Since 1989, Leadership Pinebelt has trained emerging and existing leaders in Greater Hattiesburg and serves as a catalyst for increasing diversity among future leaders. Each class session focuses on enhancing leadership skills and garnering a better understanding of the roles of Healthcare, Cultural Arts, Economic Development, Military, and Industry in Greater Hattiesburg.

Leadership Pinebelt comprises a network of leaders and community volunteers who are committed to shaping our community. Each class encompasses a very diverse group of professionals who have attained leadership positions in their fields and are likely to be tapped for greater community responsibility. Through Leadership Pinebelt, each class learns ways to make a positive contribution to the community, develop and practice their leadership skills, and gain a more comprehensive background on the contemporary issues concerning the region.

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The Area Development Partnership Ambassadors assist the Chamber’s mission while gaining additional exposure for their individual companies. Serving as the Chamber’s goodwill arm, this group of recognized professionals interacts with fellow Chamber members to enhance the experience for all new and existing members. Ambassadors play a critical role in the orienting and engaging of new ADP members during their first year of membership, and assist the membership team by providing leads and referrals.


Pine Belt Young Professionals, a program of the Area Development Partnership, provides opportunities to connect other young professionals and the community through networking, professional development, and community involvement. As you connect, grow, and serve with us, we hope you will find yourself meeting new and interesting people, developing as a young professional, and becoming more involved in the community.