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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 these talented locals selected for the Class of 2018:

Leadership 2017-2018

2017-2018 Class

Standing, from left: David Martin (McNair Law Firm), Jennifer Weidner (Hargray Communications), Nicole Shultz (The Richardson Group), Kate Boardman (Seacoast Insurance), Sunny Hunt (Hunt Interaction), Kenneth Frazier Jr. (Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority), Taylor Ladd (Town of Hilton Head Island), Lauren Sturre (Broad Creek Public Service District), Justin Faucette (Joan Kelly Group At Keller Williams Realty), Courtney McNeil (Telfair Museums), Michael Murphy (United Way of the Lowcountry), Laurie Laykish (Engel & Volkers), Bryant Gordillo (Apple Billing), Debbie Myers (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Kate McCullion (Vacation Homes of Hilton Head), Debbie Cahoon (Community Foundation of the Lowcountry),

Seated, from left: Jesse Rangel (Morgan Stanley), Melanie Thomas (Covert Aire, LLC), Cathy Jones-Gooding (Town of Hilton Head Island), Latoya Salters (Coastal States Bank), Kimberly Morris (Wyndham Vacation Rentals), Jordyn Lipthratt (Royal United Mortgage), Kelli Brunson (Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce), Andrew Davis (Sign D’sign)