Leadership Development Programs

At Board Connector, growth is one of our core values.  To assist our members in growing, we believe it is important to share information about leadership programs that equip members with the tools and networks to be successful leaders.  Please find below, some of our featured leadership programming.  Discover more leadership programs by signing up here.


Leadership Chattanooga

Leadership Chattanooga prepares promising local professionals for prominent business, cultural and political roles through a 10-month leadership development program.
Sponsored by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation, Leadership Chattanooga provides comprehensive leadership training through:

  • Monthly meetings exploring various aspects of leadership and challenges facing our community
  • Experiential learning opportunities including a police ride along 
  • Interaction with the community’s top leadership, including meeting with state leaders in Nashville
  • Community service projects 

More than 1,200 people have graduated from Leadership Chattanooga since the program's inception in 1984. The Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association (LCAA) offers professional development, networking and leadership opportunities for LC graduates.

Tuition for the program is currently $2,500 and partial scholarships and payment plan options are available. 

Click here for information on the nomination and application process and calendar.



leadership tennessee

Leadership Tennessee fosters collaborative, non-partisan dialogue on issues of state importance connecting a network of diverse leaders and engaged citizens.

Leadership Tennessee provides:

  • Collaborative learning and dialogue spanning the state’s three grand divisions;
  • Issue-specific education for demonstrated leaders;
  • Diverse representation of participants;
  • Opportunities to effect change.

For more information about who we are and what we're about,
check out Leadership Tennessee's  Mission + Vision + Values.



German marshall fund - Marshall Memorial Fellowship

GMF’s flagship leadership development program. Created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States, it now prepares leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for transatlantic relations. The program relies on 6 months of distance learning and 24 days of first-hand experience to facilitate knowledge and network development for effective transatlantic engagement. GMF awards 75 Marshall Memorial Fellowships each year to candidates from all sectors, including business, government and civil society. The MMF alumni network numbers more than 2,500 leaders. Their transatlantic engagement continues throughout their careers with GMF alumni projects, seminars, and major events.

To become a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria:

- Minimum of six years of proven leadership experience with significant accomplishment in business, civil society, politics, or media.
- Be a citizen of a participating country – for more see the country listing and selection region maps provided below
- Be available for six months of distance learning, 24 days of travel exchange, and active alumni engagement upon completion of the fellowship
- Have not resided or worked for an extensive period of time on the other side of the Atlantic in the last three years (participation in an academic exchange program does not disqualify an applicant)
- Speak English proficiently
- Possess a passport valid at least six months beyond the assigned fellowship dates