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 May of each year, the selected participants begin a series of seven monthly, two-day sessions. Watch the 2021 class recap below to see what’s in store for your future leadership training!

2022 Leadership Missouri Dates

May 17-20  •  St. Louis
June 15-17  •  Kirksville
July 20-22  •  Kansas City
August 24-26  •  Springfield
September 14-16  •  Jefferson City
October 12-14  •  Warrensburg
November 9-11  •  Lake of the Ozarks

Class Application Process & Details

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.

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.

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

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.

Applications for the 2023 class will be available soon. 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 by March 1, 2023.) Tuition must be paid by March 31, 2023. Applicants who have not paid tuition by the March 31, 2023 deadline will not be eligible to participate in the program. No tuition refunds will be made.

Scholarship Opportunities
Through the generosity of the Leadership Missouri Alumni, we are offering scholarships for the 2023 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, 2023. Any scholarship recipient unable to attend the Leadership Missouri program will forfeit the scholarship to an alternate, as selected by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarships may be available for not for profit and small businesses. All scholarship recipients are expected to attend all sessions.

Apply for scholarships here

Tuition & Funding
The tuition and fees for the 2022 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.


Sponsorship Opportunites Available!

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

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