Leadership Harnett challenges graduates to apply what they’ve learned in serving their community and taking on greater leadership roles in the county by becoming active in a chamber or one of the county’s many professional associations, civic clubs, public boards and service organizations.
The program has been going strong for over twenty years and is a testament to public-private partnerships in the community. Its inception was a joint effort between Harnett County, area chambers of commerce and Campbell University. Today, it is governed by a board of directors made up of Leadership Harnett alumni.
Leadership Harnett began in 1997 as a way of bringing people from across Harnett County together and exposing them to different aspects of life in Harnett County. Former Harnett County Manager Neil Emory had seen a similar program in a county he previously worked for and decided Harnett County could benefit from such a program.