Leadership Owensboro

Leadership Owensboro

Leadership Owensboro is a Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce talent development program focused on educating, engaging and empowering individuals while also exposing participants to a variety of topics and issues.

Objectives of the Program:

  • Improve the quality of life in the Greater Owensboro region by developing leaders 
  • Identify key individuals with demonstrated leadership qualities and concern for Owensboro’s future 
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Greater Owensboro community’s opportunities, needs, challenges and resources 
  • Expose participants to a wide variety of current local leaders and notable persons through various types of networking opportunities 
  • Encourage independent thinking, fresh perspectives and approaches 
  • Empower participants with relevant community issue knowledge and future possibilities for their engagement in leadership roles

Each year, individuals are selected through a competitive application process to be a part of the Leadership Owensboro program. The Leadership Owensboro Curriculum Committee, comprised of regional community leaders, meets regularly to build agendas for the program with the goal of educating the class as much as possible on relevant and timely topics.  Program sessions are held monthly from September – May at various location in our community.

The application window for Leadership Owensboro Class of 2025 (2024-2025) will open in late June 2024. A link to the application will be available on this page while the application is open. Completed applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and invitations to participate in the 42nd class will be extended by mid-August 2024.

Program sessions include:
  • Thursday, September 28 – Friday, September 29, 2023 (Retreat)
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 (Economy and Innovation)
  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 (Education in our Community Day)
  • Thursday, December 14, 2023 (Human Needs and Services)
  • Thursday, January 4, 2024 (State of the City & County Rooster Booster)
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 (Healthcare in our Community Day)
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 (Optional Trip to Frankfort for Western Kentucky Night)
  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 (C. Waitman Taylor Jr. Government Day)
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024 (Justice Day)
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 (Philanthropy and Arts & Culture in our Community Day)
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 (Changing Your Community Day)
  • Thursday, June 6, 2024 (Graduation Day)


Leadership Owensboro has an alumni base of more than 1,000 civic, business and education leaders.

In addition to attending sessions, class members complete assignments and participate in community meetings and events to meet their graduation requirements. 

For additional information about Leadership Owensboro, please contact Ashtin Warren at 270-926-1860 or awarren@owensboro.com.