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Chamber Honors the Graduates of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2018

Chamber Honors the Graduates of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2018

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Chamber Honors the Graduates of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2018
Chapel Hill, NC: On August 23, 2018, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and its Partnership for a Sustainable Community honored the graduates of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2018 (Leadership). This annual program, now in its 34th year, is designed to inform, develop, and engage committed and emerging local leaders.

(The 2018 Class of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Staff)

“The commitment that the Class of 2018 put into this year’s Leadership program was palpable,” said Aaron Nelson, President and CEO of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. “Today, we honor their successful completion of this exciting four-month journey and celebrate what they have learned and accomplished and the meaningful, personal commitments they have made to be of service to our community.”

The 2018 Class is a diverse group comprised of 29 entrepreneurs, health care administrators, nonprofit directors, public servants, real estate experts, and more. They now join the ranks of more than 600 Leadership Alumni. 

The Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Class of 2018:
  • Rachel Bearman, Executive Director, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels
  • Mary Bus, System Manager, UNC Health Care
  • Rebecca Buzzard, Program Manager, Carrboro Economic and Community Development
  • Vicky Cruz, Workforce Development Coordinator, El Centro Hispano
  • Martina Evans, Sales Manager, Atma Hotel Group
  • Jamila Ezell, Patient Services Manager, UNC Health Care
  • John Falk, Associate Operational Project Manager, UNC Health Care
  • Crystal Fisher, Realtor, Weaver Street Realty
  • Katy Gilliam, Communications and Marketing, Bryan Properties, Inc
  • Kendra Groff, Director of Women's Services, UNC Health Care
  • Rachel Heggen, Communications Manager, Carrboro Economic and Community Development
  • Kelly Holcombe, Privacy, Ethics, and Corporate Policy Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Alice Jacoby, Associate Director of Engagement, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
  • Jimmie Jones, Director of Sales, Atma Hotel Group
  • Kate Kryder, Co-Curricular Leadership Development Program Coordinator, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Micara Lewis Sessoms, Assistant Dean, Durham Technical Community College
  • Beth MacIntosh, Clinical Nutrition Manager, UNC Health Care
  • Brittany McCombs, Call Center Manager, UNC Hospital
  • Karen Mills, Assistant Revenue / Reservations Manager, Carolina Inn
  • Michael Mineer, Sergeant, Chapel Hill Police Department
  • Laura Pelletier, Director of Sales, SpringHill Suites Durham/Chapel Hill
  • Nick Pittman, Transit Planning Coordinator, Town of Chapel Hill
  • Amy Rix, Project Manager/Marketing, Piedmont Health
  • Samantha Simons, Senior Youth Director, Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA
  • Leon Smith, Director of Operations, Louise Beck Properties, Inc.
  • Tinesha Smith, Site Director, Piedmont Health
  • Darrell Wall, Owner, Wall Landscaping, LLC
  • Vanessa Watson, Member Relations Specialist, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Jade Young, Director of Sales, AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown
Together, these graduates spent the last four months experiencing and reflecting on the many contours of critical issues throughout Greater Chapel Hill, ranging from education and health care to economic development and the environment. Highlights from this year’s program included:
  • High ropes course at Triangle Training Center
  • Guided bus tour through Orange and Chatham County
  • Walking tours of downtown Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough, including Riverwalk
  • Community passport commitments, including the police patrol ride along, attending a public meeting, and taking public transportation
  • Behind the scenes tours of the local hospital, senior center, library, thrift shop, water treatment facility, and local business incubation spaces
  • Professional development sessions including etiquette and diversity awareness training 
The capstone for this year’s Class was collectively raising more than $13,000 for a local nonprofit called Extraordinary Ventures and a scholarship for a participant in next year’s Leadership Class. This group act of service is called a Small Miracle and is a celebrated requirement of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Chamber President Aaron Nelson declared this the most successful Small Miracle in the 34-year history of the Leadership program.

The graduation celebration took place in two consecutive events at the Friday Center for Continued Education in Chapel Hill. First, the Graduates were recognized during the State of the Community Report and newly-elected Class President Kate Kryder of UNC-Chapel Hill delivered remarks. Immediately following, the Class enjoyed a private graduation ceremony with guests. View pictures from the ceremony. Graduation ceremony speakers included:
  • Hillsborough Mayor, Tom Stevens
  • Triangle Training Center Founder, Bill Delano
  • Community Home Trust Manager, Camille Berry, who is a 2015 Graduate of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro
  • Chamber Vice President, Katie Loovis, who is a 2017 Graduate of Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro and 2018 Graduate of Leadership North Carolina
Registration for the Class of 2019 is now open. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more and apply (*partial scholarships are available).

About Leadership: Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro (Leadership) is an intensive program designed to inform, develop, and engage committed and emerging leaders in Greater Chapel Hill. Participants broaden their understanding of issues and opportunities facing the region, refine their leadership skills, and are invited to deepen their influence through ongoing networking and service opportunities. Leadership is a cohort-based learning experience with nine sessions over four months that combine presentations, tours, experiential learning activities, and facilitated dialogue to help participants better understand key issues throughout Greater Chapel Hill related to government, education, health and human services, economic development, and the environment.

About the Chamber: The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that serves and advances the business interests of Greater Chapel Hill, including Carrboro, southern Orange, northern Chatham, and southwest Durham counties. Members count on the Chamber to connect them with people, information, and resources; advocate for local business interests; promote our members, community, and quality of life; and help members save money. The Chamber network is getting stronger with members who share a vision for a more sustainable community where business thrives. Follow us on Twitter @CarolinaChamber


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