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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 2024: Apply Today!

Fees: $600, includes all meals, trips, and graduation.

Class limited to one or two participants

per organization

Session Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Day 1 – Leadership & Orientation (August 28)

Day 2 – History & Government (September 11)

Day 3 – Business & Manufacturing (September 25)

Day 4 – Education (October 9)

Day 5 – Healthcare (October 23)

Day 6 – Public Safety (November 6)

Day 7 – Travel/Tourism & Arts/Entertainment (November 20)


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Leadership Gaston provided me with a fresh outlook on our County! I have learned so much about the people and services being provided throughout Gaston County and am proud of how hard the Gaston County citizens are working to make our community the amazing place it it. The knowledge, resources, and connections gained throughout this program are invaluable to my work and personal life. I love being able to share all that I've learned with my family, friends, and coworkers!

Jamie Kanburoglu, Gaston County Government

This was one of the most inspiring, refreshing, rewarding and amazing experiences I have had the privilege to have been a part of. Even though I have lived in Gaston County for close to 20 years I learned so many new things about our county. It made me proud to be a part of this awesome county. I also enjoyed getting to make new connections and friendships that will last far beyond the Leadership Gaston classes.

Janet LaMere, United Way

This program was phenomenal in the approach to help others in our community. I learned so much about different aspects of how our community works together. I loved every single day we had class. It was informative and met new people to network with in the future. I am so glad the GBA offers this class for Leadership and the opportunities it has presented to all of us. It was wonderful meeting new friends and people we can connect with in the future. Don't change a single thing! It was Fabulous!

Jenni Rhodes, Gaston Business Association

Participating in Leadership Gaston was truly one of the most invaluable leadership development opportunities I have been given. It's more than just a seven week class on leadership development; it's a journey of self-discovery, helping you understand how you can make a positive, lasting impact on both your workplace and community. Through this program, I not only forged lifelong connections with fellow leaders, but also gained profound insights into what makes Gaston County such a vibrant community!

Rebekka Powers, Gaston County Schools

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