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What is Leadership Anderson County?
The Leadership Anderson County Advisory Board 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.

Please email Marsha@andersoncountychamber.org to be added to the Waiting List for Class of 2024!

What is the selection process? 
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. Twenty-five participants are selected based on the following criteria: Demonstrated commitment to serve 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 90% of the scheduled sessions.

What is the time commitment and cost?

Program Days are normally held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Time Commitment: Sessions are held monthly, September – April

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

Participants are allowed two absences during the program year to be eligible for graduation.

Orientation is mandatory.

State Government Trip to Nashville is mandatory.



Non-refundable full tuition is $1,500.00 – this includes a shared room in Nashville.

Non-refundable full tuition is $1,650.00 – with private room in Nashville.


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 on a daily basis. 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 dinner.



Steven Brooks, Chair,  SL Tennessee, LLC

Sara Knight, Co-Chair Elect, Y-12 Federal Credit Union

Margaret Durgin, Secretary, Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County Tennessee, Inc.

Christy Davis, Member-At-Large, Y-12 Federal Credit Union




Rick Meredith, President, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce

Marsha Stapleton, Program Director, 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.