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What is Leadership Anderson County?
The Leadership Anderson County Advisory Committee has designed a course curriculum to develop emerging leaders, while simultaneously promoting the importance and strengths of our community. This program promotes leadership development, facilitates networking with other professionals in the community, and allows an opportunity for community service throughout the year. Local business leaders, public officials, and individuals in the Anderson County community are all invited to apply to the program.

2024-2025 Program Schedule  

* Mandatory Attendance

(schedule subject to change)

7:45 am – 5:00 pm

Orientation Day 1 – Monday, July 15, 2024 *

Orientation Day 2 – Tuesday, July 16, 2024 *

Arts/ Tourism/ Culture – Tuesday, August 13, 2024

Health & Community – Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Class Community Project – TBD (week of September 23-27, 2024) *

City Government – October 15, 2024

County Government – November 12, 2024

Industry – December 3, 2024

Technology – January 14, 2025

Education – February 11, 2025

State Government (Nashville overnight) – February 24/25, 2025*

Agriculture – March 4, 2025

Media –  April 8, 2025

Graduation – April 29, 2025 *


LAC Application 2025 Fillable

Please return the application to Marsha@andersoncountychamber.org

by July 1, 2024

What is the selection process? 
Limited to Twenty-five, participants are selected based on the following criteria: Demonstrated commitment to serving the Anderson County community, current or potential leadership role within their organization or business, interest in pursuing a community leadership role, and commitment to attend the scheduled sessions. Businesses, organizations, or individuals may nominate and sponsor candidates for the program. Businesses and  organizations are encouraged to sponsor a candidate from the community through our scholarship fund.

What is the time commitment and cost?

Program Days are typically held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. (some exceptions apply)

Time Commitment: Sessions are held from July – April

Participants are expected to commit to full-day attendance and travel on the transportation provided.

Participants are held to a strict attendance policy upon acceptance into the program.

Tuition: Non-refundable full tuition is $1,750.00 (includes all meals, travel & lodging)

What does the Leadership program include?

The program will focus on how the dynamics of local businesses and city, county, and state governments impact economic and community development. Class members will be introduced to business leaders and elected officials who influence the private and public sectors daily. The curriculum includes sessions on Applied Leadership Skills, Team Building, and Project Management. Tours of the area will cover all aspects of Anderson County and an overnight trip to Nashville for an opportunity to make connections at the state level and have a photo with the Governor. Once the program is completed graduates will be honored at a special graduation event.


2024 Chair – Sara Knight, Y-12 Credit Union

2025 Chair-Elect – Scott Page, SL Tennessee, LLC

Steven Brooks, SL Tennessee, LLC

Regina Copeland, Anderson County Trustee

Christy Davis, Y-12 Credit Union

Margaret Durgin, Child Advocacy Center of Anderson Co, TN

Chris Enix, Lake City Elementary 

Kristen Otto, Emory Valley Center

Eric Patterson, CNS/Y-12 Security Complex

Ryan Sutton, Anderson County Schools Communication / ACTV

Angela Sylvester, City of Clinton

Kristin Waldschlager, CNS/Y-12 Security Complex

Candace Watson, Clinton High School 


Rick Meredith, President, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce

Marsha Stapleton, Event Coordinator, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Anderson County alumni are available for questions about the program. For more information please call the Chamber office at (865) 457-2559 or email: marsha@andersoncountychamber.org.