“We need many, many citizen leaders—not just a handful—
at all the various levels and diverse segments of the city life—business leaders, neighborhood leaders, city council members and so on…There is never enough.”
-John Gardner

Leadership Lawrence, a program of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, is a professional development program that provides participants first-hand exposure to the inner workings of Lawrence and Douglas County. Since its creation in 1982, the program has developed more than 700 leaders in the community.


The mission of the Leadership Lawrence program is to inspire and strengthen active leadership in our community.

Program Overview

Working with community leaders and leadership trainers, class members learn leadership and facilitation skills that can be used to make Lawrence an even better community.

The program begins with a two-day leadership skill building retreat in September, in which participants gain and practice skills as they learn more about specific topics of community interest. Nine additional one-day sessions prepare Leadership Lawrence participants to implement collaborative leadership skills in their businesses, boards and civic groups as well as their personal lives.