Talent Retention

Leadership Chattanooga, a 10-month leadership development experience, provides:

  • Leadership skills development
  • Civic engagement
  • Team community service projects
  • Professional networking

One of the most well-known programs of our Chattanooga Chamber Foundation, Leadership Chattanooga offers unique opportunities to discover more about our Chattanooga region, while also practicing transformational leadership skills. 

  • Nominations begin in February
  • Classes start in August

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The Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association (LCAA) supports Leadership Chattanooga and provides its diverse alumni with continued leadership training and opportunities for networking and civic engagement.

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Young Professionals of Chattanooga (YPC) is a place to connect, develop and advance Chattanooga’s diverse group of young talent through social, professional and volunteer opportunities.

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Connecting and retaining young talent, Protégé Chattanooga is a nine-month, team-based mentoring program for early-career professionals. Participants:

  • Fall in the 21-40 age range
  • Build lifelong networks
  • Learn from executives and their own peers
  • Begin with a September orientation
  • Graduate in May

Protégé offers two cohorts; one meets during the day, the other in the evening.

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ChattaNewbies programming plays a strong role in the Chattanooga Chamber’s strategy to recruit and connect newcomers. These program can boost your recruitment strategy in many ways.


Welcome ChattaNewbies is a monthly meetup, connecting new faces to places and people in our community. 

When people move, they not only leave behind their favorite coffee shop or brunch spot, but they have also left the people and places they know and love. ChattaNewbies is a casual Happy Hour, 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at varying locations across Chattanooga, which serves as an opportunity to get to know one another and share what they love about our wonderful community.


We encourage you to: 

Signup for ChattaNewbies emails

Follow and like our Facebook Page & Instagram Page

Follow us on Meetup


Engage ChattaNewbies is a half-day interactive Chamber Foundation program that introduces newbies to the Chattanooga area through an engaging introductory course of information and activities to help them feel a part of the community.

The next Engage ChattaNewbies session is To Be Determined.

Registration includes: 

  • Half-day session
  • Networking with local executives
  • Lunch before the session 
  • 2 drink tickets to Welcome ChattaNewbies event after the session