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Leadership York County

"Beyond the opportunity to build relationships with all the other participants, I enjoyed learning more about the unique communities that make up York County." 

"The session on biases really made me think about how I interact with and lead others."

I strengthened my communication skills and learned to work with others, even when I didn't agree with their processes or opinions. It can be challenging to give 100% and stay passionate when you may not agree; you have to stay the course.

"The monthly sessions were informative and, more than anything, that time together allowed us to build relationships with each other and forced me to open up more."

"Through the LYCO program I learned, as a leader, you can't wait on guidance or information to come down to you. You need to ask questions, provide input, and make sure information flows from the top to the bottom and from the bottom back to the top."

"The relationships have been as valuable to my career as the learning and development I gained as a leader during the project, and the perspective I gained during our field trips. The experience helped me step out of my comfort zone and, looking back, the impact we made in a short time was remarkable."

"The group project component engages individual class members, focusing on how to work with a diverse team while pursuing the same end goal - a realistic exercise for both professional and personal life."


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Leadership York County (LYCO) is a program of the chambers of commerce of York County and is committed to developing a group of informed, dedicated and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic and progressive leadership for York County. The program involves activities designed to illustrate positive leadership opportunities through civic involvement and service to the community. By taking advantage of this unique opportunity for personal and professional development, you will broaden your horizons, make lasting friendships and establish quality business contacts.


Leadership York County kicks off in September with an informal orientation session, followed by a two-day overnight retreat, combining team building exercises, community leadership examples, and personal leadership development. The course continues monthly as area leaders in business, government, media, education and service organizations come together to inform and enlighten participants on issues and concerns facing York County. Each day, topics will be addressed that highlight situations, needs, and opportunities within the area. View the schedule here.


Throughout their Leadership year, class members work together to identify and address an area of need in our community. They share information, research available support services, and pool their resources to make a difference to the citizens of York County - all while practicing cooperation, communication, and teamwork. Find information about our most recent service project here, and view a list of past projects at this link.


Applications are available in early summer and must be submitted by August 1 to be eligible for selection. Program enrollment is limited to 35 participants. Candidates must be over the age of 21 and are selected on the basis of their previous and potential leadership ability and community involvement.


Tuition for the program is $950 for Chamber members and $1150 for non-members. Participants may have all or part of their tuition for the program paid for by their employer.  Applicants will be billed upon acceptance into the program. Full payment is due by September 1. Tuition is nonrefundable.


The chambers of commerce of York County include the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, and the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact the Regional Chamber office.

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