Leadership Columbia

2024 Co-Chairs

Nickie Davis

The District
(573) 442-9816

Aric Jarvis

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 their acceptance status 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.
Retreat (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 20
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Closing Session & Graduation

Leadership Columbia Presenting Sponsor

2024 Sponsors

Retreat Location & Lodging Sponsor

The Broadway – A Doubletree by Hilton

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
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
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 jazmyn@comochamber.com or (573) 817-9112.