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 thecommunity. The topics of the eleven sessions included team building, diversity, history of Jefferson City, wellness/social services, state government, education, local government, technology, volunteerism, industry, media, and arts & recreation.

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 2014 Application

Sponsorship Opportunities



Steven Buhr, Wisch & Vaughan Construction

Kathleen Cavender, Runge Nature Center - MO Department of Conservation

Anne Clouse, March of Dimes

Gary Davis, Bartlett & West, Inc.

Karen Enloe, Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation

Denny Hamilton, Capital Region Medical Center

Nathan Hays, Corwin Automotive Group

Adam Hogg, Scholastic Inc.

Mike Hyde, St. Mary's Medical Center

Willie Jude, Lincoln University

Ross Kassmann, Engineering Surveys & Services

Aaron Kliethermes, Linn State Technical College

Jean Klindt, Missouri Hospital Association

Travis Koestner, MoDOT - Central MO District

Lauren Maddox, City of Jefferson

Stan Mantle, William Woods University

Patrick McKim, Central Bank

Mitch Rademan, Ricoh USA

Jamie Reed, Capital Mall

Kelsey Sandbothe, Selec Turf, Inc.

Derek Schnieders, GFI Digital, Inc.

Claudia Schoonover, Missouri River Regional Library

Amy Shaw, City of Jefferson

Michael Swanigan, SERVPRO of Jefferson City

Ashley Varner, Central Missouri Community Action

Adam Veile, COMMUNIQUE', Inc. 

Amie Wheeler, Hawthorn Bank

Kacey Young, Jefferson Bank of Missouri


Leadership Jefferson City 2014 Sponsors:

Bartlett & West, Inc.

Candlewood Suites Hotel

Capital Region Medical Center

Central Bank


Cole County Industries

Hawthorn Bank

Jefferson Bank

Jefferson City Information Technology Coalition

Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG)

Jefferson City Multicultural Forum

Learfield Communications, Inc.

Linn State Technical College

Missouri Hospital Association

Providence Bank

Scholastic, Inc.

St. Mary’s Health Center

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 timefriends 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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