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.

The 2023 class schedule is listed below. If your schedule does not allow for total participation, consider applying for the Leadership Columbia Class of 2024 so that you can take full advantage of the incredible opportunities offered.


Application and Selection Process

Each potential participant must submit a completed application, a resume, a letter of support from a direct supervisor, and answers to the essay questions on the next page. All applications must be received by September 30 in order to be considered.

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.

Selection for Leadership Columbia is based on the following criteria: 

  • Involvement in professional and/or managerial positions
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to assume greater community leadership responsibility
  • Clear willingness to make a commitment to the community in subsequent years
  • Proof of the full support of the organization or business they represent

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.

Two scholarships are available for those who cannot afford to participate without financial assistance. Please fill out the scholarship portion of the application form if you would like to be considered.

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 14
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 Vice President of External Affairs Lily White at [email protected] or (573) 817-9112.

Tiger Scholarship Fund