The application for the 2018 Leadership Columbia will be available in the fall of 2017.

Each year Women’s Network awards a scholarship to the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Columbia program in the name of Ron Marley.

Ron was a Shelter Insurance agent here in Columbia who was very active in the community and the Chamber of Commerce. He truly understood the power of networking and once he discovered what Women’s Network had to offer – he had the courage to become our first male member. Unfortunately, Ron along with his wife Sharon and three of his four children were tragically taken from us in a car accident in 1997. In his honor, Women’s Network established a scholarship to be able to send one of our members to the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia program.

Leadership Columbia is one of the best ways for Chamber members to learn the ins and outs of local leadership and the unique challenges of our community, as well as to expand their own leadership skills. Because the program is so intensive, only 30 people can participate. Those 30 people must demonstrate through their application the ability and desire to assume greater leadership responsibility in the community.

“Leadership Columbia is a challenging program that focuses on developing and refining the unique leadership skills in each class member.” ~Craig Brumfield, The Callaway Bank and 2010 Leadership Columbia Steering Committee Co-chair.

“Regardless of how long the participant has lived in Columbia, they will find that the program enriches their knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face our community.”

A program of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Fair Missouri Foundation, Leadership Columbia is a 12-session program. The participants in the program join almost 500 Chamber members who have completed the program since 1986.

“We are excited to announce some changes to the program this year, which include a new leadership training component and case study assessments to the already educational and highly diverse curriculum.” ~ Lindsay Young Lopez, Columbia College, and 2010 Leadership Columbia Committee Co-chair.

“Our goal is that upon graduation, each class member will have gained relevant knowledge that strengthens them professionally, supports the Chamber’s Strategic Initiatives and ultimately benefits this great community.”