Leadership Jefferson City


Leadership Jefferson City has been a vital program at the Chamber for the last 27 years.  Around 800 people have graduated from this program and gone on to be active leaders within our community. 

Leadership Jefferson City is designed to identify and motivate emerging leaders, and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by exposing them to the opportunities, realities and challenges of the community. The topics of the eleven sessions included team building retreat with the history of Jefferson City, arts & recreation, diversity, education, health & wellness, industry, local government, media, state government, technology and volunteerism.

Only 30 people are selected to participate in this five month program.  Sessions start in January and run through May. 

For more information, please call Dana Struemph, 638-3589. To be on the mailing list for the next class, contact danastruemph@jcchamber.org.


Leadership Jefferson City 2015 Application

Sponsorship Opportunities




Front Row: Karen Enloe, Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation; Anne Clouse, March of Dimes; Denny Hamilton, Capital Region Medical Center; Kelsey Sandbothe, Selec Turf, Inc.; Amie Wheeler, Hawthorn Bank; Amy Shaw, City of Jefferson. Second Row: Jean Klindt, Missouri Hospital Association; Lauren Maddox, City of Jefferson; Claudia Schoonover, Missouri River Regional Library; Ashley Varner, Central Missouri Community Action; Nathan Hays, Corwin Automotive Group. Third Row: Patrick McKim, Central Bank; Kacey Young, Jefferson Bank of Missouri. Forth Row: Mike Hyde, St. Mary's Medical Center; Mitch Rademan, Ricoh USA; Michael Swanigan, SERVPRO of Jefferson City; Derek Schnieders, GFI Digital, Inc.; Ross Kasmann, Engineering Surveys & Services; Willie Jude, Lincoln University; Fifth Row: Adam Veile, COMMUNIQUE', Inc.; Adam Hogg, Scholastic Inc.; Stan Mantle, William Woods University; Aaron Kliethermes, Linn State Technical College; Steven Buhr, Wisch & Vaughan Construction; Jamie Reed, Capital Mall; and Travis Koestner, MoDOT - Central MO District.

Not Pictured: Kathleen Cavender, Runge Nature Center - MO Department of Conservation; Gary Davis, Bartlett & West, Inc.

Thank you to the Leadership Jefferson City 2014 Sponsors:

Bartlett & West, Inc.

Capital Region Medical Center

Central Bank

Cole County Industries

Community Health Center of Central Missouri

GFI Digital, Inc.

Hawthorn Bank

Jefferson Bank

Jefferson City Information Technology Coalition

Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG)

Jefferson City Multicultural Forum

Jefferson City Public Schools

Learfield Communications, Inc.

Missouri Hospital Association

Scholastic, Inc.

St. Mary’s Health Center

State Technical College of Missouri

William Woods University



  • "My time at leadership JC was an amazing experience. I have live in Jefferson City my entire life and learned about so many things that JC has and can offer that I didn't even know existed. I have also met some great people within the class that I can say will be life time friends and colleagues. I feel like the experience has helped me grow within the community as well as myself and am thankful for the opportunity."


  • "Above and beyond what I expected...The opportunity to meet people and learn about places in Jefferson City that I probably wouldn't have otherwise.  Fantastic friendships and connections."


  • "Making 30 new friends and contacts, getting involved in volunteer opportunities, learning about Jefferson City, going places I've never been."


  • "Hands on, interactive sessions; meeting employees, students, or people involved with whatever area we were observing.  This was a wonderful experience too full of "bests" to abridge in this small space!"


  • "There are so many highlights from Leadership but I really enjoyed getting to do things that I would have never had a chance to do without this program.  Examples would be eating lunch at the Governor's Mansion, sitting in the Supreme Court chairs, or going to the top of the Capitol.  Even though I have lived in Jefferson City my whole life.  I don't think I would ever had a chance to experience these things in our community.  I now just feel much more knowledgeable about our community and have Leadership to thank. I really enjoyed my classmates with our class being such a unique and diverse group of people.  Everyone had different passions and interests in our community and it was neat to see other people's views."


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