Chamber announces new leadership class

By: By Laura Deans - Contributing columnist

The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the 14th Adult Leadership class.

The mission of Leadership Clinton-Sampson is to provide a continuous, diverse supply of creative leaders to the county by developing their knowledge of the community and providing them with the opportunity for meaningful action. The eight-month program is designed to provide leaders broad exposure to issues and opportunities facing Sampson County, as well as meet our need for the active involvement of diverse, informed & responsible community leaders.

The purpose of the program is to: educate participants regarding the challenges & needs of the community, facilitate the development of interpersonal relationships among the participants and community leaders, enhancing their abilities to assist with present & future community projects, and assist participants in enhancing relevant leadership skills & in assuming leadership roles in Sampson County.

The 2015-2016 opening reception was held Thursday, Sept. 17 at Ribeyes of Clinton. This year’s class mingled with the Leadership Steering Committee, Corporate Chamber Sponsors, as well as alumni from the Leadership Program. On Friday, Sept. 18, the adult leadership class began the program with a Leadership retreat at The George Hi Plantation. Discussion led by Dr. David Jones from N.C. State University, focused on leadership from a different perspective.

We are excited to recognize the 2015-2016 Adult Leadership Class. Jennifer Ellis (Star Communications), Faith Jackson (Clinton City Schools), Terrace Miller (Clinton City Schools), Scott Phillips (City of Clinton), Charlotte Harrell (Matthews Health Mart), Tracy Horne (Prestage Farms), Jill Cairney (Sampson Regional Medical Center), Tawanda Outlaw (Center for Health and Wellness), Amanda Turner (Town of Newton Grove), Blair Hairr (Sampson Community College) and Rhonda Brock (First Citizens Bank).

The Chamber would like to thank the participants and their employers, the Leadership Steering Committee, as well as the Chamber’s Corporate Sponsors, each are vital to the success of this program. We’re looking forward to another great leadership year. For more information about the Clinton-Sampson Leadership Program, visit or call 910-592-6177.

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

By Laura Deans

Contributing columnist

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.