Students put leadership in practice during Missouri Chamber education program

There’s no better way to develop leadership skills than to practice, practice, practice. That is exactly what more than a hundred students will do while attending the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership in Practice program this week.
More than 120 high school students have been selected as future leaders from schools across the state. Held from July 25-27 on the Missouri Military Academy campus in Mexico, Mo., Leadership in Practice is designed to provide young Missourians with the opportunity to learn what it takes to be an effective leader in their schools and communities.
All participants are students between their freshman and sophomore years in high school. With help from Missouri business leaders and educators, the students learn firsthand about how to successfully work together as a team and individually as a leader.
Students will be challenged to use leadership skills in activities that simulate real-life situations. Working in small groups, the students develop business plans for a new product or service. Participants are also encouraged to set goals for themselves for their development as leaders.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry applauds the efforts of these future leaders and the potential they bring to our state. Leadership in Practice is part of a youth leadership educational program that was created by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in 1962. It is funded through scholarships provided by state businesses and civic organizations.
If a member of the media is interested in attending this program, please contact Andrea Morrow at 573-634-3511 or by email at


Monday, June 23

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.                Breakfast – (Leadership Hall)

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.                Opening Activities – (Coulter Science Center- Auditorium)

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.                Global Leadership –(St. Mary’s Church- main floor above museum)

   Dr. George B. Forsythe, President, Westminster College

   Retired Brigadier General, US Army

10:00 – 12:00 p.m.                     Global Leadership –Breakout sessions (St. Mary’s Church and Churchill Museum)


Churchill Museum Activity – Mandy Plybon- International Panel -WC Students- Small Group Discussion -Discover Groups-
Group 1 (50 students) Group 2 (50 students) Group 3 (50 students)

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.                Lunch – (Leadership Hall)

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.                       Discovery Groups Global Leadership Learned –(Leadership Hall)

Report out

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.                       Finding & Building Leadership

Building Products Lego exercise –Groups 1-6   (Hunter Activity Center)

Scavenger Hunt –Groups 6-12 (Leadership Hall)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.                 Civic Leadership: Engaging Community Action –(Leadership Hall)

Ken Hussey, Community Relations Director, YMCA Jefferson City, Mo  3rd Ward City Council Member, Jefferson City, MO

 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                       Dinner – (Leadership Dining Hall)                                

6:15 – 8:00 p.m.                Leadership- In Action – (Freshmen Quad)(Hands on activity outside)

SFC- Dan Thompson, Marketing NCOIC, Missouri Army National Guard

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.                Recreation Time: Recreation Equipment Available           


10:00 p.m.               Meet with counselors in the dorms
Tuesday, June 24


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.                Breakfast – (Leadership Hall)


8:30 – 8:45 a.m.                Opening Activities – (Coulter Science Center- Auditorium)


8:45 – 10:00 a.m.                Entrepreneurship Segment – (Coulter Science Center- Lecture Hall)

   Nathan Mc Kie, President, Navigator Consulting, Inc.


  • Business Plan Development
  • Branding and Marketing Development
  • Operations Logistics
  • Financial
  • 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.                Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.                The Toyota Way: From Leadership to Performance Improvement                                                  (Coulter Science Center- Lecture Hall)                                                Kathryn Ragsdale, Corporate Affairs, Toyota-Bodine
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.                Economic Leadership – (Coulter Science Center- Lecture Hall)

                                             Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                Lunch – (Leadership Hall)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                Pictures – (Leadership Hall)


Starting a New Business in My Hometown – (Coulter Science Center- classrooms)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                Recreation Time: Gym Open


5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                Dinner – (Leadership Dining Hall)


6:00 p.m.                Entrepreneurship: Economic Leadership In Action – (Leadership Dining Hall)

 Jeff Frazier, President, US Cellular

6:30 p.m.                Our New Business – (Leadership Dining Hall)

Discovery group presentations- students make their pitch to entrepreneur panel

– Jeff Frazier, President, Cellular Today, Mexico, MO

– Kat Cunningham, President, Moresource, Inc., Columbia, MO

– Dr. Dave Schmidt, Director, Business, Research, Information and Development                    Group- MU Business Development Program

– Gus Wagner, President, The Rocket Group


8:00 p.m.                 Entrepreneur Project Awards

   Jeff Frazier, President, US Cellular                                                        


8:30 – 10:30 p.m.                Recreation Free Time: Recreation Equipment Available 

11:00 p.m.               Meet with counselors in the dorms

12:00 a.m. (midnight)        In your room – Lights Out


Wednesday, June 25

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast – (Leadership Hall)

8:40 – 8:45 a.m.               Opening Activities – (Leadership Hall)

8:45 – 10:00 a.m.               The Five Basic Leadership Questions! – (Leadership Hall)

                              Dave Lankford, Jefferson City, MO

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.              Break

10:10 – 10:40 a.m.               Ethics of Leadership: Community/Society based values – (Leadership Hall)

Dave Lankford, Jefferson City, MO

10:40 a.m.                     Our Leadership Code                             

11:25 a.m.                     My Leadership Creed

11:55 a.m.                     Intentional Leadership

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.              Lunch – (Leadership Hall)

12:00 – 12:45p.m.              Discovery Group – Evaluation

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.              Program Closing: Reflections on Leadership – (Leadership Hall)

Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce


1:30 p.m.               Adjourn – Checkout


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