May 1, 2017

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017-2018 class of Leadership Southside.  The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is June 16, 2017.

Leadership Southside, presented by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is an interactive and informative program that offers skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia.  The program is designed to identify and develop potential community leaders in order to build an alliance of the finest leaders for present and future leadership needs in the region.  The Leadership Southside program strives to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated talent and commitment for leadership and expand that potential. 

Leadership Southside develops leadership skills by providing information, education, experience, and exchange of ideas.  Sessions have included orientation, leadership skills and development, team building, community issues and opportunities, leadership of a business, leadership issues in economic development and workforce development, leadership in education, leadership of a nonprofit organization, effecting change, cultural diversity, and local and state government.

Leadership Southside XXIII will begin in August 2017 with an orientation and will be followed by eight monthly programs.  A service project will also be completed in January.  Participants will also be paired with a leadership mentor.  The class will graduate in May 2018.

The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.

Applications may be found under the Leadership Programs section of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce website ( or may be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at  Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.

The deadline for applications is June 16, 2017.