2019-2020 LEAD Athens Program Application

About the Program

LEAD Athens is a program of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce designed to develop effective leaders committed to building a vibrant community. The intense year-long program explores a myriad of topics including economic development, local industry, health care, government, secondary and higher education, the arts and more. Participants learn about current issues and explore future challenges through monthly sessions and completion of a community project leading to a well-rounded and fun LEAD Athens experience.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 26, 2019
ACCEPTANCE: Candidates are selected on their own merits from written applications received by LEAD Athens no later than April 26, 2019. Each class is limited in size, and those applicants not accepted are encouraged to re-apply the following year. Letters of acceptance will be mailed by Friday, May 17, 2019.
ATTENDANCE: Participants are required to attend the orientation, retreat, and all class activities and sessions. Any non-attendance may result in deferred graduation. Participants are also expected to serve as active team members for their group’s community project.
TUITION: Tuition for LEAD Athens is $1,500 and is due by Friday June 28, 2019. Tuition is non-refundable. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. If a scholarship is extremely critical to your participation in LEAD Athens, please explain your need in a brief statement attached to your application.

2019-2020 Schedule

Important Dates

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019:   DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Friday, May 17, 2019:   Acceptance Letters Sent

Tuesday, May 28, 2019:   Acceptance Forms Returned to Chamber

Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019:   Orientation, 1-5pm (Orientation Dinner, 5-7pm)

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019:   Deadline for tuition

Friday-Sunday, Jul. 19-21, 2019:   Retreat, North Georgia Mountains

Thursday-Friday, Jan. 23-24, 2020:   State Economic Development, Savannah, GA


REGULAR SESSIONS (8:00 am – 5:00 pm unless otherwise indicated)

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019     Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019     Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019     Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019     Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

Thursday, Mar. 12, 2020


A Night at the Academy Awards

Thursday, Apr. 16, 2020:   Graduation, 6-9pm