Leadership Visit

What is Leadership Visit?

The Leadership Visit is an annual fall experience coordinated by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce for a diverse delegation of business, education, government, and community leaders from Columbia and Boone County.  This provides a valuable format to bring together community leaders, decision-makers, and ideas in order to openly discuss and address challenges facing our community while taking advantage of opportunities and making positive changes.  In addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas, the Leadership Visit allows for high-level network development and relationship building among business and civic leaders.

Why study Columbia?

For six years, the Leadership Visit program has had an opportunity to explore the best ideas of nationally-recognized communities across the United States.  In 2020, the Leadership Visit will take place in Columbia to review the opportunities and challenges in our own community, invest in our local economy during this needed time, and engage in collective visioning for our ongoing economic recovery. Specific sessions are currently being developed, but will largely focus on planning and opportunities for recovery in a variety of sectors, such as local government, business sectors, higher education and schools, the nonprofit sector, and more.

Format for 2020

The Leadership Visit will open with a reception on Sunday evening, October 25.  General sessions will be held all day on Monday, October 26 with a seated dinner that evening, followed by all-day sessions and group wrap-up on Tuesday, October 27.  Plans are being made for social distancing as guided by Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services at all event activities.  Please be aware this will include the use of consistently assigned seating at “stable tables” of rounds, to enable contract tracing should it become necessary.

Who can attend? 

Registration is open to Chamber members who are interested in coming together to share ideas and make positive changes in our community. Attendees have historically included leaders and decision-makers from our business, education, government and nonprofit sectors.

How do I register?

The cost is $800 per person. Registration includes your participation in all general sessions, as well as all meals.  If you choose to stay in the group hotel, those accommodations must be made and paid for separately. Participation is limited and based on availability, and will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration form and full payment. Registration will open during the beginning of August.

Contingency Plans

In the event it is impossible or impractical to hold the Leadership Visit in Columbia in October 2020, your registration and payment will automatically be transferred to April 28-30, 2021.  Please hold these dates on your calendar. If you need to discuss options to change the name of your registrant later, please contact Jolyn Sattizahn at [email protected]

Watch a recap of Leadership Visit 2020 below

Applications are currently closed. Please, check back in Summer 2021.

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