Program Overview

Leadership Johnston is a nine-month program designed for professionals who are poised and eager to transition to a higher level within their organization and to assume increased responsibilities. Participants will learn through a variety of experiences including panel discussions, interviews, classroom instruction, and tours. The program will cover communication, learning styles, cultural differences, team building, coaching, public speaking and presentation skills, change management, critical thinking, and unconscious bias. The Classroom is Johnston County. Sessions will take place in businesses throughout the County.

Leadership Skills Training

Melissa Overton Certified John Maxwell Trainer

Led by Melissa Overton, a John Maxwell certified trainer, known throughout the Carolinas for her leadership training programs, Leadership Johnston will also feature local CEO’s, other C-level leaders, and government officials as panelists who will share their knowledge and experience. This will provide participants with both information and key connections.

Using a Learn-from-the-Leader approach, participants will learn from leaders in:

Economic Development
Hospitality and Tourism
Construction and Land Development

Who should apply?

Anyone with a zest for learning who is poised to take their career to the next level. Age is not a factor! Past classes have had participants between the ages of 25-63.

What is expected?

Participants are expected to attend all 9 sessions, held on the third Thursday of the month starting in January. (There is no session in July.) In addition, there is a Team Building Retreat and a Tourism day. The program concludes with a graduation celebration.
Participants’ employers are expected to support the participant in this journey and allow them to attend all sessions. We encourage the employer and participant to touch base after each session to talk about the lessons learned. We also encourage the employer to attend graduation.

What is the cost?

Tuition for Leadership Johnston is $1500. This includes 9 months of instruction, materials, the team building retreat, and graduation. There is a $500 discount for participants from members of ANY Johnston County Chamber of Commerce. There are limited scholarships available. In addition, there are high impact sponsorship opportunities.


Leadership Johnston is a program of the Triangle East Economic Development Foundation, Johnston Community College, Benson Chamber of Commerce, Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, Kenly Chamber of Commerce, and the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce.