Leadership Johnson City

Leadership Johnson City serves to expose business leaders to the overall needs and operations of the community and region. The program provides an opportunity for participants to meet with leaders in the manufacturing, government, agriculture and business fields through hands on activities, tours and conversations.

Participants attend an orientation session and one-day retreat, then participate in the day-long class session each month between September and May.

2024-2025 Class

Applications for the 2024-2025 Leadership Johnson City class are open! Apply using the button below!

Program Outline

The Leadership Johnson City Thursday class sessions will tentatively follow the below outline for the 2024-2025 program, with each monthly session beginning around 8am and concluding around 5pm. Detailed agendas are emailed one week before each session, and each session will be business casual (participants should wear their Leadership polo and comfortable walking shoes). 

The schedule will tentatively run as:

August 8: Leadership Orientation (5:30-7pm at the Chamber)

August 15-16: Overnight retreat (The General Morgan Inn)

September 19: Agriculture Day

October 17: Entrepreneurial Day

November 21: Education Day

December 16: Technology Day

January 20: County Government Day

February 20: Business/Industry Day

March 20: City Services Day

April 17: Health Care Day

May 8: Community Services Day

May 14: Graduation at Chamber Membership Breakfast

Application and Tuition

The online Leadership Johnson City application requires a $1500 tuition fee. This covers the cost of transportation, class materials and logistics of the program.


The Leadership Johnson City program has been instrumental in enhancing my understanding of effective leadership. It has provided me with a diverse set of tools and perspectives, essential for navigating complex organizational landscapes. This experience has been invaluable in shaping my approach to leadership, emphasizing collaboration, strategic thinking, and community engagement, all of which are critical in my current role as well as my potential leadership roles in the future.

Isaiah Ellison

Talent Acquisition Strategy Partner, Eastman

As a newcomer to Johnson City and the surrounding region, I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in Leadership Johnson City. I’ve met fascinating people whose work is having a tremendous impact on the region. I’ve learned so much about how things are done in Tennessee and the history of this area. I highly recommend this experience!

Dr. Susan D. McCracken

Vice Provost for Community Engagement and Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan, ETSU

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