Leadership OBX 2019-2020



Leadership OBX Class of 2019-2020 Announced!


Leadership OBX, a professional development program of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce has announced the Class of 2019-2020. Thank you to the Outer Banks Hospital for being our Platinum Title Sponsor again this year. And thanks to Twiddy for being our Silver Sponsor, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island as our Bronze Sponsor, the Outer Banks Community Foundation as our Non-profit Sponsor and PEPSI Bottling Ventures as our Beverage Sponsor.

The Outer Banks Chamber launched Leadership OBX in 2014 to develop a cohort of business professionals with a greater understanding of the Outer Banks region and a network of individuals ready to serve on boards and in other volunteer leadership roles in the region. The primary objective of Leadership OBX is to educate business and organizational professionals about economic, demographic and social resources, as well as the successes and challenges of our diverse area. The Class of 2019-2020 runs from late October 2019 through early May 2020 and includes a welcome reception, retreat (Sunday/Monday), and 10 full-day sessions every 2-3 weeks all scheduled on Wednesdays. Program participants develop life-long friendships and enduring professional connections as well as a deeper understanding of the community we live in.

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.”

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. To be considered for a scholarship, you must meet the criteria outlined on the scholarship application, which must be returned with the Leadership OBX application by September 13, 2019.


2019-2020 Session Schedule

Wed, October 23, 2019                                 Welcome Reception

Sun/Mon, October 27 & 28, 2019                RETREAT

Wed, November 6, 2019                               Public Safety Session

Wed, November 20, 2019                             Economic Development Session

Wed, December 11, 2019                             Government Session

Wed, January 8, 2020                                    Social Issues Session

Wed, January 29, 2020                                  Education Session

Wed, February 12, 2020                                Healthcare Session

Wed, March 4, 2020                                       Currituck Session

Wed, March 18, 2020                                     Environment Session

Wed, April 8, 2020                                          Tourism Session

Wed, April 29, 2020                                        Hatteras Island Session

Wed, May 7, 2020                                           GRADUATION


Any questions, please contact Karen Brown, President & CEO at the Chamber at 441-8144 or email kbrown@outerbankschamber.com.  

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