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.


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The Leadership Jefferson City Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 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: Amy Ames, State Technical College of Missouri; Nick Borgmeyer, Simon Oswald Associates; David Buttig, Missouri State Government; Sarah Cain, Capital Machine Co., Inc.; Jeff Davis, Community Health Center of Central Missouri; Suzanne Gibson, Jefferson City Magazine, Columbia Home & Lifestyle; Curtis Goben, The Architects Alliance, Inc.; Derrijk Hollon, Hollon Family Chiropractic,; Jackie Jordan, Jefferson Bank of Missouri; Joshua Kampeter, Missouri Hospital Association; Ruth Kloeppel, Scholastic Inc.; Kevin Lang, Missouri Hospital Association; Sargent Andrew Lenart, City of Jefferson; Dan Lewis, Hawthorn Bank; Kaleb Little, National Biodiesel Board; Cathy Luebbert, Capital Region Medical Center; Tony Miller, GFI Digital, Inc.; Justin Neihart, United Landscape Design, LLC; Kyle Riley, Riley Toyota Scion; Jessica Roettgen, Whaley's Pharmacy, Inc.; Jordan Rowles, Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau; Amy Schroeder, City of Jefferson; Paula Schulte, Missouri River Regional Library; Kelly Schwartze, Williams-Keepers, LLC Certified Public Accountants; Denise Smith, Capitol Plaza Hotel Convention Center; Christopher Sutton, Boys & Girls Club of the Capital City; Daniel Toosley, Central Bank; Todd Vandewalker, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital; Tara Varner, State Farm Insurance-Randy Kaiser; Jodi Winegar, Midwest Block & Brick. 

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.

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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