IMG_7566Four members of the Southern team recently graduated from the 2013 Leadership Joplin class.

The employees, pictured left to right, include: Elisa Bryant, Foundation; Stephanie Hopkins, Student Success Center; and Karen Bradshaw and Sherri Noller, Small Business Development Center.

Leadership Joplin is a program developed by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by community businesses to identify, cultivate and motivate future community leaders. Leadership Joplin is in its 30th year with more than 600 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 11 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.