Leadership OBX 2017-2018

Applications are closed for 2017-2018, Class has begun.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and title sponsor, The Outer Banks Hospital are pleased to support the 2017-2018 Leadership OBX class. This Chamber program is designed to develop community leaders. Program sponsors also include: Twiddy & Company and the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Sponsorships are currently available, contact Julie at 252.441.8144.

Leadership OBX provides leadership-minded individuals with the opportunity to:

  • Experience the community from public, business and individual perspectives.
  • Develop interest in the future of the Outer Banks region.
  • Create an environment to inspire community leadership.
  • Broaden community viewpoints.
  • Build leadership skills and build working relationships among class members.
  • Provide for personal growth and development.

Establishing a sense of community and enthusiastic leadership are cornerstones of the program. Chamber President & CEO, Karen Brown, said the program reinforces the Chamber’s commitment to the area and to developing community leaders. 

“The Leadership OBX program offers a forum to enlighten and engage current and future leaders of the Outer Banks community,” said Brown. “The program provides opportunities for participants to develop and enhance their understanding of the community.”

Leadership OBX was introduced in 2014 and has successfully graduated a total of 81 community leaders.

Class participants will attend a welcome reception, 2 day retreat, and ten full-day sessions approximately every three weeks from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The full tuition for the program is $500 which includes the reception, retreat, and all session expenses. 

Through the generosity of the Leadership OBX sponsors, a limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who qualify. Nonprofit scholarships (partial) are also available and sponsored by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. To be considered for a scholarship, you must meet the criteria outlined on the scholarship application.

Program schedule includes:

October 26                  Welcome Reception

October 29 & 30         Retreat

November 8                Education

November 29              Currituck County

December 13              Public Safety

January 10                  Social Issues

January 31                  Government

February 21                Economic Development

March 14                     Healthcare

March 28                     Tourism

April 11                        Environment  

April 25                       Hatteras Island

May 10                         Graduation

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,100 businesses and organizations in Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties. The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization supporting and advocating on behalf of our member businesses. For more information please contact Julie at (252) 441-8144.  

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