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Leadership Hall County


Leadership Hall County is an effective leadership development program that provides the opportunity for existing and emerging leaders to gain insight and knowledge concerning all aspects of the Gainesville-Hall County community.

About the Program

During the full-day programs, participants work together with local Leadership Hall County Alumnae and other community leaders to expand their knowledge about the community and enlarge their network of business contacts and resources. August to April with graduation held in May.   Topics covered include natural resources, agriculture, quality of life, education, healthcare, social services, city and state governments, judicial services, teambuilding, and economic development. Additionally, the program educates local leaders about the challenges facing our community today.

Participants are given the opportunity to: identify their own leadership skills; enhance leadership capabilities; and, learn valuable team building skills that will be utilized throughout their personal and professional lives. Additionally, members of the class enhance their good corporate citizenship by participating in an annual volunteer project that will advance a worthy cause or solve a community problem.


Participants will…

• identify, encourage and develop their leadership abilities;

• involve themselves in greater roles in our community by serving on a non-profit board or routinely volunteer with nonprofit agencies or other civic related organizations;

• develop a network of in-depth relationships with experienced community leaders;

• gain better insights and knowledge of issues facing our community today and how they can be solutions to the problems;


• The time commitment includes 10 full-day intensive sessions from August to April with graduation held in May. One hundred percent attendance is required from each participant;

• Participate in the Ride-A-Long program with the Hall County Sherriff’s Office or Gainesville Police Department;

• Attend a Gainesville City Council meeting and a Hall County Commission meeting;

• Attend a Gainesville City and Hall County school board meeting;

• Attend a Board of Directors meeting of the GHCC and Business After Hours event;

• Participate in a class service project; and

• Participate in a Small Group Learning Project.

Selection Criteria

• Nominees must have the full support of the organization or corporation they represent;

• Attendance at the monthly sessions is mandatory. An unexcused absence from part of a session shall be considered a full absence. Those who fail to attend are removed from the program;

• Class members are chosen by the Leadership Hall County Selection Committee on their own merits based upon the application. The committee seeks representation from a cross-section of the community, including business, labor, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, ethnic and minority groups.

In reviewing applications, the Selection Committee looks for potential participants who demonstrate the following criteria:

• Commitment and motivation to serve the Gainesville-Hall County area;

• Policy-shaping responsibility or position of leadership in employment and/or volunteer organizations resulting in the potential to have significant influence on important issues facing the community;

• Desire to expand volunteer involvement;

• Ability to make the time commitment required by the program;

• Previous volunteer experiences;

• Evidence of leadership abilities;

• Genuine motivation and interest in program; and

• Candidates should be a minimum of 25 years of age and a maximum of retirement age.

Nomination Process

2/1  – Nominations open

3/15 – Nominations due

4/12 – Applications due

4/15 – Applications reviewed by committee

4/19 – Class announced

5/19 – Tuition due

Meeting Dates

Class is held on the 2nd Thursday of every month.  Class typically meets at 7:45amand ends at 5pm.  There are a couple of meetings that extend to 6pm.  Graduation lasts until 9pm.  One hundred percent attendance is required from each participant


Tuition is $800 for Chamber member; $600 non-profit member and $970 for non-Chamber member, which includes a one-year Chamber individual membership. Each participant is responsible for paying his/her own tuition. Fees are used to cover materials, monthly program expenses, an annual retreat, graduation reception and more.


Please direct all questions to:
Andi Harmon
VP of Education and Leadership
770.532.6206 x113

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