Leadership Statesville Project for 2024: The Foundry House Statesville
Help us fund The Foundry House Project to improve the outdoor space and landscaping for their residents to help in their recovery.


To create an inviting, beautiful outdoor area for fellowship and healing during their recovery process. We need to raise an estimated $25,000 for costs and/or labor.

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The program challenges each participant not only to be an effective and influential leader within their own organization but to lead within our greater community through personal commitment and involvement.

Leadership Statesville has educated and equipped hundreds of Statesville residents since 1988 with information about the social, economic, and political dynamics of our community.

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Leadership Statesville Mission Statement

    Leadership Statesville exists to cultivate and connect the leadership community in Statesville and Iredell County by:

    1. Providing hands on leader development, education and local connections in order to optimize participant impact in their businesses, non-profits and the community at large.
    2. Enhancing growth by connecting to state and regional leadership resources and providing alumni avenues to use individual strengths and talents to benefit our local area.

    Training business and professional people to assume community leadership roles is one way to ensure a continuing pipeline of leadership talent. Since 1988, hundreds of local community leaders have participated in Leadership Statesville.

    Click here to apply for the 2024-2025 Leadership Statesville Class

    What to expect during Leadership Statesville

    Leadership Statesville partners with Cool Spring Center to provide hands on leadership development.  Each participant is given a Path Element Profile that helps them discover who they are at the core.

    A diverse group of existing and potential leaders is assembled for the program to better understand themselves,  their peers,  their community, and more. 

    The program includes the following key elements:

    Orientation/Retreat—to review the year long experience and to set the stage for growth.  The class is able to create their own identity, build a strong bond with each other, and begin to gain a solid understanding of how to work together as growing leaders. 

    Day Sessions—one session per month totaling 7 individual, full day sessions designed to explore various aspects of the community that often dive into local issues, areas of community need, and current community resources.  Participants will see aspects of the community they might not have seen before as well as have the opportunity to interact with various community and business leaders. 

    In total, the program is a 9 month stretch to grow personally and professionally and to prepare to be a more effective leader in the community.  The program concludes with a graduation reception to honor the participants and to encourage them to take the next step in their leadership journey. 

    The program expectations require about 10-15 hours per month through the full day monthly sessions, group project commitment, and other outside learning experiences throughout the program.   Eligibility for graduation requires not missing more than 1 full session, 2 half sessions, 3 tardys, or a combination of these.

    Program Dates (subject to change)

    Orientation August 24,2023

    September 7, 2023                     January 11, 2024

    October 5, 2023                         February 1, 2024

    November 2, 2023                     March 7, 2024

    December 7, 2023                     April 11, 2024

    Graduation May 2, 2024           

    Community Project

    One of the program’s objectives and requirements is for the class to complete a community project.  The process of selecting, planning, and implementing a sustainable project significantly helps grow leadership skills as well as improve our community.  The Leadership Class will have to select a project together and work through the challenges and joys of a implementing a sustainable project that will impact our community.


    These fees cover all expenses of the program to include the full day retreat, leadership assessment, meals, speakers, refreshments, transportation and graduation. 

    $950 for Chamber Member Businesses in good standing

    $1,050 for Non Chamber Members/Community

    Apply for Leadership Statesville 2024-2025 Here

    Leadership Advisory Board

    Jon Madison, Chair, Doug Madison Realty

    John Childress, The Greenbriar Grill & Banner Drug         

    Charles Ashe, Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell

    Brett Eckerman, United Way of Iredell County    

    Jerry Campbell, Partners Behavioral Management

    Richard Griggs, City of Statesville Recreation & Parks       

    Dana Bell, Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell          

    Hannah Scott, Mitchell Community College

    Matthew Current, Doosan

    Nakayla Griffin, City of Statesville

    Annisa Morton,  NC Department of Commerce - Workforce Solutions

    Teresa Hilliard, Children's Hope Alliance

    Beth McKeithan, The Dove House

    Sherry Ashley, City of Statesville

    Cool Spring Center Partnership

    Leadership Statesville is pleased to announce the partnership with the Cool Spring Center.  They use results-focused leadership development tools, effective and fun teambuilding, and strategic power tools to empower your teams to do their best. 

    If you have any questions please contact Shannon Viera

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