The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce
The Rollie Denison Leadership InstituteTM
“We are not just problem solvers, we are possibility makers.”
The Rollie Denison Leadership Institute is an intensive educational program to prepare individuals to be the leaders of the future in the greater Mt. Pleasant area. It is sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce and named after G.R. “Rollie” Denison, who was known as “Mr. Mt. Pleasant.”
Leadership Institute participants learn about the many facets of the Mt. Pleasant community including: Leadership Styles and Practices, Leadership Philosophies,Technology, Economic Development, Healthcare, Education, Criminal Justice System, Business Ethics, Business Law, Cultural Diversity, Listening Skills, Legislative Affairs / State Government (tour of the Capitol), Public Speaking, and Media Relations. The speakers for each topic area are experts in their fields and give the “perspective from the top.”
In many communities, the key civic, business, and government leaders consider themselves too busy to make presentations like these, so they send a subordinate staff member to represent the agency or organization. In Mt. Pleasant we have dedicated leaders that recognize the importance of the Leadership Institute. They make themselves available to make the formal presentations. As a result, over the nine-month program Rollie Denison Leadership Institute participants develop an incredible network of high-level contacts on which they can call for the remainder of their careers in the Mt. Pleasant community.
Graduate Network: A second important network is the Leadership Class itself. Through the intense, interactive programs, participants get to know each other and often become life-long friends, maintaining the friendships and contacts long after graduation. The Rollie Denison Leadership Institute programs are conducted every other year beginning in September of even-numbered years, and ending in May of the following year. Class size is limited to 24 individuals. During this period, the group meets for one full day per month for nine months.