Emerging Leaders

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2023 Program Sponsor

The Emerging Leaders Program equips future influential decision-makers in Union County with comprehensive professional and personal skills, engaged civic knowledge, and active community service.

Professional Development

Community Engagement

Community Service

Program Elements

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Emerging Leaders Luncheons

  • » 4 Professional Development Luncheons
  • » Local professional leaders will share the skills that have helped them advance in their careers. 
  • » Attendees will discuss in small groups how they can apply the topics presented.

Emerging Leaders Seminars

  • » 2 Seminars a year
    • » How to be a Good Board Member
    • » Sausage Making: North Carolina’s Legislative Process

Community Service Opportunities

  • » Quarterly projects serving nonprofits in Union County 
  • » See your impact! Each year, we’ll track the combined     service hours Emerging Leaders across Union County contribute to our community
  • » Collection of donations at each event to support local nonprofits
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Members who join the Emerging Leaders Program (membership information below) and attend all 4 luncheons and 2 seminars will have the opportunity to receive a professionally produced headshot.

The luncheons, seminars, and community service projects are open to all.  However, only members of the Emerging Leaders Program can take advantage of the Professional Headshot Offer.  In order to qualify, you must pay a $25 membership fee, attend all 4 luncheons and both training seminars. Headshots will be taken at the Chamber office following the final training seminar. Exact date to be announced. 

2023 Emerging Leaders Lunches 



January 24 
Building Authentic Relationships

Robyn Barriffe, Senior Director of Nursing, Novant Health
Collecting items for Council on Aging in Union County


March 28
Creating a Trustworthy Personal Brand

Jessica Graham, Owner Fionix Consulting
Collecting items for Community Shelter of Union County


June 6
Making an Impact Wherever You Are

Ashley Lantz, MPA Union County Social Services Division Director
Collecting supplies for the Department of Social Services 


August 29
Creating Change in Your Organization

Andrew Friend, Executive Director Council on Aging
Collecting items for the Humane Society of Union County


2023 Emerging Leaders Seminars


July 25

How to Be a Good Board Member
Collecting items for Alliance for Children


October 31
Sausage Making: North Carolina’s Legislative Process
Brian Francis, Advocacy Consultant 
Collecting toys for the Christmas Bureau

2023 Community Service Projects

We will host quarterly community service projects.  Details on the exact dates, nonprofits, and opportunities will be updated once they are scheduled. 

You can find a list of Union County Chamber member nonprofits here if you are looking for opportunities to serve on your own.



Click here for more details on all the Emerging Leaders events

Join the Emerging Leaders Program NOW!

How do I join the Emerging Leaders Program?

  • » Must be employed by a member of the Union County Chamber (Click here for a Chamber Member Directory)
  • » Must be engaged in business in Union County
  • » Must pay Annual Membership Fee of $25.

Contact a member of YOUR Chamber Team at (704)289-4567 or info@unioncountycoc.com.