Leadership Institute
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The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute (LI) provides selected participants the opportunity to learn about issues facing our community, develop skills needed to enhance leadership strengths, and motivates participants to become involved in leadership roles throughout Greenville and Pitt County. Over the course of eight months, the program delivers a balanced combination of leadership training through a variety of activities and sessions.

The LI provides participants with the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with key community leaders.  Participants study the qualities that make an effective leader, analyze individual leadership roles, and develop personal leadership styles and skills. They are then challenged to apply their talents by joining professional associations, civic clubs, public boards and commissions.

The program will open your eyes to new challenges and opportunities and the role you can play in shaping the future of our community and region.

Applicants must be employed by a Chamber member business/organization in good standing and live and/or work in Pitt County to be considered for participation. All applicants are review by a selection committee and final participants are selected from all applicants.  Leadership potential, community interest and involvement, accomplishments, recommendations, and the ability to assume community responsibility are all taken into consideration during the selection process.  Applicants must have prior approval of their supervisor, if applicable for this commitment.

The Leadership Institute requires participants to meet twice a month from October - May.  The time commitments involves:

  • Welcome Reception/Orientation in September
  • Mandatory overnight retreat in September
  • Eight (8) program sessions from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Seven (7) 90-minute lunch sessions from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Session No. 8 is the class graduation in May from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn Where You Live assignment (not included within scheduled sessions)
  • Class project to be presented at graduation

Participants are allowed to miss only (2) two sessions during the program.  If a session is missed it may not be made up at a later date.  Any participant missing more than two sessions forfeits his/her opportunity to graduate.  No make-up days or work assignments will be given in order to graduate.  Arriving late or leaving early will be counted as a half-day’s absence.  If a participant is unable to attend a session, he/she must notify the Chamber’s coordinator or the Chairman of the Leadership Institute Advisory Board.  Attendance at the opening reception and the overnight retreat is required.

The overnight retreat for the 2016-17 program is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11 - Monday, Sept. 12.  Attendance is mandatory.  The retreat will take place at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores, NC.  Participants are required to arrive to the Trinity Center by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday and the retreat will adjourn at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.  Click here for directions.

The per person tuition fee for the Leadership Institute is $950.00.  The tuition fee covers all expenses associated with the program.  Cancellation after acceptance into the program, but prior to the retreat, results in forfeiture of 50% of the tuition.  No refund will be made if cancellation occurs during/after retreat.  Tuition must be paid in full by the due date listed on the application

Team 1 constructed a pergola on the grounds of the Beatrice Maye Floral Garden Park.  A literacy box was placed underneath the pergola.

Team 2 built elevated garden beds at the Senior Center.  Check out the video below.

For more information, please contact Kate Teel or call 252.752.4101 ext. 228.

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