Moore County Chamber announces new board members

The Moore County Leadership Institute (MCLI) kicked off its 34th year of training this past Aug. 3 and 4. This premier leadership training program is instrumental in building our future leaders for Moore County.

Linda Parsons, president and CEO, and Matt Chriscoe, of Pinehurst Resort and chairman of the board of directors, welcomed 17 new participants from around the Moore County region.

Parsons began by stating, “This journey will be different for each and every one of you, that is what makes this experience so unique.”

Again, this coming in January 2023, additional participants may also began their year long journey with the same retreat experience. “By expanding enrollment opportunities, our employers now have options to send talented individuals through this unique leadership experience but have the flexibility to explore which time frame works best for their organization and budget,” says, Jana Walding, director of operations.

MCLI provides participants the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally through programs with community leaders and experts. We all know there is a universal need for leaders it takes one look at today’s headlines to know that this is true. While the Chamber may not be able to impact world issues, it can certainly impact those matters that occur in Moore County by developing effective local leaders.

The Moore County Chamber of Commerce understood this in 1989, when the Moore County Leadership Institute was initially created. The objective is to develop a stronger base of informed, committed, and talented individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership and civic responsibility to the Sandhills region. To date, the Moore County Chamber of Commerce has graduated over 600 individuals from its program.

Participants learn about local history, business challenges, civic issues, and the considerable diversity within our unique community. Ultimately, these individuals are well rounded, educated individuals with a deeper understanding of civic leadership and responsibility. Upon graduation, they are encouraged to serve in the community in a volunteer capacity and to inspire others in their respective workplaces by being transformational leaders.

The 34th Fall MCLI Class includes:

Stephanie Blue, Aging Outreach Services

Jennifer Campbell, Pinehurst Medical Clinic, Inc.

Leah Danak, Keller Williams Realty

Robin Duff, Sandhills Children’s Center

Robert Frick, Pinehurst, LLC

Anna Holloway, Penick Village

April Ikner, Sandhills Community College

Jared Little, Sandhills Community College

Donna Outen, Keller Williams Realty

Lynnette RauvolaBouta, St. Joseph of the Pines

Gale Thurman, Certainty Home Loans

Vincent Ward, Pinehurst, LLC

Savannah Johnson, Towering Pines Real Estate

Chris Beasley, FirstHealth — Moore Regional Hospital

Joshua Allen, Veteran with Donovan & Bank Foundation

Rich Culp, Centurion Project Network

Jeremy Shoell, Veteran with Donovan & Bank Foundation

“Effective leaders are open-minded and willing to strive to move forward for a brighter future, said Parsons. “These individuals are leaping into the program to take the time to not only understand our community, but the dynamics of effective leadership and decision making. Participants will study over an 11 month period our community infrastructure, analyze their own individual leadership styles, and further developed their communication skills while also volunteering in the community and doing a project that directly impacts Moore County.” 

The two-day retreat kicked off the year with a simulated society exercise facilitated by Well Said Public Relations, as well as a dynamic second day with a DiSC leadership assessment and team building with Forth Heffner, The Facility Resource.

Those who are interested in participating in MCLI should visit, or contact the Chamber to obtain a copy of the application. Applications will be accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.

There is a $25 nonrefundable application fee. The fee to participate in the 11-month program is $1,295 for Chamber members or $1,595 for all others and includes a two-day retreat, all meals and course materials.   Applicants are not guaranteed selection into the program. Notification to all participants will occur in December with a start date of Jan. 25, 2023. 

Courtesy photo/Contributed.

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