Shawnee Tomorrow Leadership

Shawnee Tomorrow is a community leadership development program with a goal to continuously develop individuals with the willingness, desire and capabilities to assume leadership roles within the Shawnee community, Johnson County and the State of Kansas and beyond.

Originally started by the Chamber in 1989, the program provides:

  • A unique opportunity to gain access to top business, civic and community leaders who play integral roles in the region
  • A behind-the-scenes view of the processes, programs, opportunities and challenges that impact the City, County and State
  • An opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas with each other and with current community leaders

From January through May, class members participate in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with community and area leaders. Shawnee Tomorrow’s topics include education,  health care, business development, regionalism, city, county and state government. 

This highly renowned leadership training program is designed to equip individuals that live or work within the Shawnee area with leadership tools and an understanding of the issues facing the area. The program consists of nine class sessions, each devoted to a specific theme important to our community. Upon completion of the program, participants will have had the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the community and the critical issues.

More than 350 individuals have graduated from the program with many serving the community in various elected positions in the city, county and state along with boards and appointed committees of the community.

The Shawnee Tomorrow Leadership Program operates under the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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Shawnee Tomorrow Alumni Comments:

Shawnee Tomorrow was such an amazing experience for me. The class developed my confidence in my community and that has really helped me to make meaningful connections with customers of the bank. I learned so much about my local community and government. It was eye opening and inspiring. While the education of our local and state governments and community service organizations was expected, I did not expect to meet so many great people and make so many great connections.

~ Suzanne Schmidt, Capitol Federal Savings, 2011 Graduate

Click here to see what Kathy Peterson of Heartland Seating said were the greatest benefits she experienced with the program.

I can say without hesitation that it is, to this day, the best way that I learned about the community and what it has to offer in my entire eight years of living here.
~ Justin Nichols, Lathrop & Gage, LLP, 2007 Graduate

While there were many things I enjoyed about the Shawnee Tomorrow leadership program, my favorite was the contacts that I gained. I still keep in contact with most of my class, and they are all individuals I would have never been this close with had it not been for the leadership program. Also, the different activities we did while in the program were a great time. My favorite was the tour of Shawnee. Having lived here my entire life, I did not think I would get much out of the tour but that was not the case at all. The different things we looked at and toured were very interesting.

~ Parker Amos, Amos Family Funeral Home & Crematory. 2012 Graduate


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