Special to Iredell Free News

The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Advisory Council are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Leadership Statesville class.

Leadership Statesville exists to cultivate and connect the leadership community in Statesville and Iredell County by providing hands-on leader development, education, and local connections in order to optimize participant impact in their businesses, non-profits and the community at large. The program aims to enhance growth by connecting to state and regional leadership resources and providing alumni avenues to use individual strengths and talents to benefit our local area.

“Leadership Statesville is the premier program for developing the leaders and community advocates that Statesville and Iredell County need during these challenging times,” said Jon Madison with Doug Madison Realty, chairman for the program. “We are excited to welcome Leadership Statesville class of 2022 into the program and look forward to returning them to their organizations better equipped to lead within their sphere. When leaders improve everyone gets better.”

During the nine-month program, participants meet monthly to explore the inner workings of the region’s government, educational system, economic development, service organizations, regional issues, leisure and culture, health services, and public safety. Class members have the opportunity to learn about and practice skills critical to working with volunteers and groups in the community. Included in the program is leadership training which is unique to other leadership programs.

Leadership Statesville has partnered with Charles Page and Kristie Darling with the Cool Spring Center for leadership development programming. Each class day will include two hours of training that will enhance their program experience.

The first class day took place on Friday, September 17, with a full-day retreat at the Iredell County Parks and Recreation Outdoor Education Center at Jennings Park.

Past Leadership Statesville graduates sit on various Board of Directors throughout the city and work to serve the area in continuing to build an outstanding community. An alumni program is being developed to further expand the program reach and impact. Alumni are encouraged to reach out the Chamber or Council for details.

Leadership Statesville Class of 2021-2022


The Leadership Statesville program would not be possible without the following community sponsors: Doug Madison Realty, Jon C. Packman DDS, Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, United Way of Iredell County, Greenbriar Grill, Statesville Recreation & Parks Department and Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department.

The program is still seeking class day sponsors, contact the Chamber for details.