We launched Leadership Omaha in 1978 to develop effective leaders who will strengthen and transform the community. This year, LO celebrates its 40th anniversary. A selection committee of program alumni and Chamber board members ensures that each class of 45 to 48 participants reflects the diversity of the community-at-large.
Leadership Omaha Goals
To provide opportunities for communication among emerging and established leaders
To develop participant awareness of the Greater Omaha community, its problems, challenges and opportunities
To explore the aspects of leadership and help participants identify and enhance their own leadership styles with emphasis on the community perspective
- To create an environment in which participants are motivated to develop a sense of community trusteeship and encouraged to assume leadership roles in community affairs
- Open to participants who live or work in the Greater Omaha area
- Program tuition: $2,250
- Program runs from August – June with monthly seminars from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. with the exception of the September mandatory opening retreat.
- A small group activity is another core part of the programming with each group selecting, developing and executing a project for the benefit of the Omaha community.
Curriculum focuses on:
- Community trusteeship
- Leadership styles
- Community awareness
Seminar Dates: Leadership Omaha Class 40
Program participants must attend 80 percent of seminars to graduate.
Orientation Reception at Boys Town – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Aug. 3
- Mandatory Opening Retreat at Camp Carol Joy Holling – 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 to noon, Sept. 12
- City Environment, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Oct. 19
- Education, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Nov. 16
- Business & Economic Development, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Dec. 14
- Government, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Jan. 18
- Inclusivity, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Feb. 15
- Health & Human Services, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Mar. 15
- Justice, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Apr. 19
- We Don’t Coast, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – May 15
- Closing Seminar, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 7
Graduation Reception – June 7, 4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Leadership Omaha Alumni Association
Graduates of Leadership Omaha, and similar programs from other communities, are eligible to become members of the Leadership Omaha Alumni Association. LOAA facilitates communication among its members and provides information about current community issues and needs, all with the goal of establishing, promoting and fostering leadership in Omaha.
- Hosting periodic events to encourage interaction between association members and the community. (The website is not to be used for mass marketing of products, services or events not related to LOAA.)
- The Board Bank. LOAA helps serve the needs of community organizations by connecting them with appropriate Leadership Omaha graduates. The Board Bank is being redesigned at this time.
- The Goldstein Outstanding Young Leader Award, a book scholarship awarded to students who have lived in public housing during their high school years. Since 1988, 38 students have received $44,890 in scholarships to attend college.
Goldstein Award Chair: Tracy Mitchell (Class 25), assistant principal – Marrs Middle School, Omaha Public Schools