Columbia Chamber Introduces Leadership Columbia Graduate Series

Want to find out what it’s like to sit on a city or town council?

Participants in the Leadership Columbia Graduate Series will get that opportunity on Feb. 28. Advanced Political Systems is the second session of the new graduate series that was launched earlier this year. Faculty from the South Carolina Municipal Association will lead a unique role-playing workshop during which class members will become a city council, address a key issue and gain perspective on the inner workings of municipal governments.

Any graduate of any chamber-based leadership program is eligible to register for the program. Registration is $225 for the series or $85 per individual session. Leadership Columbia graduates receive a $50 discount for the series. For information, call 803-733-1123, or register on-line.

The remaining class sessions will focus on Global Awareness, March 27, and Strategic Nonprofit Leadership, April 24.

The Global Awareness session will feature Ambassador Mark Green, senior director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Third Army Commander, Shaw Air Force Base, Dr. Hildy Teegen, dean of the USC Darla Moore School of Business; and Dr. Andy Spicer, associate professor of International business, USC Darla Moore School of Business.

Participants will enhance their global perspective and learn about the impact of international business on South Carolina’s economy. They will delve into resource conflicts already affecting international relations.

Strategic Nonprofit Leadership – Focus on Mission Delivery in April will focus on learning skills to become a better leader by focusing on the mission rather than the organization. Become adept at developing partnership relationships and shared resources to help your nonprofit advance its mission. Gain practical knowledge to take you from the board of directors to the executive committee – or board chair – of your organization.

The session will be taught by Allison Black Cornelius of Blackfish Strategies.

Leadership Columbia Graduate Series is brought to you by BB&T.

About Leadership Columbia
Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The 10 month program provides existing and emerging leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For more than 30 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders. For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit or contact Katherine Swartz at 803.733.1123.

About the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its members and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit


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