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DATE:   October 26, 2021
CONTACT:  Kate Bonderer

Leadership Summit Held at Bethany Community Gym

Bethany Community Gym hosted Leadership Northwest Missouri on Thursday, October 14, 2021, for a “Fill Your Cup” leadership summit. Twenty-Four alumni of Leadership Northwest Missouri and their guests had a day of professional development and leadership building exercises. The event was organized by the 2021 Leadership Northwest Missouri class to “Recharge, Re-engage and Recruit.” Brian Carter, Bethany Chamber of Commerce President offered a welcome to Bethany, Patrick Miller, LNWMO Class of 2015, provided the group with a regional success story and Shelbi Davis, University of Missouri Medical Student, provided information and resources about the ongoing opioid epidemic. Dr. Tim Crowley followed as the keynote speaker.

Leadership Northwest Missouri is a program for community leaders interested in the regional growth of Northwest Missouri through high-quality training and networking opportunities. Participants are selected from the nineteen counties of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth. For More information, visit www.leadershipnorthwestmissouri.org.

DATE:   September 28, 2021
CONTACT:  Shane Lynch, Event Coordinator

First ever Leadership Northwest Music Jam drew approximately 300 attendees and raised over $9,800 for the leadership organization.

Country music recording artist, Sunny Sweeney, and local Trenton resident, Salem Croy, drew a crowd of approximately 300 attendees to the first ever Leadership Northwest Music Jam on Saturday night.   All ticket proceeds benefited the Leadership Northwest Missouri program and raised $9,881 for the organization.   

The show was hosted at Black Silo Winery in Trenton, MO on Saturday, September 25.   Smoked Iguana and 50 Grams Foods provided food trucks for dinner options.

“I hope the Music Jam becomes an annual event.  It was a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with Leadership Northwest alumni, enjoy some good food and listen to fantastic music with great friends.” says Dr. Kristen Alley, LNWMO Board of Directors.  She adds, “Sunny and Salem were incredible, the weather was perfect, and the fellowship was exceptional.  It was great to see a variety of people, young and old, socializing and having such an enjoyable evening.  This is what makes our local, small communities so special.  Our newest alumni did a fabulous job organizing this event.  They set the bar high for future classes and really demonstrated why we call our part of Missouri the Great Northwest!”

Leadership Northwest Missouri would like to thank the attendees for supporting the music event and the organization.  Also, a very special thank you to all the sponsors for their overwhelming generosity and support for the event.

Sponsors of Leadership Northwest Music Jam include: Platinum level sponsors – Black Silo Winery, Regional Radio, K4C Premier Cottages, North Central Missouri College, Smithfield, Northwest Health Services, and Northwest Missouri State University Nursing Program;  Gold level sponsors – BTC Bank, Main Street Mercantile, Marcia J Cox, ASM, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, and Zane and Jordan Jones;  Silver level sponsors – Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Farmers State Bank, Trenton HyVee, Weldon Builders & Construction, and Cobblestone Inn & Suites of Trenton;  Bronze level sponsors – Dillon Harp – State Farm Agent, Main Street Trenton – TDIA, Century 21 Team Elite and, Jennee Gregory.

Leadership Northwest Missouri (LNWMO) is a program for community leaders interested in the regional growth of Northwest Missouri through high-quality training and networking opportunities.  Participants are selected from the nineteen counties of the Northwest region and there are currently 440 alumni members that have benefited from this program.  Leadership Northwest Missouri is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The next Leadership Northwest Missouri event is a Leadership Summit titled “Fill Your Cup,” which will be held in Bethany, MO on Thursday, October 14. 

Leadership Northwest Missouri is currently recruiting for the Class of 2022.  An application can be found at https://leadershipnorthwestmissouri.org/.  The application deadline is Monday, November 1.  For more information about Leadership Northwest Missouri, please visit the website.

DATE:   September 8, 2021
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director

Leadership Northwest Missouri Recruiting for 2022 Class

St. Joseph – While life is anything but typical right now, we understand the importance of continuing to offer opportunities to lead, connect and grow within the Northwest Missouri region. Leadership Northwest Missouri is looking for the right men and women to fill its 2022 class, promising those who join an experience they’ll never forget. Eight days over a seven-month period is the commitment, but the results are worth so much more. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2021.

Often, seminars offer tips on leadership and networking, but Leadership Northwest Missouri is different. This program provides a localized experience, offering leadership training, education on hot topics in the region, and access to a well-connected network of contacts. Here is what some of the 2021 class participants have to say about their experience:

“Leadership Northwest is not just about professional development, but focuses on your personal journey as well. It’s a great program that allows people at every level to further their leadership skills not only in the workplace but in their community as well. It’s a wonderful opportunity for anyone who would like to apply.” Lesley Delaney, Carrollton/Carroll County 

“Saying that LNWMO met my expectations would be an understatement. The program was inspiring, educating, and overall, an incredible learning experience giving me the opportunity to utilize tools from this class in my professional and personal life. Most of all, the fellow leaders in this class are now lifelong friends. My experience in this class was incredible and I’m so thrilled to continue my involvement as an alumni member.” Shane Lynch, Trenton/Grundy County

“Leadership Northwest covers 19 counties. We learned about the challenges and opportunities in many counties and came away with ideas to take back to our communities. During our leadership training we learned to: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart. These lessons were taught through team building activities, classroom lectures and discussion with peers. At the heart of LNWMO was relationship building because we need each other to build a healthy future for our towns and cities. I highly recommend this course.” David Lucas, Oregon/Holt County

“LNWMO was the refreshment I didn’t realize how much I needed and was ever so timely! As a current business owner and company leader, I am like most and need to “refuel and fill up” my own spirit from time to time. This then enables one to be more effective in “pouring into” others. I’m so happy this program is available and it’s truly a one-of-a-kind gift and experience that every participant will cherish.” Melissa King, Trenton/Grundy County

“When I started the Leadership Northwest Missouri program, I was asked what I hoped to take away. I said lifelong friends and connections and a better understanding of the Northwest region as a whole. I can say wholeheartedly that I am walking away from the program with classmates who became friends. I visited places I had never been in Northwest Missouri and learned about amazing people who are running businesses and doing other inspiring things in their communities. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!” Becky Kendrick, St. Joseph/Buchanan County

“I think anyone who has an interest in developing or enhancing their leadership skills, and building connections with resources from across the region, will benefit from this program. Age, profession or years of experience does not matter. It was truly an experience I will never forget. Of all the great things you learn in this program, it’s amazing how much you learn about yourself and what you are capable of accomplishing. Take a leap and push your boundaries. You won’t regret it!” Kate Lyons, Carrollton/Carroll County

The 2022 class will begin with a two-day retreat at Conception Abbey, January 19 and 20, led by Tim Crowley, Ph.D., a national speaker on personal and professional development. Day-long monthly classes will follow in various communities throughout our 19-county region, (Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth), with the class graduation scheduled for July 14, 2022. 

Class participants will come away with a new outlook on the workplace, enhanced leadership skills, hands-on team building exercises, communication and motivational skills, and so much more. To create an effective experience, Leadership Northwest Missouri will limit the number of class participants. The deadline to apply is November 1. Please contact Deb Powers if you have questions, debdpowers@gmail.com. An application is available to download at:  https://leadershipnorthwestmissouri.org/program-information

DATE:   July 28, 2021
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director

Leadership Northwest Missouri is grateful to have recently received two charitable gifts. One from The Harry and Helena Messick Charitable Trust, US Bank, N.A. Trustee, in the amount of $4,500, and one from The Harold P. Dugdale Charitable Trust, US Bank, N.A. Trustee, in the amount of $2,000. These funds will greatly assist with sustaining our mission to build, strengthen and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences.

Leadership Northwest Missouri is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
https://leadershipnorthwestmissouri.org       

Courtney Jimenez, Trust Advisor, U.S. Bank Wealth Management, presented checks to members of the Leadership Northwest Missouri Board of Directors.

DATE:   July 21, 2021
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director

Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2021 Graduates 19 from the Region

Leadership Northwest Missouri recently held their 2021 graduation ceremony in Cameron at the Cameron Community Center. The celebration began with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Julie Robertson, Chair of the Graduation Planning Committee and 2020 LNWMO alum. Tim Wymes, 2020 LNWMO alum, blessed the group with an invocation prior to dinner. Katelyn Addison and Tammy Sparks, members of the Class of 2021, reflected on their class year sharing memorable moments, followed by a video presentation created by Jenna Stevens, Class of 2021. Dr. Tim Crowley shared uplifting leadership thoughts to all in attendance. Brenda Williams, Board Finance Member and 2007 LNWMO alum, presented a token of appreciation to Program Sponsors-Affiliate: Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri; Gold: BTC Bank; Silver: Farmers State Bank and Northwest Missouri State University; Bronze: Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Gower Area Chamber of Commerce, Hedrick Medical Center, Mosaic Life Care, Nodaway Valley Bank and St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. Rachel Davidson, Board President and 2019 LNWMO alum, recognized retiring board members: Ashlee Driskell, Tarkio, and Dr. Lindsay Oram, Trenton, both alumni of LNWMO Class of 2018.

Brenda Williams presented the Leadership Northwest Missouri Citizenship Award for 2021 to Steve Schieber, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Luke’s Health System’s Critical Access Region, Chillicothe, MO. Not only has Steve achieved successes professionally, he has continued to inspire countless individuals, been involved with a wide array of community groups and projects, and mentored and developed many leaders. Additionally, he has overseen and led numerous initiatives to enhance and grow health-related services within Saint Luke’s Critical Access Region, which provides valuable health care services to thousands of residents in rural areas, where access to quality health care would otherwise be limited. Steve is also an alum of the first class of LNWMO, Class of 2001.

During this year’s graduation ceremony, a new award was bestowed to a very worthy individual. The Leadership Northwest Missouri Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to honor Dr. Bob Bush. Dr. Bush was very instrumental in the creation and implementation of Leadership Northwest Missouri, now in its 21st year. Bob is an alum of Leadership Northwest Missouri, having participated in the first class of 2001. He has always been a true catalyst for change and has left a big imprint on Northwest Missouri that will transcend for generations to come.

Rachel Davidson presented each of the 19 graduating class members a plaque for completing the program. Graduates from the 2021 class, “The Comeback Class,” represented the following Northwest Missouri Counties-Andrew County: Jennifer Jarvis; Buchanan County: Megan Atha, Becky Kendrick; Carroll County: Lesley Delaney, Kate Lyons; Clinton County: Jake Forsythe; Gentry County: Tammy Sparks; Grundy County: Melissa King, Shane Lynch, Jenna Stevens; Harrison County: Katelyn Addison; Holt County: David Lucas; Livingston County: Kyle Pittman; Mercer County: Tiffany Berndt, Marcia Cox; Nodaway County: Brooke Byland, Samantha Cole, Heather Shumake, Mike Stolte.

A special thank you to the Graduation Planning Committee from the Class of 2020: Anna Barlow, Kaylee Gibson, Courtney Jimenez, Mackenzie Manring, Ashley Putnam, Julie Robertson and Tim Wymes.

Leadership Northwest Missouri is a leadership development program designed to bring together participants from throughout a 19-county region to build, strengthen and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences. This class began in January and continued through July with monthly sessions in various Northwest Missouri communities. Classes during the 2021 class year were held in St. Joseph, Carrollton, Oregon, Maryville and Trenton as well as some Zoom sessions. Each session contained instruction on various leadership skills, in-depth examination of various issues facing the region and hands-on exercises. In addition to entrepreneurship, other regional issues that were addressed included quality of life, youth empowerment, infrastructure, recreation, agriculture, workforce development, team empowerment, healthcare, mental health, regional awareness, regional vitality, and education.

LNWMO Board Members joining the board are: Dr. Kristen Alley, Galt; Marcus Casady, Maryville; Julie Cobb, St. Joseph; Jennifer Jarvis, Savannah; and Heather Shumake, Burlington Junction.

DATE:   January 26, 2021
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director

20 Regional Participants Begin Leadership Northwest Missouri Program

Twenty women and men make up the 2021 class of Leadership Northwest Missouri, an annual series of sessions that bring together existing and emerging leaders from throughout a 19-county region to discover and sharpen their leadership skills, explore regional issues and build a network of contacts throughout Northwest Missouri.

COVID-19 continues to throw curve balls at leadership programs all over the country. We believe it is important for our program to Model the Way by creating an exceptional experience while also following current safety guidelines and allowing for a level playing field for all participants, so the 2021 class began with a two-day virtual retreat, January 20 and 21 instead of meeting in person. The participants will continue to gather monthly for day-long sessions either virtually or in varied locations throughout the region. The series concludes with a July 15th graduation celebration in Caldwell County.

Members of the 2021 class and the counties they represent are: Jennifer Jarvis, Andrew County; Megan Atha, Becky Kendrick, Buchanan County; Lesley Delaney, Kate Lyons, Carroll County; Kyle Pittman, Clinton County; Jake Forsythe, Daviess County; Tammy Sparks, Gentry County; Melissa King, Shane Lynch, Jenna Stevens, Grundy County; Katelyn Addison, Harrison County; David Lucas, Holt County; Tiffany Berndt, Marcia Cox, Mercer County; Brooke Byland, Samantha Cole, Dr. Bob Machovsky, Heather Shumake, Mike Stolte, Nodaway County.

Leadership Northwest Missouri has become the catalyst for identifying, training and connecting the leaders of our region and is a pathway for effective leadership for generations to come. There is a deliberate focus on fostering a sense of ownership for the region – that we have interdependent roles and we depend on each other for the progress and success of Northwest Missouri. Two members of the 2021 class share their experience thus far:

“Thrilled to have this opportunity to grow and learn with such an amazing group of talented and smart individuals. Leadership Northwest Missouri is by far exceeding my expectations on what I thought it could do for me personally and professionally!” Dr. Bob Machovsky, Nodaway County

“I feel honored to be part of a group of individuals who not only want to better themselves but also our communities. I am excited to see where this year takes us.” Tammy Sparks, Gentry County

Sessions incorporate a blend of classroom presentations and experiential exercises; in-depth examinations of such regional issues as education, recreation, youth development, healthcare, quality of life, entrepreneurship, agriculture, regional awareness/vitality, infrastructure, workforce development and team empowerment round out each session.

“Regional-focused leadership development programs are the foundation for building the capacity of individuals, communities and regions to solve their own problems,” said Dr. Tim Crowley, a local leadership expert who is one of the program’s facilitators. “Participants develop leadership best practices, establish strong networks, increase ability to solve complex problems and deepen their understanding of regional needs and assets.”

DATE: December 15, 2020
CONTACT: Deb Powers, Executive Director

Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2020 Graduates 21 from the Region

Leadership Northwest Missouri recently held their 2020 graduation ceremony in Gower at Backwoods Venue 222. The celebration began with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Ashlee Driskell, Past Board President and 2018 LNWMO alum. Chip Holman, 2019 LNWMO alum, blessed the group with an invocation prior to dinner. Kaylee Gibson, Julie Robertson and Tim Wymes, members of the Class of 2020, reflected on their class year sharing memorable moments, followed by a video presentation created by Cindy Wells, Class of 2020. Rachel Davidson, Board President and 2019 LNWMO alum, presented a token of appreciation to Program Sponsors-Affiliate: Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri; Silver: BTC Bank, Farmers State Bank, Mosaic Life Care, Nodaway Valley Bank, Northwest Health Services, Northwest Missouri State University, Union State Bank; Bronze: Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Gower Area Chamber of Commerce, Hedrick Medical Center, and St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. Lunch Sponsors were also recognized: Community Hospital-Fairfax, Missouri Star Quilt Company, Mosaic Medical Center-Albany, and Mosaic Medical Center-Maryville. Ashlee Driskell recognized retiring board members: Robert Jandorf, Savannah; Wes Moore, St. Joseph; Jackie Soptic, Trenton and Stephanie Williams, Cameron.

Brenda Williams, General Board Member and Class of 2007 alum, presented the Leadership Northwest Missouri Citizenship Award for 2020 to Anna Barlow, Carrollton, MO. Anna, Carroll County Chamber Director, willingly led the charge of area businesses and leaders through one of the most troubling times in recent history, Covid-19. Her leadership was put to the test, but she didn’t fall short of the victory when the community was able to see a light at the end of the tunnel by not stalling out or declining. From serving on various boards to donating time to her church, YMCA, local hospital and city park, Anna has a vision for Carrollton. Her vision is to make everyone she meets a better person, every business in the community successful and to surround herself with like-minded individuals. Anna is also an alum of LNWMO, Class of 2020.

Ashlee Driskell and Rachel Davidson presented each of the 21 graduating class members a plaque for completing the program. Graduates from the 2020 class, Co-VISION-20, represented the following Northwest Missouri Counties-Andrew County: Ashlee Boner; Atchison County: Dave Fast, Nikki Graves, Katrina Lock; Buchanan County: Kaylee Gibson, Rob Honan, Courtney Jimenez; Carroll County: Anna Barlow; Clinton County: Tim Wymes; Gentry County: Jenny Huard, Mackenzie Manring; Grundy County: Megan Taul; Harrison County: Whitney Esry; Holt County: Judy Hood, Randy Mendenhall; Livingston County: Ashley Putnam; Mercer County: Maria Peace; Nodaway County: Debbie Bennett, Julie Robertson, Cindy Wells, Br. David Wilding. Receiving a Certificate of Participation were Julie Burns, Clinton County; Rick Daly, Clay County; and Teresa Mier, Buchanan County.

A special thank you to the Graduation Planning Committee from the Class of 2019: Jenna Carlock, Derrick Gott, Rachel Hunt, Anthony Ishmael, Gina Lucas, Ashley Donnelly Mayall, Susan Stull and photographer, Skye Pournazari.

Leadership Northwest Missouri is a leadership development program designed to bring together participants from throughout a 19-county region to build, strengthen and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences.  This class began in January and continued through November with monthly sessions in various Northwest Missouri communities. Classes during the 2020 class year were held at Conception Abbey, in Hamilton, Maryville, Albany, Rock Port and via several Zoom sessions.  Each session contained instruction on various leadership skills, in-depth examination of various issues facing the region and hands-on exercises.  In addition to entrepreneurship, other regional issues that were addressed included healthcare, agriculture, regional awareness and team empowerment.

LNWMO Board Members joining in December were: Deborah Borchers, Kaylee Gibson, and Courtney Jimenez, St. Joseph; Kari Holdsworth, Agency; and Randy Mendenhall, Oregon.

For additional information, please contact Deb Powers, Executive Director, debdpowers@gmail.com.

DATE:   September 23, 2020
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director

Leadership Northwest Missouri is grateful to have recently received two charitable gifts. One from The Harry and Helena Messick Charitable Trust, US Bank, N.A. Trustee and one from The Gary G. Taylor Charitable Trust, US Bank, N.A. Trustee, in the amounts of $4,500 each. These funds will greatly assist with sustaining our mission to build, strengthen and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences.

Leadership Northwest Missouri is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
https://leadershipnorthwestmissouri.org

Courtney Nixon, Trust Officer, U.S. Bank Wealth Management, presented checks to members of the Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2020 recently at one of their class sessions.

DATE:   October 22, 2018
CONTACT:  Alicia Endicott, aendicott@mail.ncmissouri.edu

Leadership Summit Held at NCMC

Trenton, MO – North Central Missouri College hosted Leadership Northwest Missouri on Thursday, October 18, 2018, for a “Fill Your Cup” summit.  Eighty-five alumni of Leadership Northwest Missouri and their guests had a day of professional development and leadership building exercises.  The seminar was organized by the 2018 Leadership Northwest Missouri class to “Recharge, Re-engage and Recruit”.  Dr. Tim Crowley facilitated the discussions and a leadership panel Q&A with regional leaders that included,  Marcia Cunningham – Brookfield Area Growth Partnership, Program Coordinator; Greg McDanel – Maryville, City Manager; Phillip Ray – Grundy County Presiding Commissioner – Elect, & NCMDA Board of Directors; Steve Schieber – CEO of Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe and Interim CEO of Wright Memorial Hospital, Trenton; Annette Weeks – Director of Center for Entrepreneurship, Craig School of Business & Technology, MWSU.

Leadership Northwest Missouri is a program for community leaders interested in the regional growth of Northwest Missouri through high-quality training and networking opportunities.  Participants are selected from the nineteen counties of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth.

DATE: September 1, 2016
CONTACT: Ben White, President; Staci Baker, President Elect

LEADERSHIP NORTHWEST MISSOURI AFFILIATES WITH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF NORTHWEST MISSOURI
Leadership Northwest Missouri is pleased to announce their affiliation with Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri.  They are a great organization for LNWMO to affiliate with.  Community Foundation’s vision is “To be a national leader in regional collaboration creating the culture which results in increased philanthropy and prosperity.” Their vivid description: “Northwest Missouri is known for its vibrant home towns with extraordinary citizens who invest in and care about the prosperity of their region. Through regional collaboration the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri fosters grass roots innovation and economic vibrancy in communities. We believe our success in the future is based on our work today.”

Leadership Northwest Missouri mirrors Community Foundation’s efforts in our region, providing the fit needed to continue to grow our communities now and in the future. Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri covers 18 of our 19 counties in Northwest Missouri.  This change will provide continuity of the program as the board continues to look at potential growth for Leadership Northwest Missouri. “Our partnership with Community Foundation is invaluable and our visions for the future of Northwest Missouri are very similar. This affiliation made sense on so many levels. Their resources will be a huge asset to our organization, and we look forward to working with them to better the Great Northwest,”  President Ben White said. Our “physical” office/mailing address is now:  1006 West St. Maartens Drive, Suite B, St. Joseph, MO 64506.

In addition to this new partnership, LNWMO is pleased to share that Deb Powers has been hired by Leadership Northwest Missouri to continue as Executive Director.  President Elect Staci Baker said, “We are very excited that Deb accepted LNWMO’s proposal.  We are blessed to have her.  She does an amazing job keeping things on track and maintaining the organization of the program.  With her knowledge and enthusiasm, LNWMO will continue to foster leadership development and growth throughout our Region.”  https://leadershipnorthwestmissouri.org/board-of-directors