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Leadership Grand Strand, a program of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for Class 42. The 10-month program begins August 2021 and seeks to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand.
The leadership program explores topics such as Grand Strand history, tourism and economic development, government and politics, education, law enforcement, human services and the arts. Alumni serve on community boards and commissions and in key decision-making positions throughout the Grand Strand.
“For more than four decades, LGS has developed future community leaders by providing a comprehensive overview of the area,” said Diana Greene, LGS executive director. “The program includes dedicated leadership training activities and gives participants a true behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Grand Strand.”
Leadership Grand Strand is open to citizens who have resided in Horry or Georgetown counties continuously for at least one year prior to the application date. Candidates may be nominated by an organization or may nominate themselves. Program participation is limited, with selection reflecting the demographic, geographic and professional diversity of the Myrtle Beach area.
Criteria for selection include evidence of leadership abilities, potential to provide leadership to the Grand Strand, interest in community affair, desire to volunteer and commitment to become more involved in the local community. Participants and their sponsoring organizations must be willing to invest the time required for members to fully participate in the program, which includes a two-day retreat in September, a full day of classes the first Thursday of each month and 75 hours of community service. Regular attendance is imperative and mandatory.
The cost of the program is $999 per person. Applications, along with three letters of reference, are due by June 30, 2021.
Scholarship opportunities are available through the William F. Pritchard Scholarship Fund and Bennie J. Swans Jr. Scholarship Fund. The William F. Pritchard Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to applicants who need tuition assistance and fit the selection criteria for the program. The amount and number of scholarships are determined by the LGS Board of Regents. The Bennie J. Swans Jr. Scholarship Fund will provide full tuition to one person from an underrepresented or marginalized group who is accepted to the program. The chamber’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council will select the recipient of the Bennie J. Swans Jr. scholarship.
Webinar: Learn About Leadership Grand Strand - Join Diana Greene, LGS executive director, as she takes you through all the details of the program from class sessions to leadership training to community service projects. Diana is going to bring along a few guests to give you their firsthand experience with LGS.
Choose a date and register today!
May 4, 9 a.m.
June 3, 3 p.m.
For more information, or to apply for the program and/or a scholarship, visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com or call 843-916-7222.
(application will download to the bottom of computer screen)
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