Leadership Maryville Seeks Existing & Emerging Leaders

MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce has begun taking applications for its Leadership Maryville program as it enters its 34th year.

“Leadership is truly at the core of the program this year,” said Lily White, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “Our top priority is to offer leadership development to both our current leaders and those who are new to their company or to Maryville.”

Over the last 33 years, the program has seen different formats and success levels as its revolving-door structure has ebbed and flowed. This past year the Chamber implemented a board of program trustees, to create longevity in planning and program stability, each trustee represents a different graduating class and sector of Chamber membership. The board of program trustees is listed below.

Board of Program Trustees includes: Kaity Holtman, c/o 29, Director of Communications at Conception Abbey, and President of the Chamber Board of Directors. Chad Hannigan, c/o 27, consultant for Edward Jones and Chamber Board Member. Gentry Martin, c/o 30, Office Manager for Northwest Audio Visual, and Chamber Board Member. Korrie Sowards, c/o 30, and Owner of Family Eye Clinic. Rachelle Wilmes, c/o 32, Licensed Sales Rep for State Farm Insurance- Kerry Meyer Agency. Daniel Chinn, c/o 33, Director of Planned Giving at Conception Abbey.

The class will include an all-day retreat on September 10th, followed by one half-day class a month through early spring 2020. These classes will be centered around core aspects of the community, such as economic development and education, as the program has historically. This year those themes will continue to be combined with coordinated leadership themes like personal values and soft skills. The speakers and tours will showcase how the theme has impacted community success and career development.


“We will focus not only on ways to grow the people themselves, but also on ways to give back to our community no matter what their current title or position is, it’s a goal of the program to remind citizens that everyone is a leader in their own right.” White said.


The class will also continue to bring positive impact to the community through an ongoing class project. The class will organize the effort each year, so while it may change appearance some from year to year, each year’s class will foster the project and improve and grow it over time.


The program will cost $400 for Chamber members, and $500 for nonmembers.


“This program is an investment for both the employers and employees, to further growth in their job and in how they impact their communities,” White said. “This is an exciting time in the Chamber’s world, and we’re committed to making leadership development for our businesses and our community a top priority.”


More information can be found at https://www.maryvillechamber.com/leadership-maryville

The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 15th. Applications can be returned to the Chamber by email, director@maryvillechamber.com, mail, 408 N. Market, Maryville, MO 64468, fax, 660.582.3071 or walked in.