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Leadership CORE

Communicate. Organize. Relate. Empower.

Build the Future Leaders of Your Organization

Leadership CORE supports participants as they work to Communicate more effectively, Organize and prioritize goal-setting and strategy, Relate to others both professionally and personally, and Empower their teams to reach their highest potential.

Designed for new managers or for those striving to take the next step towards professional development, Leadership CORE will focus on the strengths and potential of the individual, highlighting the difference between management and leadership. With a curriculum presented by expert instructors and a built-in peer coaching element, participants will learn and practice vital management and leadership skills, and will work together to apply those skills to real world scenarios.

How to Apply

Candidates for Leadership CORE must be nominated by their employer. Individuals interested in joining the program should feel free to share this information with a direct supervisor, who may then complete the CORE Nomination Form.  Nominees will be contacted at that time to complete an application process and move on to a Selection Committee evaluation.

The classes will be limited to 15 participants.

Program Details and Fees

CORE will kick-off in August with a meet-and-greet for accepted participants, followed by a one-day Retreat. The program will continue monthly through April of the following year.

Program elements include:

  • CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder) assessment and practice
  • learning modules from The Foundations of Leadership curriculum
  • goal-setting and peer-coaching sessions
  • conversations with CEOs and other business leaders from across our region
  • team-building activities to enhance learning
  • Leading at the Speed of Trust workshop (Franklin Covey training, $700 value)

Tuition for Leadership CORE is $1800 per person for chamber-member companies and $2100 for non-member companies.


The Foundations of Leadership - Training Modules

Through their Workforce & Corporate Training services, we have partnered with York Technical College to provide six leadership modules. Each module will be presented by a certified instructor with experience in corporate management.

CORE Sessions Schedule and Attendance Requirements

All sessions are scheduled on the second Tuesday each month from 8:30am-5:00pm unless otherwise noted. Participants may miss one session and still officially complete the program. Participants attending all sessions will receive Continuing Education Credits and a Foundations of Leadership Certificate from York Technical College. Digital badges and CORE certificates will be issued by the York County Regional Chamber.

Detailed agendas for each day will be sent to participants in advance.


2023-2024 SCHEDULE

Aug 14 - Program Orientation, 4:00-5:00pm

*Aug 25 - Opening Retreat, Bethelwoods Camp & Conference Center

Sept 12 - The Role of a Leader

Oct 10 - Communicating for Results

Oct 17-18 - Leading at the Speed of Trust, 8:30am-3:00pm each day

Nov 14 - The Power of Accountability

Dec 12 - Coaching for High Performance

Jan 9 - Leading Work Teams

Feb 13 - Resolving Conflict

March 12 - Year End Retreat

April 9 - Graduation & Presentation Event, 4:00-6:00pm

*Aug 25 Retreat is mandatory for all participants. Dates are subject to change with advance noticed

Instructors and Facilitators

LeadershipCORE sessions will be presented by various business professionals with guest presentations by area CEOs and Executives. Our Leadership Development Advisory Board members are:

Katy Motsinger, Children's Attention Home
Kyle Neely, Founders Federal Credit Union
Roger Owens, Ferguson Financial
Kelli Shannon, Comporium
Amanda Stewart, Winthrop University
Drew Turney, Atrium Health
Jarrett Wofford, Founders Federal Credit Union


The Foundations of Leadership curriculum will be taught by Cheryl Forlines, SPHR.

Cheryl is a highly accomplished professional with a remarkable career spanning over 40 years, including Human Resources/Leadership Development management. Notably, she played key roles at John Deere, excelling as Program Manager for Coaching & Mentoring, Career Development, and Strategic Workforce Planning, through which she trained over 7000 managers in Neuroleadership's Connect Manager Coaching Program. Her unique combination of financial expertise and people-focused leadership makes her an invaluable asset in cultivating extraordinary leaders and driving positive organizational change.

Throughout her career, Cheryl has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to employee development and growth. As an Adjunct Leadership Development Instructor at York Technical College, she shares her extensive knowledge through facilitating diverse leadership and communications classes. Her involvement in the Carolinas Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and her dedication to coaching and mentoring is aligned with her skill at helping managers to be successful as extraordinary leaders and continuous learners.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Cheryl actively contributes to conflict resolution as a Volunteer for Juvenile Arbitration and serves as a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer. With her remarkable background and passion for coaching, Cheryl continues to leave a lasting impact on individuals and organizations alike and we are thrilled to have her working with the future business leaders of York County through the LeadershipCORE program.

Leadership CORE is sponsored by


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