• Apply now for the 24th Class of Leadership Rowan!

    Leadership Rowan Class of 2016-2017

     DEADLINE: 5 p.m. on Fri., May 27, 2016


    The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce has been presenting the Leadership Rowan program for 23 years with over 500 graduates. Already existing leaders and budding community volunteers are encouraged to apply for this elite program. For one day a month for nine-months, participants get an in-depth view of community issues, develop skills necessary to assume leadership roles and are exposed to community involvement opportunities. The nine session topics are: History and Power; Criminal Justice; Public Education; Human Needs; Government; Business and the Economy; Communications; and, Quality of Life.
    Leadership Rowan provides Class Members the opportunity to meet key community leaders. You will also work with your Class Members on important community homework projects and debate the issues of the day. The Opening Retreat SIMSOC exercise is one of the most powerful leadership development tools you will ever experience!   

     The 2016-17 program will feature topics such as: Social Media; Public Speaking; Crisis Communication; Conflict Management; Media Relations; Grant Funding; Economic Development (how incentives work); Entrepreneurial Development; and, Diversity Training.  

     Participants will study the qualities that make an effective leader, understand their own leadership styles and develop new skills that will help them in the workplace. They are then challenged to apply their talents by volunteering for local boards and commissions and possibly running for elected office.



    Participants are required to attend a Kickoff Reception on Thurs., August 18, 4 p.m.,  an over-night Opening Retreat on August 25 – 26  and nine (9) Class Days from Sept. 2016  – May 2017 on the Third Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (full day attendance at all sessions is required). All participants are required to ride on the bus for the Retreat and all Class Sessions.

     Each Class Day will be facilitated by Leadership Rowan graduates and other key leaders. Both the discussion leader and participants will be encouraged to speak freely from their experiences in political, social, cultural, education and economic facets of the community. By free exchange of ideas and experiences, you will develop a deeper understanding of the community.

     Those interested in the Leadership Rowan program need to make a serious commitment. Employers must agree in advance to grant participants time off from their duties to attend the full day and prepare for the session. Upon graduation, you will be presented with your personalized Leadership Rowan certificate in an attractive frame suitable for display in your office or home. Leadership Graduates are required to be on a team that plans one day for the next year’s Class.


    Tuition for the program is $800 for Chamber members and $1,200 for non-members.  This fee will cover the Reception, Opening Retreat, FREE tickets to the Chamber’s popular Power in Partnership breakfast meeting, Class Day Luncheon, snacks and program materials. The deadline for tuition payment is Fri., July 29, 2016.  Refunds must be requested in writing by Fri., August 5, 2016 (if the participant cannot attend the Opening Retreat). A limited number of not-for-profit (501 c-3) scholarships may be available. Please indicate on your application if you require a scholarship to participate. 

     Chamber member firms may send up to two key employee applicants per class. Ideal applicants are those that have demonstrated potential as community leaders and expect to remain in the region for at least the next two years. The Leadership Rowan Steering Committee will select the class members based solely on the application. Applications must be completed online at www.rowanchamber.com/pages/leadershiprowan1/. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Fri., May 27, 2016.  For additional information, please contact Charlene Deese at the Chamber at (704) 633-4221 or cdeese@rowanchamber.com .



      May 27                       DEADLINE – applications

      July 29                       Tuition payment deadline

      Aug. 18                      Kick-off Reception

      Aug. 25-26                Opening Retreat (over-night)

      Sept. 15                     History & Power Day

      Oct. 20                        Business & the Economy Day

      Nov. 17                      Public Education Day

      Dec. 15                      Human Needs Day


      Jan. 19                       Government Day

      Feb. 16                       Criminal Justice Day

      March 16                   Communications Day

      April 20                      Quality of Life Day

      May 18                       Graduation & Planning Day



  •  Leadership Rowan Application     
         Please complete the information below and print a copy for your records.

  • Employer Endorsement

  • Testimonials


    Dr. Amy


    W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center

    People should apply for Leadership Rowan to receive the real Rowan experience. There is so much available in Rowan County most people do not realize exist.



    Chandler Concrete

    It gives individuals a unique perspective of Rowan County, often times a look behind the scenes, of what makes Rowan County tick. And also, what makes it unique. It is an opportunityy to make relationships and connections with people you may otherwise never have an opportunity to meet.



    Partners in Learning

    Leadership Rowan is an excellent way to learn more about Rowan County. I have found that Rowan County is full of history, entertainment opportunities, and great people. Additionally the networking opportunities become endless. Not only are you able to engage with your team mates, but also business men and women throughout the county.



    Novant Health Foundation

    I can't imagine being an integral part of a community without doing Leadership.