2015 Leadership Missouri program kicks off in Jefferson City celebrating 25 years

Current and up-and-coming business leaders from across the state joined together this week for the first segment of the Leadership Missouri program. As part of their stay, the Leadership Missouri class met with key leaders of the state, including Attorney General Chris Koster, State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, Missouri Budget Director Linda Lubbering and lawmakers in the State Capitol.

On Tuesday evening, the group arrived in Jefferson City and enjoyed a group dinner and presentation on True Colors by SFC Dan Thompson of the Missouri National Guard. During their visit to the capitol they participated in a mock simulation on the House floor courtesy of Chief Clerk Adam Crumbliss, who is a 2005 alumni of the program. The group toured the State Capitol building, Supreme Court, Jefferson City Correctional Center, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri National Guard Ike Skelton Center, among other locations around the area.

“During the course of the program we expose these professionals to a variety of leadership styles and organizations around the state, providing them with keen insight into exemplary principals of leadership,” said Brian Crouse, vice president of education for the Missouri Chamber Foundation. “The class members are encouraged to take back the knowledge gained and the connections made to improve not only their personal leadership capabilities, but enhance their business or organization’s overall performance. The personal “take-a-ways” and relationships that they make over the course of the program last a lifetime.”

Leadership Missouri was founded in 1990 to identify current and emerging business and government leaders throughout Missouri, enhance leadership skills, and deepen participants’ knowledge of the economic challenges and opportunities facing the state. The goal is to prepare participants to take an active role in advancing the state for the common good. The strength of the program for the last 25 years rests upon the dedicated engagement of prior classes.

“The alumni are critical to developing each segment, reaching for greater heights then what they experienced during their class year,” Crouse said.

Over the past 25 years, a select group of nearly 900 of Missouri’s best and brightest business and government leaders have participated in the program to date.

For more information on the Leadership Missouri program, contact Brian Crouse, vice president of the education for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at 573-634-3511 or bcrouse@mochamber.com.

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