Leadership Jefferson City

Leadership Jefferson City has been a vital program at the Chamber for the last 30 years.  Over 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.

The applications are available in November and a Steering Committee will review the applications and select the participants in December. Only 30 people are selected to participate in this six month program.  Sessions start in January and run through June. 

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 Application  

Sponsorship Opportunities



The Leadership Jefferson City Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Class of Leadership Jefferson City.  This group of business professionals will experience eleven sessions over the next six months designed to expand their leadership skills and broaden their understanding of our community.


Class members are front row (l to r): Sharon Knorr, Hawthorn Bank; Jennifer Winkelman, RE/MAX Jefferson City; Andria Hendricks, Lincoln University; Brittney Henson, Domenico's Italian Restaurant & Lounge; Nikole Peek, Scholastic Inc.; Pamela Buettner, Flat Branch Home Loans; Melinda Cardone, Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.; second row: John Martellaro, Martellaro Marble & Granite; Christina Stegeman, Jefferson Bank of Missouri; Amanda Graham, Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG); Jennifer Suchanek, City of Jefferson; Christi Spaunhorst, Providence Bank; Dr. Linda Landon, Research Communique; Lisa Collier, Hollon Family Chiropractic; third row: Michelle Hughey, Capital Region Medical Center;  Janine Haynes, Missouri Hospital Association; Christina Prucha, State Technical College of Missouri; Andy Carroll, City of Jefferson Parks & Recreation; back row:  Bradley Kellerman, Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln; Sgt. Chad Stieferman, City of Jefferson JCPD; Ryan McDaniels, Newman, Comley & Ruth PC; Tammy Gilpin-Coplin, Midwest Block & Brick, Inc.; Justin Holliday, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital; Natalie Roark, MoDOT - Central MO District; Rev. Tony Alter, Faith Lutheran Church;  Patrick Kremer, Central Missouri Professional Services, Inc. Not pictured: Ryan Drewel, Whaley's Pharmacy, Inc.; Jeanette Guajardo, Candlewood Suites Hotel; Suzie Sharpe Dillane; RedWood Financial Group.


Thank you to the Leadership Jefferson City Sponsors: 








  • "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."
  • "My time at Leadership JC was an amazing experience. I have lived in Jefferson City my entire life and learned about so many things that Jefferson City 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 I am thankful for the opportunity."
  • "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!"
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