Celebrating Leadership Columbia Class of 2023 Graduation!

Columbia community,

We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2023 program and extend our warmest congratulations to the graduates on this momentous occasion! This year’s cohort has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, personal growth, and a commitment to making a positive impact in our community. We couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce organizes the Leadership Columbia program annually, a comprehensive initiative that aims to develop and nurture the next generation of community leaders. Over the past months, the Class of 2023 has immersed themselves in a variety of activities, including workshops, seminars, panels with local leaders, tours of top-notch local facilities, and plenty of networking opportunities. Through these experiences, they have gained valuable insights into our community’s challenges and developed the necessary skills to drive positive change.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to all the sponsors, companies, and attendees who made the Leadership Columbia program and graduation possible. Your generous support and investment in the development of our future leaders have played a crucial role in empowering these graduates to become effective change agents. Your dedication to community engagement and leadership development is truly commendable.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Moberly Area Community College, First Mid Bank and Trust, Boone Hospital Center, Paytient Technologies, Joe Machens Dealerships, JobFinders Employment Services, ACA Business Club – Columbia, MO, Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), Columbia Insurance Group, Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, MU Health Care, COMO Magazine, Compass Health Incorporated, True North of Columbia, and Missouri Employers Mutual, all of whose contributions were instrumental in ensuring the success of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2023. Your commitment to fostering leadership excellence in our community is truly inspiring.

Furthermore, we would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of all the companies that hosted the Leadership Columbia participants during their various site visits and shadowing experiences. Your willingness to open your doors, share your

expertise, and provide mentorship opportunities has made a significant impact on the professional growth and development of these emerging leaders.

To the graduates of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2023, congratulations once again on this remarkable achievement! You have demonstrated resilience, dedication, and a genuine passion for making a difference. We have no doubt that you will continue to positively impact our community and inspire others to follow in your footsteps. As you embark on this next chapter of your leadership journey, remember that you have a supportive network of fellow alumni and community members who are ready to cheer you on and offer guidance along the way.

In conclusion, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2023. Your collective efforts have made a lasting impact on our community, and we are excited to witness the positive change these graduates will bring forth in the years to come.


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PO Box 1016
Columbia, Mo 65205