The first Leadership Northwest Missouri Class was held in 2001. (Class members totaled 19 and included: Tim Asher, Mary Sanders Attebury, Bob Bush, Marcie Cutsinger, Jeanne Daffron, Jeanne Dau, W.C. Farmer, Cliff Gauldin, Jason Helton, Janet Hogue, Aline Laing, Paula Overfelt, Brenda Parman, Deb Powers, Shelly Robertson, Steve Schieber, Steve Snook, Jack Vernon and Duane Williams.)

In December 1999, community leaders from Northwest Missouri came together at Conception Abbey to brainstorm about regional issues. One of the issues that came out of this forum was the need for leadership development on a regional scale. The group concluded that while there are many outstanding local leadership development programs in our communities and an excellent statewide program, there are no programs that address leadership development at the regional level.

As a result, Leadership Northwest Missouri was created to bring together up-and-coming leaders from throughout the region to hone their leadership skills, explore regional issues and gain a network of contacts throughout the region. Leadership Challenge core practices are taught using a blend of classroom presentations and experiential exercises. In-depth examinations of such regional issues as agriculture, entrepreneurship, economic/workforce development, education, healthcare, infrastructure, technology and regional vitality round out each program day. Sessions are held monthly in various communities throughout the region. Class members are selected based on their commitment to the region and leadership potential.

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