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

Leadership Spartanburg 2014-2015 Meeting Dates:

September 8
Orientation (4-5pm) at the Chamber
September 25-26
Opening Retreat - Highland Lake Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC
October 16
Monthly Session - History (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
November 20
Monthly Session - Education (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
December 11
Monthly Session - Public Service (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
January 15
Monthly Session - Health & Wellness (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
February 19
Monthly Session - Local Issues (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
March 19
Monthly Session - Quality of Life/Arts (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
April 16
Monthly Session - Economic Development (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
May 7
Wrap Up - Project Presentations (2:00 p.m.)
May 14 Graduation Celebration (5:30 p.m.)

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.