The 58 program participants will spend the next 10 months working with community leaders and organizations to learn about the challenges facing the Charleston area. The program focuses on issues such as infrastructure, workforce development and global competitiveness.
“The Leadership Charleston program provides our up-and-coming leaders the opportunity to learn about our community, to collaborate with their peers and to find areas in which they can contribute their talent in moving our community forward,” Mary Garcia, senior vice president of BNC Bank, said in a statement.
The program consists of monthly meetings, each covering a different regional issue. Sometimes presenters speak at the meeting and other times participants go on outings, such as a police ride-along or a trip to the Statehouse in Columbia.
Participants are also asked to attend one community meeting a month, which could be a city council meeting or school board meeting. They also participate in Trident United Way’s Day of Caring, which this year is on Nov. 17.
Participants are expected to continue being active in the community after graduating the program.
“It’s a community leadership program,” said Erin Aylor, vice president of marketing for the chamber. “It’s really engaging these participants in our community and helping them grow as leaders to make community impact.”
Leadership Charleston class of 2018
Lindsay Van Slambrook
Buist Byars & Taylor LLC
Carolina One Commercial Real Estate
Charleston Animal Society
Charleston County – Transportation Development
Charleston County Aviation Authority
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
College of Charleston
Charleston Trident Association of Realtors
Davis & Floyd Inc.
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Elliott Davis Decosimo LLC
First Citizens Bank
Frampton Construction Co.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.
Hendrick Automotive Group
Hightower Construction Co.
InterContinental Hotels Group
Jill Rowley LLC
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
LS3P Associates Ltd.
McNair Law Firm P.A.
Medical University of South Carolina
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nexsen Pruet LLC
O.L. Thompson Construction Co. Inc.
Sandis Civil Engineers Surveyors Planners
S.C. Federal Credit Union
South State Bank
Southern First Bank
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects Inc.
The Brandon Agency
The Reveer Group
Thomas and Hutton
Trident Technical College
Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A.
Welch, Roberts, Amburn & Hutto LLC