Leadership Lincoln

In its 22nd year, Leadership Lincoln remains the county’s premier personal development program. The mission of Leadership Lincoln is to grow leadership capacity of the community. The program brings together emerging leaders of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Since Leadership Lincoln began in 1999, 270 graduates are engaged in civic, social, community development, business and government positions throughout the county.

Leadership Lincoln Objectives

  • To provide information about Lincoln County’s history, development and modern trends.
  • To acknowledge community need along with approaches, services and processes to successfully address challenges.
  • Through awareness and knowledge, to inspire action-oriented leaders to engage in community decision-making processes.
  • To strengthen cross-county engagement and team approaches to community initiatives.
  • To build lasting relationships, along with a sense of unity and purpose, among graduates.

Who is Chosen?

The Leadership Lincoln Committee will choose approximately 15 people. Eligible applicants are those who live or work in Lincoln County. Those applying will be selected to represent a broad range of backgrounds, occupations, and geographic areas of Lincoln County.


$395 for Chamber members
$495 for non-Chamber members.

The tuition fee includes all course materials, lunch for each session, kickoff and graduation events. In most cases the tuition is paid by the participant’s employer or sponsoring organization.


Scholarships are rare; however, may be considered for non-profit professionals. Interested applicants should submit a letter of request/justification. The Leadership Lincoln Committee has final approval of scholarship designations and will inform scholarship recipients at the time of program confirmation.


Application to the program is a commitment to fully participate and should not be taken lightly. Local business leaders invest multiple resources to host, provide presentations, offer tours, sponsor meals, and support participants with an impactful program. Application is a commitment to attend and fully participate in the program.

Full attendance is expected for the full-length of all sessions. Leadership Lincoln recognizes that emergencies arise and there is an emergency exception to the attendance policy. Otherwise, full attendance is required for graduation.

Each Leadership Lincoln Class participates in a class project benefiting the community. Application to the program includes a commitment to participate in the Class Project.

What is the Program Design?

Leadership Lincoln sessions are the second Wednesday of the month, from September, through June. The sessions last from approximately 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The program begins with an orientation designed to build class identity and rapport. Throughout the program, participants work together through planned activities.

  • Business professionals and community leaders take active roles in the sessions, which may include tours, lectures, and experiential activities.
  • Each year’s class plans and implements a community project designed to reflect the interests of the class. Past projects include volunteering at Christian Ministries, building/painting a playhouse for abused children and conducting a health fair.
  • Upon completion, graduates comprise the Steering Committee for the next Leadership Lincoln

Covered Topics

Team Building & Leadership
Lincoln County History
Economic Development
Health & Public Services
Local Industry
Quality of Life
Community Support

2023 Co-Chairs

Gail Boyles
Blum Inc.

Jennifer Phillips
Gaston College

Apply for Leadership Lincoln

Download the application and return the completed form to Leadership Lincoln PO Box listed on the form.

For more information email the chamber.

Why Join the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber?

"SEACORP Industry based in Lincolnton, has recently celebrated 25 years in business on August 1, 2023. As we reflect on the past 25 years, SEACORP would like to thank the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support. The Chamber provides networking opportunities for business, connects our local community with local and State Representatives, and provides educational programs for both members and the public. The Chamber not only supports my company through these connections, but also stamps all of our “Certificates of Origin.” These certificates of origin documents are used for international transactions certifying the product’s country of origin.

Thank you again to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of my business and for advocating on behalf of 500 members. The Chamber of Commerce improves the quality of life for our entire community. "

-Myra Heaver, Sea Express America Corporation dba SEACORP

"In my industry word-of-mouth and meeting new potential clients is key to growth. Joining the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber has been a valuable investment. Having the opportunity to network regularly, learn from other more experienced business owners and accessibility to other business tools has been transformative. I encourage all business owners that are ready to increase their visibility and community knowledge to join."

-Ingrid Russell, Owner, Ingrid Russell Photography/videography/Content

"We joined the Chamber prior to our opening in 2021 and have been so happy we did. They worked with us to have a ribbon cutting to highlight our grand opening, along with hosting several events with us since we've joined. We've been able to appeal to many new customers with these events that we may not have reached otherwise! It is a great way to involve yourself in the local business community with unlimited networking opportunities. "

-Rachel Herman, Broker/Realtor, Keller Williams Realty