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.

    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.

    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 22,2024

    September 5, 2024

    January 9, 2025

    October 3, 2024

    February 6, 2025

    November 7, 2024

    March 6, 2025

    December 5, 2024

    April 3, 2025

    Graduation May 1, 2025

    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

    Invest in Tomorrow's Leaders: Sponsor Leadership Statesville!
     Sponsoring the Leadership Statesville program with the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce offers a unique opportunity to connect with and shape the future leaders of our community. By supporting this program, you gain access to a talented pool of emerging professionals, build brand awareness amongst a powerful network, and solidify your commitment to fostering a thriving Statesville. It's a chance to invest in the future while reaping the rewards of community engagement today.

    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. 

    Leadership Advisory Board

    Jon Madison

    Chair, Doug Madison Realty

    John Childress

    The Greenbriar Grill & Banner Drug

    Hannah Scott

    Mitchell Community College

    Charles Ashe

    Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell

    Matthew Current


    Brett Eckerman

    United Way of Iredell County

    Nakayla Griffin

    City of Statesville

    Jerry Campbell

    Partners Behavioral Management

    Annisa Morton

    NC Department of Commerce - Workforce Solutions

    Richard Griggs

    City of Statesville Recreation & Parks

    Teresa Hilliard

    Children's Hope Alliance

    Dana Bell

    Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell

    Beth McKeithan

    The Dove House

    Sherry Ashley

    City of Statesville

    If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Viera.

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