Nomination and Application

Nominations for the 2020-2021 class are now closed.

Qualifying for Leadership Chattanooga

Selection criteria include:

  • Sincere commitment and interest
  • Demonstrated dedication through past community activities
  • Interest in seeking public office, volunteering for a board or holding other key leadership roles
  • Potential for advancement to top leadership positions

A maximum of 40 participants will be selected, with a diligent effort to represent a cross section of the community in age, race, gender and occupation.


Tuition is $2,900 per participant, due July 31.

The participant’s employer or sponsoring organization generally covers the cost of the program, with the participant contributing the first $100 of tuition.

To be considered for financial assistance, please complete financial assistance forms included in the application.


Attendance at the orientation and retreat are mandatory.

Participants who miss more than two of nine monthly sessions must withdraw from the program with no portion of tuition refunded.

Important Dates
  • Nominations due: March 6
  • Applications due: April 1
  • Orientation: Afternoon of Aug. 6 - *Mandatory*
  • Retreat: Aug. 20-22 - *Mandatory*
  • Monthly meetings held on Thursday, once a month Sept. – May