LEAD Athens

LEAD Athens is a program of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce designed to develop effective leaders committed to building a vibrant community. The vision of LEAD Athens is to become the premier program inspiring leaders to exceed both their individual and collective potential.

Through Leadership, Education, Awareness and Development, participants are heavily immersed in community issues including but not limited to economic development, health and human services, education and local and state government.

Teambuilding, problem solving and decision making are also part of the program which yields a class of leaders ready to LEAD Athens.

Founded in 1982, Leadership/L.E.A.D. Athens has a rich history and has yielded over 700 alumni from all cross-sections of the community.

The intense year-long program explores a myriad of topics including economic development, local industry, health care, government, secondary and higher education, the arts and more.


Applications for the 2016-2017 LEAD Athens class will be available in the near future.

Current Class

The current LEAD Athens class boasts a diverse group of young professionals from the Athens area.


LEAD Athens has a diverse group of accomplished alumni. Continued opportunities for professional and personal development allows alumni members to continue their leadership growth and encourages greater community engagement.

Steering Committee

LEAD Athens is guided by a well-rounded and knowledgeable committee of previous LEAD Athens alumni members.

LEAD Athens Gallery