Leadership Berkeley

Nominations will be accepted through July 15, 2024.


Program Objectives
The Objective of Leadership Berkeley is to develop and enhance community leadership by offering participants:

  • knowledge and awareness of the problems, opportunities and issues facing Berkeley County,
  • contacts and communications networks, including face-to-face meeting with State Legislators and other Government leaders,
  • alumni access to a more active and effective role in addressing community needs.

Program Design
Leadership Berkeley is designed to provide a series of educational and participatory experiences as well as an opportunity for dialogue and the development of new personal relationships among participants. An interesting variety of topics will be covered and full participation of each individual is required.

Tuition for 2024-2025 is $1195 (for members of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce) and $1495 (for non-members) to participate in Leadership Berkeley. The participant's employer or sponsor should provide the tuition. Payment of the fee shall be made after a participant is selected and not at the time of application. Fees are expected to be paid prior to a participant beginning the first session. Tuition includes all course materials, trip to Charleston, monthly lunch, and graduation.

Nomination/Selection Process
A representative group of approximately 25 participants will be selected from business, the professions, religion, government, education, civic groups, the arts, organized labor, minority organizations and community groups. Leadership Berkeley seeks potential leaders as well as individuals who have already attained high levels of leadership in their respective spheres of influence, have demonstrated a commitment to the community and are likely to assume greater responsibility.

Nominations are sought and encouraged from all segments of our community. Individuals may nominate themselves or those they feel best exemplify the Leadership Berkeley philosophy and goals. Applicants are encouraged to become Chamber members, however their membership is NOT required to be nominated for Leadership Berkeley.

Participants are chosen from written applications by the Leadership Berkeley Committee. Each candidate is rated by the members of the Leadership Berkeley Committee against a clear-cut set of criteria. No more than one participant per business/organization may be selected. Those candidates not selected should reapply the following year.

You are encouraged to review this information and submit nominations for participation in this program or encourage a colleague to apply. Nominations may be submitted to the Chamber online (see below), or by calling the Chamber at 304-267-4841. Nominees will be sent an application which must be completed and returned for review by the Leadership Berkeley Committee.

It is necessary for nominees to have the support of the organization or corporation that they represent.

While analyzing potential growth, concerns and opportunities, each session promises to provide practical insight and useful information for each participant. Tours, discussions and group activities enhance the program, making it a rewarding experience for all.

  • Orientation
  • Leadership Lessons
  • Team Building
  • Education Day
  • Local Government Day/Public Safety Day
  • State Government Charleston Trip
  • Healthcare Day
  • Human Services Day
  • Business Day
  • Community Cultures & History Day


Nominations will be accepted through July 15, 2024.

All persons nominated will be sent an application form to be completed no later than August 1, 2024.

This program is made possible by our partners and sponsors:

Program Partner:

Blue Ridge CTC

Platinum Sponsors:


United Bank

Bronze Sponsor:

Pam Neely - State Farm