Leadership Institute
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NC Chamber

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.

Click here to apply for Leadership Institute Class of 2018.

Presented by


Scott Allenspach, Realtor - Re/Max - Young Professionals

Charlene Ambrose-McGlon, Financial Sales Manager - First Citizens Bank

Bryant Beddard, Fire Marshal - City of Greenville

Claire Boyd, Operations Manager - Penco Products

Will Brinson, Area Business Manager - Hyster-Yale Group

Jack Brock, Attorney - Colombo-Kitchin Attorneys

Kylene Dibble, Executive Director - Parents for Public Schools

Deborah Dunbar, VP, Customer Service - Penco Products

Tracy Eskra, Dr, VPMA Clinical Efficiency & Documentation - Vidant Health

Leah Futrell, Director of Human Resources - City of Greenville

Christel Grazier, Vice President, OR and Procedural Services - Vidant Health

Chris Hill, WWTP Operations Coordinator - Greenville Utilities Commission

Brad Hufford, Associate Director - Pitt County Development Commission

Jennifer Johnson, Coordinator - Pitt County Schools

Tesha Jones, Store Manager - U.S. Cellular

Jim Kuras, Associate Director, Career Services - ECU

Aileen Mancini, Assistant General Manager - Rock Springs Center

Jamie McNeill, Supervisor, Working Capital Mgmt. - Hyster-Yale Group

Don Octigon, Recreation Manager - City of Greenville

Hunter Peyton, Small Business Specialist - BB&T

Colleen Sicley, Customer Service Supervisor - Greenville Utilities Commission

Janis Steele, Associate Director, Campus Recreation & Wellness - ECU

Nick Vick, Director, Tutorial & Academic Successes - Pitt Community College

Peter von Stein, Attorney - Ward and Smith, P.A.

Spencer Walston, Regional Direct Sales Manager - Suddenlink

Jordan Westbrook, Estimator - C.A. Lewis

Glenda White, CSR - Southern Bank

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
  • Seven (7) program sessions from 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 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 retreat will take place at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores, NC.  Attendance is mandatory.  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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