

October – Leadership & Class Research

November – Economic Development

December – Education

January – Health

February – Safety & Justice

March – Governmental Infrastructure

April – Fire Fighter 101

May – Presentation of Projects/Survivor’s Challenge & Banquet (At the Banquet, graduates will be inducted into the Leadership Institute Alumni Network


The Leadership Institute Selection Committee looks for several qualities in potential students.  In order to be selected, applicants must: Possess high standards of personal quality and integrity – Demonstrate a sincere interest in community issues and a willingness to serve the community – Show a record of achievement or interest in community activities which indicate his/her leadership ability – Live or work in Union County and intend to remain so in the foreseeable future.

A diligent effort will be made to select class members who represent a cross section of Chamber businesses; it is this business, geographic and demographic diversity among class members that generates much of the meaningful personal interaction and personal learning in the leadership program.


To apply for Leadership Institute, please call the Chamber of Commerce to schedule an interview.


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Leaders aren’t born, they are made.  And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.  And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. – Vince Lombardi