Leadership Columbia


2024 Co-Chairs

Nickie Davis
The District
[email protected]
(573) 442-9816

Aric Jarvis
The Broadway
[email protected]
(573) 818-6200

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 are open now for the class of 2024!

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.

Applications will be open until September 26th at 5:00PM. Applicants will be notified of the status of their acceptance in mid-October. Upon selection, applicants will be invoiced for program tuition of $950, which can be paid by credit card or check. Any class member who has not paid their tuition in full by December 15, 2023 will forfeit their place in the class.

Leadership Columbia 2024 Schedule

January 18
1-5 p.m.

January 25 & 26
12:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Optional overnight hotel stay at additional cost)

February 1
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Growth and Economy Day

February 15
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Arts and Recreation Day

February 29
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Education Day

March 12
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
State Government Day

March 28
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Media Day

April 16
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Healthcare Day

April 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Local Government Day

May 2
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Social Services Day

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

June 6
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Development and Industry Day

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

Leadership Columbia Presenting Sponsor

Retreat Location & Lodging Sponsor The Broadway – A Doubletree by Hilton; Graduation Sponsor Paytient Technologies; Leadership Development Coordinator Sponsor Veterans United Home Loans; Session Sponsors ACA Business Club – Columbia, MO, Boone-Central Title Company, Central Missouri Community Action, Columbia Insurance Group, Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), Missouri Employers Mutual, MU Health Care, Nabholz, Paytient Technologies and True North of Columbia; Class Binder Sponsor Columbia Orthopaedic Group; Print Sponsor Columbia College; Swag Bag Sponsor Big Tree Medical; 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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