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Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton

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The mission of the Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton program is to systematically inform, challenge and educate the participants regarding opportunities and needs in the community, as well as the dynamics and social and economic change; to create a dialogue and rapport among the participants and existing community leaders; and to identify organization and individual opportunities for community involvement and assist in the placement of participants in these positions.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce began its Leadership program in 1985. It was designed to cultivate leadership resources within the community by giving participants the opportunity to study and experience the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie and Daufuskie Island communities, including their history, government, economy, human services and culture.

The curriculum provides broad-based leadership perspectives to familiarize participants with the area’s challenges, opportunities and resources. It also includes a class initiated community project challenging participants to explore current needs and issues first hand.

The Leadership Class runs annually from August through May. For more information on applying for Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton, please click here.

Congratulations to this year’s class!


Aaron Benton, Mortgage Network Inc.; Thomas Bouthillet, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue; Rob Dills, Dills Law Firm; Cassidy Dunn, Okatie Youth Ballet; Brannon Edgerton, eviCore healthcare; Michelle Elliott, Weichert Coastal Real Estate; Allen Freeman, Freeman Wealth Advisors; Ansley Goodman, South Atlantic Bank; Josh Gruber, Town of Hilton Head Island; Elaine Hatala, World Financial Group; Nicole Hinnant-Locke, Lowcountry Food Bank; Melody Jones, Pinnacle Plastic Surgery; Amanda Keefer, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School; Hallie Martin, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce; Teri Rough, Carey & Company P.A.; Tierra Schaffer, Charter One; Blair Streitenberger, Lowcountry Legal Solutions, LLC; Paula Tilley, Cross Schools; and Peter Vukelic, The Travel Team.