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.

Read our special publication celebrating Leadership Missouri's 25th anniversary.

Read our special publication celebrating Leadership Missouri’s 25th anniversary.

Through the sessions, participants meet and talk with Missouri’s current leaders and through panel discussions, presentations and experiences, explore the state’s opportunities, needs and resources. Leadership Missouri provides a thought-provoking experience focusing on the attributes of the state and what it means to be a leader. By visiting various regions, participants develop an enhanced view and a new meaning to the word community that spans the entire state. Download our 2018 program flier.

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.

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

The tuition and fees for the program are $1,800 for Missouri Chamber members and $2,000 for non-members. A non-refundable application fee ($30 for members, $50 for non-members) is due at the time the application is submitted.  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.

Application deadline is January 31, 2018. Click here to apply online. You can also use our printable application.

Why apply?

  • 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.

2018 Leadership Missouri Schedule

Segments begin on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. with a social reception and conclude on Fridays at noon. The first segment in April is the only exception to the schedule beginning on a Tuesday afternoon. Below is the following schedule for 2018:

  • April 17 – 20: Jefferson City – State Government
  • May 16 – 18: Hannibal – Agriculture
  • June 13 – 15: St. Louis – Health Care and Biolife Sciences
  • July 18 – 20: Springfield – Transportation and Logistics
  • Aug. 15 – 17: Kansas City – Energy and Environment
  • Sept. 12 – 14: Cape Girardeau – Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Oct. 24 – 26: Teambuilding / Graduation – Columbia

Click here to sponsor Leadership Missouri.

For more information, contact Tammy Long, at tlong@mochamber.com or 573-634-3511.