Mission: “Identify, develop and educate a diverse group of leaders to ensure economic success for the Thomasville-Thomas County community.”


Please click here to see the members of Leadership Thomas Class 35!



Leadership Thomas (LT) is a program of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.  LT cultivates a diverse network of emerging and experienced leaders committed to improving the community. With the support of LT graduates and the business community, LT has conducted leadership programs since 1981.



Participants will:

  • Interact with leaders from the various sectors of our community (business, government, non-profit)
  • Learn from “unlike” minded people to build strong professional relationships
  • Develop an awareness and participate in discussions of the challenges and opportunities in the community by examining major relevant business, government and social issues
  • Enhance understanding of your personal leadership style to grow into higher-level roles, both in the work place and in the community
  • Deepen your company’s profile with community, business and government leaders through visibility and commitment to community success
  • Learn how you can make a difference in the Thomasville-Thomas County area



  • Tuition for Leadership Thomas is $1,000 for Chamber members and $1,500 for all non-members.  Cash, check or credit card accepted.  Tuition payment plans are available.
  • Partial scholarships are offered based on need.  The LT Committee is committed to providing scholarship assistance. Requests are submitted with the LT Class application.


SELECTION CRITERIA                              

Leadership Thomas seeks those candidates who:

  • Demonstrate leadership attributes through career achievement or participation in community activities
  • Represent a cross-section from businesses, government and non-profit organizations
  • Reside and/or work in Thomasville-Thomas County
  • Identify and analyze challenges considering various perspectives, then provide solutions
  • Share personal/professional resources/expertise
  • Value continuous learning and personal and professional development



  • Have full support from their sponsoring organization/business
  • Give the time necessary to complete the program
  • Maintain a personal commitment to Thomasville-Thomas County and to Leadership Thomas after graduation



The program begins with orientation in June, followed by a weekend retreat in August, continues with monthly sessions and a closing graduation in April. The sessions present activities and hands-on experiences related to leadership topics i.e.: economic development, government, the arts, healthcare, human services, justice, law enforcement and environment.  A Class Project is completed the year after graduation.



Attendance at the opening retreat and closing graduation is mandatory. Participants must attend monthly daylong sessions, attend one: school board meeting, city council or county commission meeting, and participate in a class project.



  • The application process is closed for the 2017-2018 class.


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