2016 LOP group photo

Leadership Overland Park

Leadership Overland Park was established to ensure the continuing vitality of the community by providing a solid source of motivated leaders who are educated about the community and its issues, as well as prepared to accept future leadership roles in the Overland Park area.

The annual Leadership Overland Park program informs participants about critical issues facing Overland Park, Johnson County and the metropolitan region, and provides opportunities to engage in organizations that resolve these issues. The program focuses on information, education and discussion of local and regional assets, challenges and opportunities.

Founded in 1983 as a program of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, the program is now a program of the Chamber’s educational foundation. Leadership Overland Park has graduated more than 600 alumni who provide leadership in Overland Park’s business community, as well as in private, public and non-profit organizations.

Leadership Overland Park features 10 full-day classes held over a six-month period. Sessions focus on specific aspects of Overland Park such as city, county and state government, history, education, politics and current issues facing the city, county, metro area and state.

2017 LEADERSHIP OVERLAND PARK CLASS
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LEADERSHIP OVERLAND PARK ALUMNI
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LEADERSHIP OVERLAND PARK CURRICULUM
The program gives focus to the Overland Park community, its opportunities and challenges.  Emphasis is given to the City of Overland Park, Johnson County, the Kansas City Metro Area and the State of Kansas. During each session, participants learn what is needed of leaders in Overland Park.

In addition to the 10 sessions, participants are required to attend a city council meeting. Also required is attendance at one of the following meetings: Shawnee Mission or Blue Valley School Board or Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees.

The goals of Leadership Overland Park are as follows:

  • Identify, educate and motivate potential leaders for voluntary positions within the community
  • Provide these potential leaders with an awareness of the issues and opportunities facing the community
  • Develop a format for ongoing communications among emerging and established leaders
  • Encourage these informed leaders to increase their involvement in local community affairs by matching their skills and interests to existing needs
  • Explore various concepts of leadership and leadership techniques


BENEFITS

  • Increasing source of quality leaders for the Overland Park community
  • Improved communications network among civic, business, social and educational leaders in the Overland Park area
  • Assistance to potential leaders in their development, accurately matching their skills and interests with the needs of the community
  • A leadership base with a broadened perspective, prepared to more effectively guide the community into its future


SESSION DATES
Sessions are held January-June with a graduation and recognition event held in June. All class members are required to attend each session in its entirety.

CANDIDATES

  • Approximately 30 adult individuals are chosen by a selection committee made up of graduates of the program and chamber staff. Candidates are selected on the basis of written applications submitted to the selection committee. Criteria include leadership ability or potential ability, along with evidence of a strong commitment to the community. The selection committee seeks a class representing diverse backgrounds, affiliations and goals.
  • Nominations may be submitted by individuals, area businesses and community organizations and must have full approval of the organization they represent. It is both acceptable and appropriate to nominate yourself.
  • Nominations for the 2018 class will be accepted beginning in June 2017.

NOMINATIONS
Nominees/Applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 
• Live or work in the City of Overland Park or submit a statement of relevance indicating his/her connection to Overland Park 
• Be 21 years of age or older 
• Have decision-making responsibility within his/her business 
• Show evidence of leadership in the workplace, community or both 
• Be willing to commit the required time to Leadership Overland Park 
• Be committed to utilizing his/her leadership skills and knowledge for the long-term benefit of the community

COST
Tuition for the program is $1,100* for Chamber members or $1,350* for non-members, payable by the individual, the employer or the sponsoring organization (cost is subject to change). Payment is due in full before the first session.
*Prices are for the 2017 program and may increase after 2017.

COMMITMENT
An applicant’s willingness to invest the time required for active participation in the program is a requirement of selection. In order to graduate from Leadership Overland Park, participants must attend all nine sessions. Session hours vary, but typically start at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

For more information: Celia Fritz-Watson at (913) 766-7603 or cfritzwatson@opchamber.org.

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