Leadership Joplin is a program developed by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and sponsored by community businesses to identify, cultivate and motivate future community leaders. Leadership Joplin is in its 36th year with more than 925 graduates. This informative and thought-provoking program introduces participants to the community, exposes them to its challenges and requires them to fully participate in the 12-session curriculum. In addition, Leadership Joplin provides a strategic curriculum to enhance participants’ leadership skills and creates a dialogue for discussion on relevant topics and assessment of case studies, ultimately supporting the Chamber’s strategic initiatives and goals. Anyone who has a genuine interest in community leadership and wants to broaden their scope of knowledge beyond their current level is encouraged to apply to Leadership Joplin.
Arvest Bank believes strongly that people are the most valuable asset of any organization, including business and community. We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of Leadership Joplin and a part of developing leaders that will continue to provide the guidance and direction for the Joplin area for years to come. We have seen first-hand the knowledge, insight and engagement this program fosters in each participant, and that energy is multiplied as each goes back to their daily routines and interacts with others. This excitement and connectivity is an example of what will continue to make Joplin a great place to live and work.
Chad Evans, President, Arvest Bank
Class of 1998