DATE:   January 30, 2019
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director,

30 Regional Participants Begin Leadership Northwest Missouri Program

Thirty women and men make up the newest 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.

The 2019 class began with a two-day retreat, January 23 and 24, at Conception Abbey. The participants will gather monthly for day-long sessions in varied locations throughout the region. The series concludes with a July 18 graduation celebration in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Members of the 2019 class and the counties they represent are: Stephen Goss, Gina Lucas, Andrew County; Ashley Mayall, Atchison County; Cameron Corbet, Megan Deppen, Sarah Meierhoffer, Adam Watson, Buchanan County; Rachel Davidson, Devin Frazier, Rachel Hunt, Jake Oser, Carroll County; Chip Holman, Pam Holman, Alex Spencer, Clinton County; Steven Meyer, Daviess County; Jordan Eiberger, Debbie Klommhaus, Megan Miller, Gentry County; Derrick Gott, Jenna Johnson, Grundy County; Annette Deering, Samantha Grist, Holt County; Lisa Geiser, Anthony Ishmael, Robert Smith, Susan Stull, Livingston County; Jackie Cochenour, Skye Pournazari, Nodaway County; Adam Downing, Charlotte Green, Worth 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 for the progress and success of Northwest Missouri.

“The retreat was truly an amazing experience I feel blessed to be a member of this stupendous class of 2019!” Chip Holman, Gower Mayor, Clinton County

“The Kickoff Retreat was a wonderful opportunity to not only challenge myself as a Leader, but to learn from the outstanding people that make up the 2019 Class of Leadership NWMO.  I look forward to learning more about the challenges and opportunities that face our region over the coming months.” Steven E. Meyer, Daviess County

“Listening and Teamwork are key components to a successful life. I have had the feeling of not knowing a group of 30 people on day 1, to feeling that you have known them for years day 2 is something LNWMO communicates.” Jordan Eiberger, Gentry County

Sessions incorporate a blend of classroom presentations and experiential exercises; in-depth examinations of such regional issues as healthcare, regional awareness, entrepreneurship, agriculture 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.”

Please contact Deb Powers for information on Leadership Northwest Missouri,  Website:

DATE:   October 22, 2018
CONTACT:  Alicia Endicott,

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 10, 2018
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director,

Leadership Northwest Missouri Recruiting for 2019 Class

St. Joseph – Leadership Northwest Missouri is looking for the right men and women to fill its 2019 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, 2018.

Often, seminars offer tips on leadership and networking.  But Leadership Northwest Missouri is different.  It 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 2018 class participants had to say about their experience:

“I had heard that the program was a great opportunity to network and build leadership skills but that doesn’t come close to describing the experience that I had building such strong, lasting friendships with a wonderful group of leaders and learning so in-depth about myself as a leader and a person. Truly an amazing experience!”
Austin Hibler, Hamilton/Caldwell County

“Leadership NWMO was better than I could have ever imagined.  The time spent making connections with other leaders from the area and finding ways to improve myself were priceless.”
Ashley Bugbee, Bethany/Harrison County

“The experience was better than I ever could have imagined. Not only did we learn how to become a more effective leader, we learned more about our leading style and made some great friends along the way. Going forward, I have more confidence in my ability to lead due to this program.”
Coby Keyes, Savannah/Andrew County

“I am a better facilitator and understand how to manage individuals better. I am a better coach to help other managers through difficult situations. I am more comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things.”
Kari Corbin, Hamilton/Caldwell County

“LNWMO was a great opportunity to stretch and grow as a leader. The networking and friendship building with the region’s leaders, including Deb Powers and Dr. Tim Crowley, made every session a day that I looked forward to. Wish I had this opportunity years ago. Thanks LNWMO!”
Nathan Jones, Cameron/Clinton County

“My experience far exceeded my expectations.  I learned more about myself and developed approaches to leading that I had not thought about prior to the course.  I am very grateful for the support and network that was developed during those months together and really look forward to continuing to work with the program.”
Laura McFadden, Liberty/Clay County

“I joined this leadership program at the recommendation of several of my friends. I knew that I would learn and grow, but I did not expect to gain a group of lifelong friends or to learn so much about myself as both an individual and as a leader. It has been a phenomenal experience!”
Jessica Trussell, Chillicothe/Livingston County

“I applied for Leadership NW two weeks after starting a new job.  Thankfully I was accepted and the timing was perfect.  Having been in a different career for 17 years prior, Leadership NW strengthened my skills, resolve and courage to continue down a new career path.  All the amazing people I met along the way was an extra bonus.”
Alicia Endicott, Gallatin/Daviess County 

The 2019 class will begin with a two-day retreat at Conception Abbey, January 23 and 24, 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 18.

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 must limit the number of class participants.  The deadline to apply is November 1.  Please contact Deb Powers if you have questions. Website:

An application is available to download:

DATE:   July 30, 2018
CONTACT:  Deb Powers, Executive Director,

Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2018 Graduates 22 from the Region

Leadership Northwest Missouri recently held their 2018 graduation ceremony in St. Joseph at the Remington Nature Center.  The celebration began with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Robert Jandorf, Board President Elect and 2017 LNWMO graduate from Savannah. Arnie Kreek, Class of 2012, blessed the group with an invocation prior to dinner.  Phillip Ray, member of the Class of 2018, reflected on their class year sharing memorable moments, followed by a video presentation created by Becky Cleveland, Class of 2018.  Dr. Tim Crowley, Leadership Coach from St. Joseph, shared some leadership thoughts.  Deb Powers, Executive Director, presented a token of appreciation to sponsors: Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, Farmers State Bank, Mosaic Life Care, Northwest Missouri State University, Commerce Bank, Hedrick Medical Center, Missouri Western State University, Northwest Health Services, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, Thrivent Financial-Cody Vaughn, BTC Bank, Industrial Development Authority of the City of Marceline, Missouri Star Quilt Co., Mozingo Lake Recreation Park and William Coy’s Farm to Table Restaurant, and Tara Industries. Robert Jandorf recognized retiring board members:  Malinda Grant, St. Joseph; Mark Quick, St. Joseph; and Ben White, Chillicothe.

Jackie Soptic, General Board Member and Class of 2004 alum, presented the Leadership Northwest Missouri Citizenship Award for 2018 to Arnie Kreek of Oregon, MO.  Arnie Kreek has had impact on Northwest Missouri through his support and involvement in many regional organizations and because of his commitment to serving and empowering others. Recently retired from the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments in Maryville, Arnie served as Economic Development Planner since 2005 where his duties included economic development and economic facilitation for a five-county area. Arnie is also an alum of LNWMO, Class of 2012.

Robert Jandorf and Ben White presented each of the 22 graduating class members a plaque for completing the program. Graduates from the 2018 class, INNOV18, represented 15 Northwest Missouri Counties:  Andrew County, Brendon Clark, Coby Keyes; Atchison County, Ashlee Driskell, Heather Olson; Buchanan County, Chad Neff, Seth Rector, Darci Shuster; Caldwell County, Kari Corbin, Austin Hibler; Clay County, Laura McFadden; Clinton County, Nathan Jones; Daviess County, Alicia Endicott; DeKalb County, Laura Bray; Gentry County, Lori Bishop, Tammy Green; Grundy County, Lindsay Oram, Phillip Ray; Harrison County, Ashley Bugbee; Linn County, Becky Cleveland; Livingston County, Jessica Trussell; Mercer County, Tamara Campbell; Nodaway County, Monica McCollough.

A special thank you to the Graduation Planning Committee from the Class of 2017: Jeff Gates, Jan Glenn, Janice Neumann, Clay Rich and Kris Umbarger.

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.  The class began in January and continued through July with monthly sessions in various Northwest Missouri communities.  Classes during the 2018 class year were held at Conception Abbey, in Hamilton, Albany, Osborn, Carrollton, Maryville and Marceline.  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, regional vitality and team empowerment.

New LNWMO Board Members joining in July: Ashley Bugbee, Harrison County; Ashlee Driskell, Atchison County and Lindsay Oram, Grundy County.

An application for the 2019 class will soon be available on the website:

For additional information, please contact Deb Powers, Executive Director,

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

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.”

Leadership Northwest Missouri is gearing up for their 2017 class.  Here is what some of our Class of 2016 participants had to say about the program:

I learned through the program of “The Leadership Challenge” that I can truly make extraordinary things happen in my work, community, family, and life. By applying a simple yet powerful framework. Most importantly, I realized the meaningful, connected, and deeper relationships along the way are the best rewards of the entire process.  What a wonderful experience that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to improve in life.
Sean Beaver, Polo

Leadership Northwest was a great, positive experience for me. A great opportunity for anyone to expand their ability to work with others.
Darrell Gardner, Marceline

A lasting and growing experience to carry one through all leadership areas of one’s life.
Andi Ramsey, St. Joseph

This experience was so much more than I expected.  The connections, friendship, and knowledge I gained were completely beyond my expectations!
Renita Neville, Agency

Leadership Northwest was an inspirational and positive experience for me.  It helped me build healthy relationships with friends I will have for a life time!
Jenny Moss, Chillicothe

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