Leadership Jefferson City

Leadership Jefferson City has been a vital program at the Chamber for the last 28 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.

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 2016 Application

Sponsorship Opportunities



The Leadership Jefferson City Selection Committee is pleased to present the 2015 Class of Leadership Jefferson City.  This group of business professionals experienced eleven sessions over six months designed to expand their leadership skills and broaden their understanding of our community. Congratulations Class of 2015!!

Class members are:  Row 1 - Jill Ott, Private Individual; Adrian Branch, Jefferson Bank of Missouri; Renee Jurgensmeyer, Scholastic Inc.; Dana Downing, Missouri Hospital Association; Rita Kempker, Capital Region Medical Center Foundation; Jennifer Jacobs, State Technical College of Missouri. Row 2 - Connie Vaughan, Candlewood Suites Hotel; Tracy Millard Chilton, All Clear Pumping & Sewer; Tamara Pitts, MoDOT; Emily Doerhoff, SSM Health – St. Mary’s Hospital; Misty Young, Lincoln University; Rachel Bruemmer, City of Jefferson Parks & Recreation. Row 3 - Jenna Korsmeyer, Midwest Independent Bank; Kevin Harris, Lincoln University; Ashley Pringer, Scholastic Inc; Emily Kampeter, Central Bank; Beth McGeorge, RE/MAX of Jefferson City; Mac McNally, Ricoh USA; Kyle Bernskoetter, Art’s Pest Control, Inc.; Dawn Cook, Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG); Travis Schaefer, Central Bank; Wes Doerhoff, Septagon Construction Company. Row 4 - Jeff Carr, Hawthorn Bank; Carl Sweezer, Mid America Bank; Laura Lewis, City of Jefferson;  Chris Galloway, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Jason Sommerer, Bartlett & West, Inc.; Chris Jones, Lincoln University; Hilary Wendell Hollon, Hollon Family Chiropractic; Paul Samson, Central Missouri Professional Services, Inc. 

Thank you to the Leadership Jefferson City Sponsors: 

Bartlett & West, Inc.

Candlewood Suites Hotel

Capital Region Medical Center

Central Bank

GFI Digital, Inc.

Hawthorn Bank

Jefferson Bank

Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG)

Jefferson City Multicultural Forum

Jefferson City Public Schools / Columbia College

Learfield Communications, Inc.

Lincoln University

Missouri Hospital Association

Scholastic Inc.

SelecTurf, Inc.

SSM Health - St. Mary’s Hospital

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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