Leadership Spartanburg

Leadership Spartanburg Program

Leadership Spartanburg, founded in 1979 by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, is a nine-month course designed to better prepare leaders and volunteers for community service through exploration of issues, challenges and opportunities facing Spartanburg County now and in the future.


Leadership Spartanburg will prepare participants to work within their own community and the region as effective leaders capable of making decisions.  To learn more about the program, see details below.


The main objectives of Leadership Spartanburg are to:

  • Identify and select highly motivated and potential community leaders to participate in the program.
  • Systematically challenge the participants to become aware of, to examine, and to respond to the social and economic needs of the community.
  • Develop an espirit de corps among the participants, which will provide a common ground for working together on present and future community needs.
  • Identify organizational and individual opportunities for community involvement and assist in the placement of participants.

Time Commitment

Opening retreat in August followed by a nine-month curriculum September through May focusing on community information and issues.


Tuition for Leadership Spartanburg is $1300

How to Apply

Click here to request an application.


Leadership Spartanburg 2013-2014 Meeting Dates:

August 26
Orientation (4-5pm) at the Chamber
August 29
Opening Retreat (8:30-5pm) at River Bend Sportsman’s Resort
September 19
Monthly Session
October 17
Monthly Session
November 21
Monthly Session
December 19
Monthly Session
January 16
Monthly Session
February 20
Monthly Session
March 20
Monthly Session
April 17
Monthly Session
May 1
1/2 day closing retreat
May 15 Graduation Luncheon

Selection Criteria

  • Civic Involvement
  • Leadership Potential
  • Diversity Perspective
  • Commitment to the Leadership Program and the community

Session Topics May Include

  • Opening Retreat-Focusing on Team Building
  • The History of Spartanburg
  • Local and State Government
  • Community Health and Social Issues
  • Education
  • Diversity and Race Relations
  • Arts, Recreation and Quality of Life
  • Growth, Resource Management and Environment
  • Economic Development
  • Closing Retreat-Spartanburg's Future and Your Role in It

For additional information, contact Cindy Teaster at (864)594-5022.