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  • Leadership Greater Augusta

  • Leadership Greater Augusta
  • House of Delegates
  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
  • About the Program

  • Background

    Leadership Greater Augusta is a 9-month intensive training program of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation for emerging and existing leaders and builds the needed skills, knowledge, motivation, and vision to develop a stronger community. It is the Chamber's longest running program, with the first cohort graduating in 1984. Since then, over 600 area business leaders have successfully completed Leadership Greater Augusta and gone on to become CEOs, Executive Directors, Chairs of Boards, elected officials and more.


    The purpose of Leadership Greater Augusta is to provide positive and forward-thinking personal and professional development in the Greater Augusta Region. We believe that leaders are found at all levels of an organization and we strive to develop and enhance their visionary leadership skills through in-depth training. We seek to educate potential and existing business and community leaders through exposure to diverse realities, personalities, and challenges in the community.

    Key Components

    • Leadership Journey
    • Team Development
    • Nonprofit Awareness
    • Board Service
    • Human Services
    • Civic Issues
    • Arts & Culture
    • Living Locally
    • Education
    • Entrepreneurship & Ecosystem Building
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Program Information 

    Sponsorships available! For more information contact 540-324-1133 or email

  • The GARCC Foundation is pleased to announce the Leadership Greater Augusta Class of 2023, which begins September 1:

    Ann Gross, Valley Program for Aging Services

    Beth Styers, Blue Ridge Community College

    Charlé Johnson, Valley Children's Advocacy Center

    Chris Lassiter, Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

    Clarissa Hoffman, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP

    James Snow, Daikin Applied

    Kenise Williams, Ball Advanced Aluminum

    Kim Beam, City National Bank

    Kimberly Fridley, US Senate Federal Credit Union

    Laurel Molloy, Augusta Health

    Maria Moore, United Way SAW

    Mason Gilmer, F & M Bank

    Randy Watkins, Dynamic Aviation

    Rebekah Ray, American Shakespeare Center

    Rex Mays, Ball Advanced Aluminum

    Rodney Johnson, Sentara Medical Group

    Shasta Weeks, Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

    Shirley Carter, Augusta Health Foundation

    Travis Garris, McKee Foods


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    "The Leadership program gave me an opportunity to meet and grow with a diverse group of individuals from my community.  I was able to learn how to better use my strengths to navigate through day to day functions as well as use others strengths to be able to better lead my team effectively."

    - Jamie Strandberg, City National Bank, LGA Graduate, Class of 2020

  • "Participating in Leadership Greater Augusta helped me understand the scope of work my neighbors do every day.  Whether we were visiting a farmer, learning about the diversity in our community, or diving into personal leadership styles, I always learned about a new process or resource I did not know existed before.  While I would say I have grown personally throughout the experience, my greatest takeaway is the people I met in the class.  I hope to continue working alongside my cohort to become a more engaged, informed, and active member of the area!"

    - Lindsey Walsh, Mary Baldwin University, LGA Graduate, Class of 2019