Creating Leaders for Over 38 Years

Are you the next Leader in the Lowcountry? In our flagship Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program, participants get a deep dive into the social, economic, government, culture, and educational aspects of southern Beaufort County while completing a project that meets a need in the community. 

The Leadership class is open to professionals living and working in southern Beaufort County.

Leadership is a skill worth cultivating and your Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has been doing just that for over 38 years.

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 projects stay a part of the community long after graduation.

Why do we take the time to invest in our members and their leadership capabilities? Because we look at business from a 30,000-foot view. We know that the leaders created and cultivated today will make a difference in our community in the coming years.

The Leadership Class runs annually from August 2024 through May 2025 with a graduation ceremony in June 2025. 

Questions? Please contact Events & Programs Manager Lauren Ericksen, [email protected].


The Leadership Class of 2024
Standing back row, from left to right: Ryan Larson, James Dismond, Ryan Williams, Jeb Bush, Bethany Marcinkowski, Jamie Mitchell
Standing front row, from left to right: Joann Faison, Lee Jenkins, Victoria Smalls, Jessica Bigos, Benny Mullins, Kim Bortle, Claudia Reid
Seated, from left to right: Brooke Mingledorff, Lori Trimble, Kimberly Shedd, Liz Trujillo, Emily Kraus, Nicol Rupolo



Thank you to our 2023-2024 Board of Regents!

Brian Neumann, Chair, Class of 2014
Adam Martin, Vice-Chair, Class of 2022
Lynn King, Past Chair , Class of 2014
Joan Richardson, Treasurer, Class of 2022
Kiley Fusco, Secretary, Class of 2014
Taylor Ladd, CEAS, Class of 2018
Cinda Seamon, Mentor Coordinator, Class of 1991
Brandon Arent, Book Presentations, Class of 2019
Jesse Baker, Class of 2023
John Carroll, Class of 2017
James Ellis, Class of 2017
Bryant Gordillo, Class of 2018
Catherine Scarminach, Class of 2015
Cary Welker, Class of 2023

Thank you to our 2023-2024 Leadership Program Sponsors!

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Discover in-depth, impactful projects our previous classes have worked on over the years. 


See how Lowcountry professionals have come together to learn about the local area and determine ways they can contribute to the community.


Contribute to the continuation and success of our leadership program.

Leadership Alumni Association

Are you a graduate of the Leadership program?

Congratulations Class of 2023


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