Columbia Chamber Leadership Columbia program seeking applications

January 23, 2024

Leadership Columbia Class of 2025 Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the Columbia Chamber’s leadership program, Leadership Columbia, for the Class of 2025. Approximately 60 applicants will be selected as the 52nd class of Leadership Columbia.

Founded in 1972, Leadership Columbia is a skills-building program that aims to develop emerging community leaders while providing an educational experience with a strong emphasis on social and community awareness. Upon completion of the program, Leadership Columbia participants will walk away with the knowledge and skills to focus their talents in best service to the greater Midlands region.

“Through immersive experiences, Leadership Columbia exposes Midlands’ leaders to a variety of critical issues facing our community. It also brings together a diverse group of leaders from a variety of industries, to engage in professional development, community involvement, and networking. These leaders often go on to be more deeply involved in our community by participating on local boards and committees, and serving alongside our non-profits,” said Leadership Columbia Advisory Board Chair, Maggie Dittmar.

Throughout the 10-month program, Leadership Columbia participants must attend and complete a required two-day retreat, nine monthly day-long sessions, a collaborative class project, and a variety of enrichment activities all designed to educate them on critical issues facing the community while also providing opportunities for deeper involvement in and around the greater Columbia region. Participants will immerse themselves fully exploring topics such as arts and culture, politics and government, educational and economic development, health services, criminal justice and military affairs, and many more.

Apply to the Leadership Columbia class of 2025 here. For questions, please contact Mary Beth Sanderson at [email protected].

About Leadership Columbia

Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Columbia Chamber. The 10-month program provides emerging and existing leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For over 50 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders.

For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit or contact Mary Beth Sanderson at [email protected].

About Columbia Chamber

The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, Partner-driven organization comprised of 1,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its Partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its Partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a Partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit