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) is now open!

Application for Leadership Owensboro Class of 2025


You may also nominate individuals for the Leadership Owensboro program by completing a nomination form:

2025 Nomination Form

Application deadline is Thursday, July 25, 2024. Completed nominations and applications may be hand-delivered to the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce at 200East Third Street, Owensboro, KY 42303 or submitted via email to: awarren@owensboro.com.

All submitted applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and invitations to participate in the 42nd class will be extended by mid-August 2024.

2024-2025 Program session schedule includes:
  • Thursday, September 26 – Friday, September 27, 2024 (Mandatory Retreat)
  • Thursday, October 17, 2024 (Economy and Innovation)
  • Thursday, November 21, 2024 (Education in our Community Day)
  • Thursday, December 19, 2024 (Human Needs and Services)
  • Thursday, January 9, 2025 (State of the City & County Rooster Booster)
  • Thursday, January 23, 2025 (Healthcare in our Community Day)
  • Thursday, February 13, 2025 (Optional Trip to Frankfort for Western Kentucky Night)
  • Thursday, February 20, 2025 (C. Waitman Taylor Jr. Government Day)
  • Thursday, March 20, 2025 (Justice Day)
  • Thursday, April 17, 2025 (Philanthropy and Arts & Culture in our Community Day)
  • Thursday, May 15, 2025 (Changing Your Community Day)
  • Thursday, June 5, 2025 (Graduation)


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.