Leadership Maryville

Members of Leadership Maryville 33rd class and Lily White, executive director of the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce, are shown with Gov. Mike Parson and former State Rep. Mike Thomson.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce has announced it is accepting applications for its Leadership Maryville program, as it enters its 34th year.

“Leaderhip is truly at the core of the program this year,” said Lily White, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “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 past 33 years, the program has seen different formats and success levels. This past year the chamber implemented a board of trustees for the program in order to create longevity in planning and program stability, according to the release. Each trustee represents a different graduating class and sector of chamber membership.

The Board of Program Trustees includes: Kaity Holtman, 29th class, director of communications at Conception Abbey and president of the chamber board of directors; Chad Hannigan, 27th class, consultant for Edward Jones and chamber board member; Gentry Martin, 30th class, office manager for Northwest Audio Visual and chamber board member; Korrie Sowards, 30th class and owner of Family Eye Clinic; Rachelle Wilmes, 32nd class, licensed sales rep for State Farm Insurance – Kerry Meyer Agency; and Daniel Chinn, 33rd class, director of planned giving at Conception Abbey.

Class features

The class will include an all-day retreat on Tuesday, Sept. 10, followed by one half-day class a month through early spring 2020. The classes will be centered around core community aspects, such as economic development as well as leadership themes such as personal values and soft skills.

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,” said White in the release.

The class also will organize a class project to bring positive impact to the community. Each year’s class will foster the project and improve and grow it over time.

Cost of the program is $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 explained.

To apply

More information may be found at https://www.maryvillechamber.com/leadership-maryville. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 15. Applications may be returned to the chamber by email, director@maryvillechamber.com, by mail or dropped off at 408 N. Market St., Maryville, MO 64468 or by fax at 660-582-3071.

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