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Leadership Dawson

Developing Leaders for the Future of our Community

Strengthen your leadership skills and knowledge of our community through our 10-month leadership development program


"To cultivate a cadre of leaders who share a desire to advance our vibrant community."


"To provide relevant educational programs to inspire and empower citizens to lead within Dawson County.

What is Leadership Dawson?

Leadership Dawson is a dynamic program supported by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce since 1992. For each Leadership class, a diverse and qualified group of individuals are selected to participate.

Through a retreat, interactive activities, presentations, discussions, and work sessions, the program seeks to inspire those who are willing to get involved. Participants are given the opportunity to meet and interact with current community, business, and government leaders throughout the program. In addition to gaining valuable leadership skills and insight about our community, participants will gain a new network of relationships with individuals throughout diverse sectors of our community.

The time commitment for participants includes 8 full-day sessions from October-May, an orientation session in August, a mandatory overnight retreat in September, a graduation ceremony, homework assignments, and a class project. Attendance at all programs is mandatory. The cost for the 10-month course is $500 and includes the retreat, all sessions and materials, meals, and transportation. It is important that applicants recognize that a serious commitment to make every class is required. In return, participants are guaranteed to leave Leadership Dawson better equipped to take an active role in our community.

  • Gain a broader understanding of your community and how it functions
  • Meet influential community leaders

    Northside Hospital Forsyth

    Presenting Sponsor

  • Acquire valuable information and access to resources with aid in work and civic engagement
  • Create a positive presence and identify yourself and business organization as a partner of the community.

Interested in participating in Leadership Dawson? Contact the chair of the program:

Carol Tyger -

Enrollment is limited.

Program Format

JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Thank you to our alumni sponsors!

Karmen Pharris - PalmerHouse Properties

Class of 2020

Amy Smith~Angelia Holloway~Anna Duncan~Ben Barrett~Beth Covington~Bethany Goines~Betsy McGriff~Bobbi Larson~David Stanley~Denise Ray~Jameson Kinley~Johnathan Sanchez~Karmen Pharris~Laura Fulcher~Leslie Clark~Lisa Fletcher~Mathew Hughes~Matthew Mimbs~Marcus Sewell~Becca Walsh~Rhonda Tower~Robert Followell~Shannon Voss~Shawn Hooks~Sophia Dearwent~Taylor Bennett~Wesley Bearden

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