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 while exposing them to the Chamber’s strategic initiatives.


Those selected are required to fully participate in the 14 program activities, including an orientation, retreat, regular sessions, and graduation day. Regular sessions involve a combination of panel discussions, tours, hands-on experience, one-on-one interaction with current community leaders, and leadership building group activities designed to expose participants to all aspects of the topics covered in each session. Each session begins with an hour focused on leadership style and skills development, followed by in-depth exploration of a particular industry area. Industry areas include Education, Healthcare, Media, Social Services, Development & Industry, State Government, Arts & Recreation, Local Government, Life Sciences & Agriculture, and Growth & Economy.

Leadership Columbia Presenting Sponsor:

Graduation Gold Sponsor First Mid Bank & Trust; Session Sponsors Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care, Columbia Insurance Group, First State Community Bank, Missouri Community College Association, Missouri Employers Mutual, MU Health Care, and True North of Columbia; Class Binder Sponsor Columbia Orthopaedic Group