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245 North Kanawha Street
Beckley , WV 25801
Now Accepting Applications - LEADERSHIP BECKLEY 2019
Leadership Beckley is a program sponsored by Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce to develop the leadership potential of selected individuals to prepare them for greater civic responsibility and involvement and to provide a forum for future leaders to develop and connect in the Beckley-Raleigh County community.
“Leadership Beckley provided me with the opportunity to network with other individuals who want to take on more of a leadership role in their communities. I also gained important knowledge on the overall picture of the community and how to prepare myself with the responsibility of taking on leadership roles.” -
Kelly Elkins, Community Resource Facilitator for Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and Newly Appointed Human Rights Commissioner City of Beckley
"When I first moved to the area in 2012, I knew very few people and very little about Beckley and Raleigh County as a whole. The more and more I got familiar with my new surroundings and got to know the great people of this community, I knew that I could make a difference. Being a young professional and new to the area. In the Fall of 2017, I applied for, and was accepted into Leadership Beckley. Through this tremendous program, I not only gained an intimate knowledge of my community, but have met some amazing people. I now serve on the Planning Committee for Leadership Beckley and the BRCCC Governmental Affairs Committee, both of which are working constantly to improve our community and the lives of its residents. To me, the Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Beckley represent limitless opportunity for personal as well as professional growth. I would encourage any business or professional, young or old, to get involved and help continue to make our community the best it can be." -
DANIEL J. BURNS, Esq
Leadership Beckley 2019 Tuition Fee - $250
All Session Times 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Registration Deadline - August 15 2019
2019 SCHEDULE DATES
SESSION 1 September 4 -
Weathered Ground Brewery, Cool Ridge WV
Leadership / Community Service by Chuck Stump, The Performance Group
Meet & Greet Networking Event immediately following the session
SESSION 2 September 19 - Non Profits
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, 329 Prince St, Beckley WV
SESSION 3 October 10 Small Business / Entrepreneurship
TAMARACK, The Best of West Virginia, One Tamarack Park, Beckley WV
SESSION 4 October 24 - Education
Advanced Technology Center, New River Community and Technical College, Ghent WV
SESSION 5 November 7 - Tourism
Tillerson Training Center Building at The Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve
Following Leadership Beckley Session you're invited to Business After Hours - United Way of Southern WV "Wonderland of Trees" at the Ruby Welcome Center
SESSION 6 November 21 - Government / City Departments
New Beckley Police Department Downtown Beckley Police Station
SESSION 7 December 12 - Healthcare
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital Education Center
SESSION 8 January 9 - Economic Development
SESSION 9 January 23 Graduation Ceremony
The Resort at Glade Springs
For more information or to submit your Application to Leadership Beckley please contact
Beth Keatley 304-575-8130, Sabrina Triplett 304-683-3233, Kelly Elkins 304-255-0122
Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce 304-252-7328.
Applications can be emailed to
Graduated to Lead
Leadership Beckley Class of 2018 Ready to Lead In Our Community
We appreciate the time and effort by Leadership Beckley 2018 Class, the second class to complete the Leadership Beckley Program, to learn about our community, to better understand how community organizations operate and to possibly be willing to step into leadership positions within our community.
Thank You to all of the session speakers and venue hosts that made themselves available to speak and to welcome our Leadership Beckley class and to show them what our community has to offer.
Congratulations Class of 2018 !
Leadership Beckley Class of 2018
Alyce Almond - WV Division of Rehabilitation Services
Andrea Akers - Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center
Thad Andrew Bowyer - McGraw Law Offices
Jenni R. Canterbury - New River Community & Technical College
Erin Cox - United Bank
Jonathan Grose - City National Bank
Joe Guffy - Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce
Richard Hairston - Valley College
Chris Herold - United Bank
Tiffany Kapp - Custom Business Solutions
Beth Keatley - Raleigh Real Estate and Development
Jennifer Meade - Visit Southern WV
Angela Rivera - Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
Sarah Short - WV Hive Network / Americorps
Danielle Stewart - Piney Creek Watershed Association
Lisa Strader - Visit Southern WV
Rebecca J. Williams - Beckley Area Foundation
Leadership Beckley 2018 Host Venue Locations:
Weathered Ground Brewery – Communication and Leadership Styles
WV Hive – Small Business / Entrepreneurship
Bechtel Summit Scout Reserve – Tourism / Community Service
The Raleigh Playhouse & Theatre – Volunteerism / Non-Profits
Raleigh County Emergency Services 911 Center – Economic Development
Raleigh General Hospital - Healthcare
Academy of Careers & Technology – Education / Mentorship
City of Beckley – City / County Government / Community Volunteerism
Beckley's Historic Black Knight - Graduation Luncheon
Special Thank You to
Mr. Charlie Houck
for speaking to the graduates about your experiences in growing as a leader in our communities of West Virginia. We appreciate your long-time support and involvement for our Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce programs, committee and activities.
Thank You to our Graduation Luncheon Sponsors:
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
Bodyworks – Health, Fitness & Rehabilitation
First Community Bank
Little General Stores
Raleigh County Memorial Airport
Raleigh General Hospital
Songer Insurance Agency
University of Charleston
Graduates from both the 2017 and 2018 classes of Leadership Beckley will now be meeting throughout the year to keep up to date with developments within our community for leadership opportunities and involvement. Class members will also be planning and deciding on programs that they can develop as a group to solve community issues and needs.
Planning for the 2019 Leadership Beckley Fall Session Programming will begin soon so if you’re interested in finding our more information or possibly signing-up for the 2019 Class or even speaking to or hosting a session please contact Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce at 304-252-7328 / email@example.com
About LEADERSHIP BECKLEY -
Program and Purpose; a multi-week program sponsored by Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce to develop the leadership potential of selected individuals and prepare them for greater civic responsibility and involvement and to provide a forum for future leaders to develop and connect in the Beckley-Raleigh County community and beyond.
Learn more about Leadership Beckley online here:
2018 Session of LEADERSHIP BECKLEY is underway
Members from the 2017 Class of Leadership Beckley welcomed the 2018 Class and helped them kick-off their Fall session with a visit to
Weathered Ground Brewery
in Cool Ridge WV.
Thank you to the staff at Weathered Ground for giving us a space to launch LB 2018 and for giving us the Grand Tour and filling us in on upcoming additions to the Brewery.
Chuck Stump of The Performance Group Inc.
for speaking to us about our Leadership Styles and how we can use them personally and in the workplace.
Joshua A McFarland with Chick-fil-A Beckley Galleria
for joining us for a discussion on What makes a Great Leader and ways to practice what we learned in everyday situations.
Thank You WVVA News for covering our opening session and helping us Lead the way into our Fall program.
2018 Session 2 LEADERSHIP BECKLEY
WV Hive, Innovation Bldg, Beckley Campus
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
The 2018 Class learned from representatives from our community about Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Thank you to the staff at
for your hospitality and interesting tour of all that you have to offer to start-up businesses and those looking to learn more about how technology can help our communities.
for teaching us the importance of working together, knowing your customer, planning, knowing your competition, being open to new ideas and getting your ideas into the marketplace.
for giving us lessons you've learned in your many years in business.
for telling us your story of perseverance and success. Your are an inspiration to so many.
for all you do for our community and talking to us about all that your are doing for area youth at the Hive. This post says so much about what you mean to our community - "This lady is my hero!! Vickie Webb works tirelessly in our community to make a difference in the lives of students and their families. From community gardens, STEM programs, after school tutoring services, partnerships with business leaders/city officials/area schools/NASA/churches, and she’s a Raleigh County teacher! I wish I had her dedication and energy!!"
2018 Session 3 of LEADERSHIP BECKLEY
Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve
The 2018 Class learned from representatives from our community about Tourism and Community Service
Thank you to the staff at
Summit Bechtel Reserve
for your hospitality and the opportunity to learn about the Pigott Camping Headquarters and explore some of your amazing facility.
Kenn Miller, Director of Program & Operations
for speaking to our class about current and future planning for the Summit. We are excited for new development and the opportunities it brings for our communities.
Beckey Sullivan, Membership & Group Tour Director, Visit Southern West Virginia
for speaking to us about the state of tourism in Southern WV and for giving us some details about how Visit Southern West Virginia works every day to attract visitors to our Southern West Virginia areas.
Dr. Susan Williams, Associate Professor, Marketing, Recreation and Tourism Management at Concord University
for speaking to us about how you work with college students locally and world-wide to tell our stories of West Virginia. Your stories of students helping businesses and communities to see what they have from a different perspective helps those representatives understand undiscovered potential for growth and revitalization.
Christine Kinder , Raleigh County Extension Agent for Community Development, West Virginia State University
for speaking to us about the importance of working together in our communities as partners in doing what we can to enhance the appearance of specific use areas making them more desired destinations for use by local residents and visitors alike.
Pioneers of Leadership Beckley
Congratulations, First Graduating Class 2017
We appreciate the time and effort by Leadership Beckley Pioneer Class in participation in the program to learn about our community, to better understand how community organizations operate and to possibly be willing to step into leadership positions within our community.
Thank You to all of the session speakers that made themselves available to speak to Leadership Beckley and to show them what our community has to offer.
LEADERSHIP BECKLEY -
Program and Purpose; a 7-week program sponsored by BRCCC to develop the leadership potential of selected individuals and prepare them for greater civic responsibility and involvement and to provide a forum for future leaders to develop and connect in the Beckley-Raleigh County community and beyond.
Pioneer Class – Leadership Beckley:
Joe Bevil, Beaver Coal Company
Andrew Burleson, VA Hospital, Beckley
Amy Burnette, Beaver Coal Company
Daniel Burns, Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe
Hazel Burroughs, First Community Bank
Kelly Elkins, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living
Sabrina Evans, United Bank, Sophia Branch
Ace Gearheart, Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
Elizabeth Hammons, Air Evac LifeTeam Base 121
John Hopkins, City of Beckley
Maura Johnson, Visit Southern WV
Bill Kelly, City of Beckley
Tabatha Malott, Raleigh County Memorial Airport
Joshua McFarland, Chick-fil-A, Beckley Galleria & Crossroads Mall
Duane Napier, University of Charleston, Beckley Campus
Jorn Otte, Hartford Funds & SMART 529 Program
Heather Ouimette, The Resort at Glade Springs
Amy Showalter, Conservation Legacy
Denise Southern, Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce
Valerie Sullivan, WVNS TV
READ MORE ABOUT LEADERSHIP BECKLEY IN THE REGISTER-HERALD NEWSPAPER
Stay tuned for more information about another Leadership Beckley class forming soon.
Leadership Beckley Fall Semester Underway
Thank You Inaugural Class for Participating
Program and Purpose - LEADERSHIP BECKLEY, a 7-week program sponsored by BRCCC to develop the leadership potential of selected individuals and prepare them for greater civic responsibility and involvement began with the first group of participants. This program will provide a forum for future leaders to develop and connect in the Beckley-Raleigh County community and beyond.
Thank You to these Session 1 Speakers:
The Performance Group, Inc.
United Way of Southern West Virginia
Beckley Area Foundation
Generation West Virginia
Session 2 - Leadership Beckley Visits
City Hall and Raleigh County Commission
Thank You to the City of Beckley Mayor, Rob Rappold and all City Department representatives and Commissioner Byrd White for your presentations to Leadership Beckley. Participants got the opportunity to learn about how City departments work and their responsibilities and also how our County Commission is structured and their responsibilities for Raleigh County.
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