• Apply now for the 25th Class of Leadership Rowan!

    Leadership Rowan Class of 2017-2018


    DEADLINE: 5 p.m. on Wed., May 25, 2017



    The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce has been presenting the Leadership Rowan program for 24 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; Public Education; Criminal Justice;  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 2017-2018 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 10, 4 p.m.,  an over-night Opening Retreat on August 17 – 18  and nine (9) Class Days from Sept. 2017  – May 2018 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., June 30.  Refunds must be requested in writing by Fri., August 4, 2017 (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/leadershiprowan/. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Wed., May 25, 2017.  For additional information, please contact Charlene Deese at the Chamber at (704) 633-4221 or cdeese@rowanchamber.com .



    May 25                       DEADLINE – applications

    June 30                     Tuition payment deadline

    Aug. 10, 4 p.m.         Kick-off Reception

    Aug. 17-18                Opening Retreat (over-night)

    Sept. 21                     History & Power Day

    Oct. 19                        Public Education Day

    Nov. 16                      Criminal Justice Day

    Dec. 14                      Human Needs Day


    Jan. 18                       Government Day

    Feb. 15                       Business & the Economy Day

    March 15                   Communications Day

    April 19                      Quality of Life Day

    May 18                       Graduation & Planning Day



  • 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.