Leadership Missouri

The Leadership Missouri program was created on the belief that the community, just as any business or organization, requires strong leadership to improve and grow. Founded in 1990, Leadership Missouri aims to identify current and emerging leaders throughout the state, enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the state’s opportunities and challenges. In April of each year, the selected participants begin a series of seven monthly, two-day sessions.

Apply for the 2021 class

Class Application Process

You are eligible for the Leadership Missouri program if you are a resident of the state, are employed by a Missouri firm or are involved in leadership activities.

Selection Process
Candidates will be selected primarily on the basis of prior leadership experience and the desire to become a more effective leader. A special subcommittee from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry will make the final selections.

Why attend Leadership Missouri?

  • If you want to learn more about major issues facing Missourians.
  • If your firm does business with the state of Missouri.
  • If it’s important that you become more effective in dealing with business leaders or elected officials.
  • If you want to target your leadership skills toward meeting major statewide concerns.
  • If you have plans to someday run for public office.

Fill out the online application here. Applications for the 2020 class are now closed, but applications for 2021 are being accepted. A non-refundable application fee of $30 for members or $50 for non-members must accompany the application upon acceptance into the program. Do not send tuition fee with application! Those accepted into the program will be notified.

Tuition & Funding
The tuition and fees for the program are $2,000 for Missouri Chamber members and $2,300 for non-members. The tuition fee covers scheduled class meals, breaks, group transportation, class materials, other organizational costs and Leadership Missouri lifetime alumni membership. The candidate is responsible for hotel, travel and other out-of-pocket expenses not directly related to Leadership Missouri.

You are expected to attend every session. However, with special permission from the director you will be allowed to miss 1 segment, or 16 hours. If you miss more than 16 hours, you will need to make up the same amount of time during the following year in order to graduate.

2020 Class Details

Deadlines for the 2020 Class
Those accepted into the 2020 program will be notified by March 1, 2020. Tuition for the 2020 class must be paid by March 30, 2020. Applicants for 2020 who have not paid tuition by the March 31, 2020 deadline will not be eligible to participate in the program. No tuition refunds will be made.

2020 Scholarship Opportunities
Through the generosity of the Leadership Missouri Alumni, we are offering scholarships for the 2020 Leadership Missouri program. The scholarship(s) awarded will total up to $1000 as determined by the Scholarship Committee. The amount awarded will be applied to the registration fees for the Leadership Missouri program. Scholarships will be awarded based on need. Scholarship application deadline is January 31, 2020. Any scholarship recipient unable to attend the Leadership Missouri program will forfeit the scholarship to an alternate, as selected by the Scholarship Committee.

Selection criteria:

  • Candidate’s potential for leadership
  • Benefits to the candidate’s professional development
  • Potential positive impact to the candidate’s organization
  • Potential positive impact to the candidate’s community

2020 Class Sessions

  • Jefferson City | April 7-10
  • St Louis | May 20-22
  • Chillicothe | June 17-19
  • Kansas City | July 22-24
  • Cape Girardeau | August 12-14
  • Joplin | September 16-18
  • Lake of the Ozarks | Oct 21-23

For more information contact Tammy Long at tlong@mochamber.com or 573-634-3511. To become a sponsor of Leadership Missouri, contact Linda Gipson at lgipson@mochamber.com or 573-634-3511.


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