We are no longer accepting applications for the LNWMO Class of 2020. The application deadline was November 1, 2019

Thank you for your interest in Leadership Northwest Missouri!

Click here to view and download our Class of 2020 Brochure.

Participants From 2019 Share Their Thoughts:

“Leadership Northwest Missouri was everything I thought it would be and more. The ability to network and truly connect with other professionals in NW Missouri has been something that will positively influence my personal/professional life.”
Steven Meyer, Albany/Gentry County

“Leadership Northwest Missouri is a life changing experience that exceeds your expectation and challenges your personal processes.”
Lisa Geiser, Chillicothe/Livingston County

“Leadership Northwest Missouri helped me to gain confidence and hone my own leadership skills, while providing me with more leadership knowledge. This program offered a look at regional issues and helped me to grow in my understanding of the needs of northwest Missouri. Together with creating contacts and meeting other leaders throughout the region, this extremely worthwhile program moved me to think on a larger scale and work toward helping the region.”
Skye Pournazari, St. Joseph/Buchanan County

2020 Class Dates/Locations…

January 29 and 30: Conception Abbey – Opening Retreat

February 20: Hamilton, Hotel Hamilton Event Center

March 19: Carrollton, Carroll County Mercantile

April 16: St. Joseph

May 21: Albany

June 11: Maryville, MOERA

June 25: Fairfax, MDT Woodworks – Pay It Forward Retreat

July 16: Trenton – Graduation


Leadership Northwest Missouri will:

  • Provide high quality training to enhance leadership skills
  • Give you the opportunity for in-depth discussions regarding issues facing our region
  • Enhance your ability to look at issues/opportunities in a regional context
  • Identify avenues for active participation at the local and regional level
  • Create a network of regional contacts
  • Provide opportunities to participate in regional class projects
  • Grant Professional Development Hours (57) at no additional cost

Criteria for Selection


Participants will be selected based on their desire to become a more effective leader in the region. Leadership Northwest Missouri recognizes the strength of diversity and will strive for a diverse class composition. Our region is defined as the following 19 counties: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth. Each county will be guaranteed one class spot. (If a qualified application is not received from a county, the unused space will be available to anyone within the region.) Applicants will be selected based on the county in which they reside or work. The Selection Committee reserves the right to review and select applicants from outside the defined region.

Time Commitment and 2020 Class Dates

Classes will meet monthly beginning with a two-day opening retreat on January 29th and 30th.  They will continue at locations throughout the region on February 20th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, June 11th and June 25th.  Graduation will be the evening of July 16th.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn by 4 p.m.  There will be required evening activities on January 29th.

Vision Statement

We envision thriving communities and dynamic leaders.

Mission Statement

We build, strengthen, and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences.