Leadership Anderson County

2014 Leadership Logo

Leadership Anderson County, sponsored by the Chamber, began in May for the 2018 Class. The Leadership program originated in 1990 and since its inception has graduated over 400 participants. This program is a true “Community Connection” to Anderson County and is governed by an Advisory Board.


Jason Lawrence, Chairman, Y-12 Federal Credit Union

Annette Eaves, Chair-Elect, UCOR – URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC

Margaret Durgin, Secretary, Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County, Tennessee

Dave Conrad, Member at Large, Retired Manufacturing


Naomi Asher, United Way of Anderson County

Tom Bundy, UT Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Christy Davis, Y-12 Federal Credit Union

Jessica Langstaff, UT Battelle/ORNL

Kim Maes, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge

Michael Ousley, Edward Jones

RaeAnn Owens, Anderson County Schools

Jeff Shelton, UT Battelle/ORNL

Jerry Wood, Lindsey Wilson College


Linda Williams, Past Chair,  CNS Y-12

Rick Meredith, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce

Janet Hawkins, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce

Jared Forgety, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce

To apply for Leadership 2019, download the LAC Class of 2019 Application (161KB Microsoft PDF document), complete, and fax to the Chamber at (865) 463-7480.

Application Deadline:  April 20, 2018

Leadership Anderson County Brochure

What is Leadership Anderson County? 
This prestigious program, limited to 25 participants, is designed to develop emerging leaders and promote the importance and strengths of our community. The program offers participants an opportunity to better understand community dynamics, build their community connection to local business and industry, refine their knowledge of local and state government, and stimulate future participation and commitment to their community.

What does the Leadership program include?

The program will focus on how the dynamics of local businesses and city, county, and state governments impact economic and community development. Class members will be introduced to business leaders and elected officials who influence the private and public sectors on a daily basis. The curriculum includes sessions on Applied Leadership Skills, Team Building and Project Management. Tours of the area will cover all aspects of Anderson County plus a cruise on beautiful Norris Lake and an overnight trip to Nashville for an opportunity to make connections at the state level and have a photo with the Governor. Once the program is completed graduates will be honored at a special graduation dinner.  Click below to download the program itinerary for this year’s class:

Program Days 2017-2018

What is the time commitment and cost? 
Members of the class will meet the third Tuesday of each month from May through March, with an overnight trip to Nashville.  Participants attend one county commission meeting.  Tuition is *$1,000 per participant and covers all expenses.
*Subject to change.

What is the selection process? 
Businesses, organizations or individuals may nominate and sponsor candidates for the program. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to sponsor a candidate from the community through our scholarship fund. Twenty-five participants are selected based on the following criteria: Demonstrated commitment to serve the Anderson County community, current or potential leadership role within their organization or business, interest in pursuing a community leadership role, and commitment to attend 90% of the scheduled sessions.

Applications are available at the Chamber. Leadership Anderson County alumni are available for questions about the program. For more information please call the Chamber office at (865) 457-2559 or email: accc@andersoncountychamber.org.