Leadership Omaha

We launched Leadership Omaha in 1978 to develop effective leaders who will strengthen and transform the community. A selection committee of program alumni and Chamber board members ensures that each class of 45 to 49 participants reflects the diversity of the community-at-large.

Leadership Omaha Goals

  • Communication
    To provide opportunities for communication among emerging and established leaders
  • Awareness
    To develop participant awareness of the Greater Omaha community, its problems, challenges and opportunities
  • Leadership
    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

Program Specifics

  • 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

Application for Class 41 is no longer available.

Seminar Dates: Leadership Omaha Class 41

Program participants must attend 80 percent of seminars to graduate.

Orientation Reception at Boys Town –  4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Aug. 16

1.    Mandatory Retreat at Camp Carol Joy Holling – Sept 23 – 4:30 p.m. to noon Sept 25
2.    City Environment, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Tues Oct. 16
3.    Education, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Nov. 15
4.    Business & Economic Development, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. –  Dec 13
5.    Government, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Jan. 17
6.    Inclusivity, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Feb. 21
7.    Health & Human Services, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Mar. 21
8.    Justice, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Apr. 18
9.    We Don’t Coast, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – May 16
10.  Closing Seminar, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 6

Graduation Reception – June 6, 4:30 – 6:15 p.m.


Liz Kerrigan
Leadership Strategist

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.

Projects include

  • 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


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