Leadership Berkeley is a 10-month program that opens doors for business and community leaders who have the desire to understand all the major components of Greater Berkeley County; along with the aspiration to have the knowledge to help shape the future of our area. This program offers an opportunity to meet with local and state leaders while gaining knowledge of the issues and what makes Berkeley
County continue to prosper.
…a program that opens doors for business and community leaders…The program begins with a two-day orientation, where you and your classmates will gain valuable leadership training while starting your lifelong bond. Then, once a month, you will enjoy hands-on opportunities and on-site sessions at various agencies, government entities and organizations throughout the county.
Leadership Berkeley provides a unique education, while helping you develop important connections. The lifelong relationships you establish with your Leadership Berkeley classmates will carry over to both your business and personal life. Additionally, the opportunities to meet and discuss with the business/community leaders and elected officials gives you the insight to better understand and even help address critical issues affecting our region and state.
…an expert understanding of the inner-workings of Berkeley County.Our proven leadership program will help develop and refine a multitude of skills – from leadership, to interpersonal communications and cultivating relationships. Your participation will also increase your company’s community exposure. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to help your company:
Leadership Berkeley was established in 1989. Up to twenty-five participants are selected annually. The selectees represent diverse industries from various parts of our region. If you are committed to the ongoing growth and future development of one of South Carolina’s fastest growing counties, then we invite you to become one of the over 500 community leaders who proudly call themselves Leadership Berkeley alumni.
By the time you graduate, you will have gained an expert understanding of the inner-workings of Berkeley County.
Orientation/Leadership Traits Development – Two-day training to bring the group together to learn the different leadership traits and styles.
History/Culture – From the forming of our county to the hidden historic treasures, learn the foundation which made Berkeley County strong and prosperous. This session includes a tour of plantation homes that are not open to the public.
Government – Learn more about how local and state government entities operate and integrate with business. Meet personally with the area’s most prominent leaders, from local mayors and the Berkeley County Supervisor to members of the SC State House and SC Senate.
Economic Development – See why international companies such as Google, DuPont and Alcoa choose to call Berkeley County home. Includes a tour of the Port of Charleston – one of the premier economic engines in the state.
Law Enforcement/Judiciary – Focus on all legal aspects of the court system, from law enforcement, to incarceration. Includes a tour of a maximum security facility housing death row inmates for South Carolina.
Environmental – Focus on the environmental issues facing our state and nation. Tour includes several locations along with a state-of-the-art Landfill Gas to Energy system.
Healthcare – Spend a jammed packed day visiting facilities from our award winning Berkeley County Rescue Squad, EMS, healthcare facilities and other healthcare providers.