June 8, 2022

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Leadership Southside program.

Leadership Southside develops participants' leadership skills to strengthen their role as an individual, professional, and community member. Participants will explore their personal leadership style, and learn how their own behaviors, motivations, and tendencies influence their interaction with others. During this program, participants also will have the opportunity to build strong connections with their classmates, in addition to networking with each session’s presenters, who are established leaders from across the Dan River Region and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Session topics include leading a team, conflict resolution, communication skills, crisis leadership, equitable leadership, presentation skills, and transformational leadership. In January, participants will travel to Richmond for Chamber Day at the Capitol to hear from and engage with members of the General Assembly.

In its 28th year, Leadership Southside proudly boasts 500 alumni, many of whom still contribute in a number of ways to the vitality of our region. Here’s what a few recent alumni have to say about the program:

“Leadership Southside was an experience I will never forget. We worked as individuals and teams to develop leadership skills that can be used throughout our careers, and even in our personal lives. I was able to develop my skills in public speaking, and also figure out my own leadership style. I will use every skill I learned during Leadership Southside, and I also gained lifelong friends. Thank you to the Chamber for such an awesome experience.”

- Hailey Fowlkes [2021-2022 graduate], SOVAH Health
“I thoroughly enjoyed my Leadership Southside experience. It changed my views on how leadership is defined and can be applied each day. It also forced me to do some internal evaluating that I would have never had the opportunity to do otherwise. The course was intense, but in all the best ways. I left each session feeling accomplished, and it was great to connect with other members of our community.”

- Pete Kostopanagiotis [2021-2022 graduate], Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.

Leadership Southside is a nine-month program, meeting one day each month from August through April. Participants will graduate in May 2023. To apply, visit www.dpchamber.org/leadershipsouthside. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Only complete applications will be considered.

The Chamber has contracted with Rachel Covington to lead and facilitate the 2022-2023 program. Rachel previously served as the Senior Director of Member Services for the Chamber, and led Leadership Southside as part of her role. For more information about how to apply, please contact Rachel at rcovington@dpchamber.org.

The Chamber is grateful to its Innovation Partners and other regional funders, without whom this program would not be possible.