Develop Your Inner Leader with Republic Access Class Oct. 18-19

  • Published: Monday, Aug. 22, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Speakers and panelists are being lined up for the 2022 Republic Leadership Access Class (Oct. 18-19). All that is missing is you!

Republic is the focus of this training, which makes the class perfect for new residents who want to get connected and involved or any business with key employees who are new to Republic.

This leadership training will develop Republic leaders, help get local residents engaged in the community and strengthen the non-profit and social sectors. This class is custom-designed for people who live and work in Republic.

University of Missouri Extension Greene County and Leadership Springfield have joined forces to fill this identified community need in Republic.


“For Leadership Springfield, this aligns with our commitment to regionalism,” said Carrie Richardson, executive director of Leadership Springfield. “We are working to develop Republic leaders, get those leaders engaged, strengthen non-profit and social sectors, and help make the region stronger.”

With all of the growth happening in Republic, providing leadership training at a local level is vital, according to David Burton, a community development specialist with University of Missouri Extension and a resident of Republic.

“This partnership between MU Extension and Leadership Springfield makes this effort sustainable,” said Burton. “I am proud to see attendees of past leadership classes volunteering in Republic, starting non-profits, leading in the Chamber, and being involved all over town.”

Richardson, who also lives in Republic, said the goal is to help develop leadership capacity in Republic.

“I want to see residents of Republic become more connected locally and more engaged with their community. It leads to a healthier democracy, grows social capital, and has a significant positive economic impact,” said Richardson.


Mid-Missouri Bank is on board as the program sponsor. These sponsorships help to keep the program cost low even though the quality of learning will be high.

MU Extension is partnering with Leadership Springfield to bring their proven program format and research-based curriculum to residents of Republic. Leadership Springfield has a 40-year track record of success and impact.

All training speakers will be from Republic, and our focus is on giving attendees access to Republic. This training will be a fast-paced, immersive experience that includes leadership skills building and community engagement. Two days of breakfast and lunch are included!


For more information on the training, David Burton can be reached by email at [email protected] or at the local extension office by phone at 417-881-8909.

Richardson can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Register online at Find the Access class under the programs tab at the top of the page.



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