• What Is Leadership Wilmington

  • The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has been presenting the Leadership Wilmington program for 35 years with over 700 graduates.  Existing leaders, budding community leaders, and volunteers are encouraged to apply for this elite program.

    For one day a month for 9-months, participants get an in-depth view of community issues, develop skills necessary to assume leadership roles, and are exposed to community involvement opportunities. Sessions include History; Arts/Culture; Public Education; Justice; Environment; Government; Business, and Infrastructure.

    Leadership Wilmington provides class members the opportunity growth professionally, and to meet key community leaders. You will also work with your class at Work on Wilmington, the community’s largest one-day volunteer service day.  Work on Wilmington brings people together to roll up their sleeves and tackle non-profit improvement projects, in just four hours with amazing results.


    Participants are required to attend the orientation and two-day Opening Retreat on August 26-27, 2021, and nine (9) Class Days from Sept. 2021 – May 2022 on the second Tuesday of each month from 8-5:00 pm (full day, including lunch).  Attendance at all sessions is required.

    Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

    Each session will be facilitated by LW Alumni, key leaders, and professionals.  Professional development sessions are included as part of the curriculum.  You will be encouraged to speak freely from your experiences in political, social, cultural, education, and economic facets of the community, helping you to develop a deeper understanding of the community.

    Those interested in the Leadership Wilmington program need to make a serious commitment. Employers must agree in advance to grant participants time off from their duties to attend the full-day session. Upon graduation, you will be presented with your personalized Leadership Wilmington plaque and will receive membership in the LW Alumni network free for one year from graduation day.


    Tuition for the program is $1,950. This fee will cover the Opening Retreat, Class Day Luncheon, snacks, and program materials. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 Leadership Wilmington Class is Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 11:00 pm.


    Submit your application here.