What Is Leadership Pickens?

Leadership Pickens is a program of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, which seeks out existing and emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds and offers them an educational experience to expose them to various aspects of the community.


Who Is Eligible?

The Leadership Pickens Steering Committee desires to select a diversified group in terms of race, sex, and occupation.  Individuals from business, social services, government, cultural, and educational organizations will comprise the class.  Class members must live and/or work in Pickens County.


What Is Expected Of The Participants?

Leadership Pickens participants are required to attend an orientation, a retreat and seven class sessions.  Commitment to 100% attendance is required of each participant.


What Is The Cost of Leadership Pickens?

Tuition for each participant is $450.  Participants are responsible for paying his/her own tuition or making arrangements for payment by his/her employer and/or a sponsoring organization.  The fee must be remitted prior to the January orientation unless prior arrangements are made.  Tuition covers meals, lodging, honorariums for speakers, a graduation banquet, and miscellaneous administrative cost.


How Is One Accepted Into Leadership Pickens?

The individual interested in participating in the program must complete a detailed application and must be received back at the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce no later than deadline date announced.  From this pool of applicants, the Steering Committee will vote on the candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for the class.


Leadership Pickens Purpose

If Pickens County is to achieve its potential, the people must be aware of the social, economic, educational and governmental needs of the community. 

The participants profit from getting to know each other and from the formal and informal exchange of ideas and experiences.  They gain knowledge from the overall program on many subjects, thus preparing them for a more active leadership role in the community.

Amy Denney
Chattahoochee Technical College
Bobbie Jo Cash
Wayside Animal Hospital
Brandon Merritt
Pickens County Sheriff's Department
Clint Weatherby
H & H Insurance
Debra Williams
Bank of North Georgia
Deone Higgs
Bent Tree Community 
      Jacque Elwarner       Pickens County Family Connection
    Jason W. Segers     Pickens County Government 
Jennifer Galligan
Galligan Law Group, PC
Kathie Gilbert-Keller
Atlantic Coast Conservancy
Kayci Crowe
Pickens County Chamber of Commerce
Layla Patterson
Woodbridge Inn
Lexxaus Stanley
Appalachian Judicial Circuit
Lindsey Ramirez
Appalachian Judicial Circuit
Lisa Pritchard
Louise Brown
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital
Melissa Jordan
Community Bank of Pickens County
Michelle Roberson
Episcopal Church of the Holy Family
Mike Cowart
Pickens County School System
Robert Burton
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital
Susan Piantedosi
Georgia Mountain Customs 
      Tara Benson       City of Jasper
    Teresa Clayton     Send Out Cards
Tripp Shaw
Partners Risk Services
Wende Barnhill
Renasant Bank

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