The Leadership Berkeley Class of 2012 has begun with an outstanding group of professionals. The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce announced the names of the participants last week. They are: Kim Browder, Moncks Corner Medical Center; Kimberly Chernomas, Berkeley County Water and Sanitation; Nina Davis, Miller-Motte Technical College; David Hamblin, Nucor Steel; Anne Jance, Santee Cooper Credit Union; Susan Jackson, Santee Cooper; Jessica Johnson, City of Goose Creek; PJ Johnson, PJ Johnson Insurance; Amy Kovach, Berkeley County School District; Benjamin Maxson, Alcoa Mt. Holly; Micah Miley, Berkeley Chamber Water and Sanitation; Marvin Mitchum Jr., Trident Technical College; Laura Morris, Berkeley County Government; Mary Morris, Home Telecom; Derrick Shuler, Nucor Steel; Stephen Slesinski, Nucor Steel; Joseph Thorndyke, Santee Cooper; and Abby Whitehead, Alcoa Mt. Holly.
Leadership Berkeley is a 10 month program that opens doors for business and community leaders who have the desire to understand the major components of the greater Berkeley County area and the aspiration to help shape our future. “The Chamber is extremely excited about another great leadership class learning about Berkeley County,” Chamber CEO Elaine Morgan said. “This new group will be on the cutting edge of what is going on in Berkeley County and learning what impacts our region. Leadership Berkeley was established in 1989. Up to 25 participants are selected annually. The selectees represent divers industries from various parts of our region. This journey offers participants an insider’s perspective into the inner working of our region.
Topics and sessions include:
- Orientation/Leadership Traits Development: Two-day training to bring the group together to learn the different leadership traits and styles.
- History/Culture: From our early roots to the hidden historic treasures, the group will explore the attributes that made Berkeley County strong and prosperous.
- Government: The class will learn more about how local and state government entities operate and integrate with business, and meet personally with the area’s most prominent leaders.
- Economic Development: The class will see why international companies such as Google, DuPont and Alcoa choose to call Berkeley County home.
- Law Enforcement/Judiciary: Class members will learn about all aspects of our legal system, from law enforcement to courts and incarceration.
- Environmental: A focus on the environmental issues facing our state and nation. A tour includes Berkeley County’s state-of-the-art Landfill Gas to Energy system.
- Healthcare: The group will visit facilities including the county’s award winning Berkeley County Rescue Squad, EMS, healthcare facilities and other healthcare providers. The 2012 class will graduated in November. For more information about how to become a member of next year’s Leadership Berkeley class, please contact the Berkeley Chamber at (843) 761-8238.