Chattanooga Chamber Announces Leadership Chattanooga Class Of 2023

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce announces the membership roster for the incoming Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2023. 

"Leadership Chattanooga is the premier leadership-development and civic-engagement program for established professionals in the greater-Chattanooga region," officials said. "Since 1984 the program has positioned local civic, nonprofit and business leaders for personal and professional excellence through experiential learning opportunities, community service projects and exclusive access to Chattanooga’s top leaders." 

Over a 10-month period --beginning in August and adjourning with a graduation event in May-- participants meet monthly for daylong sessions where they learn leadership skills, as well as more about Chattanooga and what’s needed to support the region’s ongoing growth and success. 

"We welcome our incoming Class of 2023 and applaud their dedication and commitment to learning more about our community as they also advance their leadership skills," said Christy Gillenwater, president and CEO, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. "Leadership Chattanooga is a development program unlike any other, where talented people from all walks of life come together to find real-world solutions to challenges facing our community."  

This year’s class of 45 leaders from all backgrounds showcases the professional, geographic and demographic diversity found within greater Chattanooga, officials said.

Candidates admitted to the incoming Class of 2023 include:
- Stephen Adams, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.
Lisa Atkins, Alorica
Laura Bass, Zillion 
Shawnice Beard, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Sam Berry, Rise Partners
Jeremy Bradford, Xpress Global Systems
Hamilton Brock, Twelve Stones Property Group
Micah Chapman, Word Empowerment Church
Tracy Collings Reed, Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation
Jennifer Crum, Chattanooga Lookouts
Bobby Dolan, Reagan Outdoor
Josh Eckelberry, Solas Bioventures
Ronald Elliott, City of Chattanooga
JP Evans, Urban Story Ventures
Amanda Fabrizio-Grzesik, Tivoli Theatre Foundation
Katrina Farmer, The Double Cola Company
Janette Goldsmith, The Knowledge Firm LLC
Adam Gutzman, First Horizon Bank
John Haley, Unum
Randal Harrell, Synovus Bank
John Hawbaker, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Judy Herman, Counselor/Author
Alisha Hixson, Tennessee River Gorge Trust
Amber Hoyle, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga
Rachel Inman, Cempa Community Care
Jake Johnson, CHI Memorial Foundation
Calandra Jones, Tennessee Valley Authority
Stacey Keating, CBL Properties
Gabe Kurtz, Tennessee Valley Authority
Kim Leffew, Girls Preparatory School
Shaquanta Locke, Volkswagen Group of America
Sue Luse, Astec Industries
Stacy Martin, Displaycraft Inc.
Jack McAfee, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority
Layra Navarro-Flores, Hamilton County Dept. of Education
Cindee McBride, Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians
Tenasa McGhee, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga
Casey Miller, The Enterprise Center (Tech Goes Home Chattanooga)
Chloé Morrison, The Company Lab
Beth Norton, Chattanooga State Community College
Carolyn Ridge, Parkridge Health System
Jasmin Rippon, Journey Health Foundation
Jessica Stack, Tinker Ma LLC
Andrew Stephenson, CrowdCheck Law LLP
Leanna Young, FirstBank

Dr. Trae Cotton, interim dean of Humanities & Fine Arts and assistant professor of speech communication at Chattanooga State Community College, will chair Leadership Chattanooga’s Curriculum Committee for 2022-2023. In recent years the program’s curriculum was updated to align with the Chamber’s Chattanooga Climbs strategic plan.

"A diverse group of LC-alumni volunteers will assist Dr. Cotton and Chamber staff on a yearlong effort to build on this strong foundation and continue improving programmatic curriculum, to reflect both contemporary topics and the Chattanooga community," officials said.

On Thursday the Chamber will launch the 2022-2023 program year with an Orientation and Welcome Reception for the incoming Class at its new Chattanooga Chamber Connection Center by EPB. Leadership Chattanooga alumni are invited to stop by and greet the new class between 5-7 p.m. at 811 Broad St.


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