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Leadership Rockdale

What is Leadership Rockdale?

Leadership Rockdale is a program of the Conyers– Rockdale Chamber of Commerce which provides a learning experience for current and emerging leaders of Rockdale County.  Participants of the program will be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of the promises and challenges facing Conyers and Rockdale County and the diversity of the county and region.

The program is designed to be an educational experience.   As such, Leadership Rockdale will not attempt to create a consensus of opinions or to promote any specific issue.  Participants will be encouraged to take their increased knowledge of the community, awareness of its institutions, and familiarity with its leaders into their world and involve themselves in all areas of community life.  Using their leadership skills with a broader understanding of the complexities of our community, participants will be better prepared to lead Rockdale toward a brighter future.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

A diversified group in terms of race, sex and occupation will be selected.  Participants will represent a cross-section of individuals from businesses, social services, neighborhoods, religious, cultural and educational organizations.

What Can the Participant Expect?

Leadership Rockdale will develop leadership skills and knowledge of the community through a series of seven full day sessions and a retreat.  Topics such as the justice system, government, education, community wellness and industry will be addressed.  Information will be presented through lectures, panel discussions, tours, and informal question and answer sessions.

Participants must show a sincere commitment, be motivated and interested in the community, and have the desire to increase their service in key leadership positions in Rockdale County.  Each class member must make a firm commitment to attend the entire Leadership Rockdale program.   

How Much Time Will Be Required?

Leadership Rockdale sessions will be held from September through May.  Participants are expected to attend 100% of the seven full-day monthly sessions and the overnight retreat.  A strict attendance policy is maintained.  The policy is reviewed with each participant and if not followed will affect the participant’s receipt of their diploma at graduation.

What is the Cost?

Tuition for each participant is $850 (Chamber member & non-profits) or $950 (non-member)*.  Participants are responsible for paying their own tuition or making arrangements for payment by their employer and/or a sponsoring organization.  The fee must be paid prior to the retreat in September.  Fees are used to provide honorariums for speakers, transportation, meals, social activities and administrative costs.

How is One Accepted? 

Individuals must be nominated for the program by a firm, organization or individual who submits the form included in this brochure.  Once an applicant is nominated, he or she will be asked to complete a detailed application.  The application becomes the sole basis for selection.

For more information or nominate someone for the next class, please contact Katy Zahradnik at 770-483-7049 or

Pictured:  LR Class of 2019 working on their Legacy Project – “Unity Garden at Olde Town”

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“Using the Chamber as part of your marketing strategy will provide you a great deal of value and return for your investment many times over.”

-Ken Holmes, Selective Solutions

“As one of the oldest businesses in Conyers, we have been part of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber most of those 37 years and have always found value in the many programs offered by the Chamber.”

-Owners, Danny & Cindy Lockhart, Your Town Magazine and Clean & Tidy Carpet Cleaning

“As a local non-profit joining the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber has been one of the most effective and beneficial decisions we at AWAKE Coffee Community have made. Now in our third consecutive year, I firmly believe we would not have experienced the growth we have without the support and encouragement of our Thursday community connectors leads group.”

-Noelle Cosby, President and Co-Founder

“Copy Central has been in business in Conyers/Rockdale County for the past 9 years. Shortly after we opened in Conyers we joined the Chamber with the hopes that we would meet prospective customers. Being an active Member of the Chamber has allowed us not only to grow our Customer base but to get involved in the Community on a more personal basis. Many members of the Chamber are not only Customers of Copy Central but are valued Friends and Partners in Community Affairs.”

-Dotti Bala, Copy Central, Inc.

“The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber is a great way to meet business people in the community and to make business connections that benefit every one involved. Also a great way to plug in by serving on any of the many committees that the Chamber offers. Definitely a positive return on our investment at Conyers Flower Shop, Inc.”

-Alan Sherrill, Conyers Flower Shop, Inc.

“My Thursday morning leads group has been great for my business. In the last 12 months, I have had about 20 different leads passed to me and that equaled about $80,000 in closed business. We are like family now!”

-Thomas C. Dean, III, Premier Flooring Group

"The secret to chamber membership is: You will only get out of the chamber what you put in to it. Simply becoming a member is not enough. Thankfully, our chamber has a plethora of networking opportunities to get your name, face, product or service out there, and people will remember you when they have a need for the service you provide." -- Jason Witcher, CRPC Edward Jones Financial Advisor