Leadership Columbia


2023 Co-Chairs

Heather Brown
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
[email protected]
(573) 814-6393

Nathan Todd
First State Community Bank
[email protected]
(573) 441-1800

What is Leadership Columbia?

Leadership Columbia is an annual 6-month program of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce that identifies, cultivates, and motivates future community leaders. This informative and thought-provoking program introduces participants to the opportunities and challenges in our community and educates them about the Chamber’s strategic initiatives.

Class members are required to fully participate in the 13 program activities, including an orientation, retreat, regular sessions, and graduation day. Regular sessions involve a combination of panel discussions, tours, hands-on experiences, one-on-one interactions with current community leaders, and leadership building group activities designed to expose participants to the industry area covered in each session.

Application and Selection Process

Applications for the 2023 Leadership Columbia class have now closed. Keep an eye out for next year’s application in September 2023!

Each application is reviewed by a Steering Committee which looks at individual qualifications and a broad spectrum of experience. The Steering Committee strives to select a diverse representation of all segments of our community.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their acceptance in mid-October. Upon selection, applicants will be invoiced for program tuition of $900, which can be paid by credit card or check. Any class member who has not paid their tuition in full by December 16 will forfeit their place in the class.

Leadership Columbia 2023 Schedule

January 17
1-5 p.m.

January 26 & 27
12:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. (overnight)

January 31
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Media Day

February 14
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Social Services Day

February 28
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Development & Industry Day

March 7
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
State Government Day

March 21
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Arts & Recreation Day

April 11
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Education Day

April 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Growth & Economy Day

May 9
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Local Government Day

May 23
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Life Science & Agriculture Day

June 6
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Healthcare Day

June 13
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Closing Session & Graduation

Leadership Columbia Presenting Sponsor

Retreat Location & Lodging Sponsor Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville; Graduation Gold Sponsor First Mid Bank & Trust; Session Sponsors ACA Business Club – Columbia, MO, Columbia Insurance Group, COMO Magazine, Compass Health Incorporated, Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), Missouri Employers Mutual, MU Health Care, Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, and True North of Columbia; Class Binder Sponsor Columbia Orthopaedic Group; Lunch Catering Sponsors Dive Bar CoMo and Honey Baked Ham Co. and Cafe; Soft Drinks Sponsor MAAD Creative LLC, Water Sponsor Culligan Water of Mid Missouri


Questions? Contact Director of Program Development Jazmyn Drake at [email protected] or (573) 817-9112.

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