Formed in 1979 by the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Gaston develops the
leaders of tomorrow. Since its inception, the program’s has been developing and enhancing volunteer community leadership.
Leadership Gaston brings together people of diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated leadership potential and offers them a unique opportunity to increase their knowledge of Gaston County while building a community network of contacts.
Fall 2023: Registration Closed
We will be announcing dates for Spring 2024 soon!
Fees: $600, includes all meals, trips, and graduation.
Class limited to one or two participants
(Subject to Change)
Day 1 – Leadership & Orientation (September 6)
Day 2 – History & Government (September 20)
Day 3 – Education (October 4)
Day 4 – Business & Manufacturing (October 18)
Day 5 – Healthcare (November 1)
Day 6 – Travel/Tourism & Arts/Entertainment (November 15)
Day 7 – Public Safety (November 29)
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Leadership Gaston isn't just a class. It's a search of yourself to find out where and how you fit into the world around you. Not just your workplace but the community.
Terry Revis, City of Gastonia Fire Department
This experience was absolutely invaluable to me. I was able to meet life long friends, new networking opportunities, and learn about my community all while improving myself and how I serve my staff in my leadership role. This entire experience challenged me to internally reflect and has ignited new passion to approach my leadership in a completely different light.
Lara Gurganus, Gaston County DHHS
One of the best networking opportunities I've ever participated in! Lifelong relationships were formed as a result of Leadership Gaston as well as an increased knowledge pertaining to all the things that make Gaston County a great place to live and work.
Stacy Huffman, Gaston County Schools
Leadership Gaston is a great way to learn applicable leadership practices and learn more about