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A program of the Dothan Area Chamber Foundation, the mission of Leadership Dothan is to build a stronger community by developing leaders who effectively serve and unify Dothan and Houston County. The program provides a diverse group of emerging and existing community leaders with opportunities to enhance their community knowledge, civic network and leadership skills. Click here to view our Leadership Dothan brochure.


  • To conduct an annual program to help participants gain perspective on issues important to the community, interact with regional decision-makers, and identify new avenues for civic engagement.
  • To inform and develop community leaders through an intensive nine-month leadership curriculum.
  • To engage more talented, committed and diverse boards.
  • To build a leadership resource to serve future community needs.
  • To establish strong, diverse networks with leaders across all sectors.  



  • Nine-month program with monthly day-long session from September until May. Classes study topics such as:
    • Opening and Closing Retreats
    • Team Building, Leadership Skills, Conflict Resolution
    • Health and Human Services and Quality of Life
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice System and Local Government
    • Public Safety
    • Economic Development
    • Sessions held at different locations throughout Houston County.


How Individuals Benefit:

  • Enhanced leadership skills, including collaboration, cultural competency and communication skills.
  • Allows them to examine their own values, philosophies and beliefs.
  • Builds trust, rapport and networks among people with different views and gives limitless opportunities to network with class members alumni.


Who Should Apply:

Approximately 40 participants are selected based upon the information provided in the applications to represent our culturally, ethnically, socially, economically and geographically diverse community. Applicants must live or work in Dothan/Houston County and show sincere concern about the future of the county and commitment to help shape its future. Applicants must also be or be employed by a membrer of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.


Time Commitments:

Candidates accepted into the program are expected to fully participate in all seven session (third Thursday of each month) from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and two retreats – a two-day Opening Retreat in September and one-day Closing Retreat in May.



Tuition for each participant is $1,000 (Chamber members) and $1,500 (non-members) that covers all program costs, including all meals, transportations and materials.The incoming class will kick off each year in September.

For more information about the Leadership Dothan program, contact Linda Kelley, director of community development, at (334) 792-5138 or lkelley@dothan.com. Click here to view our Leadership Dothan brochure.