Leadership Development

Leadership Omaha 

The Greater Omaha Chamber launched Leadership Omaha in 1978 to develop effective leaders who will strengthen and transform the community. A selection committee ensures that each class of 43-to-48 participants reflects the diversity of the community-at-large. 

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Click here for the application for Class 37, which is due no later than May 12. The class will be selected in June and begin in September. Tuition for Class 37 is $2,100. Contact Lynda Shafer for more information.

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated prior community volunteer involvement and leadership.
  • Expressed desire to contribute time and energy toward serving the community.
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of the Omaha community.
  • Demonstrated professional growth and leadership.

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.
  • Motivation – 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:

  • 10-month class
  • Open to participants who live or work in the Greater Omaha area
  • Seminars run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of the mandatory opening retreat. A reception follows each seminar.
  • Curriculum focuses on:
    • Community trusteeship
    • Leadership styles
    • Community awareness

Seminar Dates: Leadership Omaha Class 37

Program participants must attend 80% of seminars to graduate.

  • Orientation Reception - Aug. 14
  • Mandatory retreat - 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 to noon, Sept. 16
  • Education Seminar - Oct. 16
  • Government Seminar - Nov. 12
  • Inclusivity Seminar - Dec. 18
  • Justice Seminar - Jan. 15, 2015
  • Art & Culture Seminar - Feb. 19, 2015
  • Health & Human Service Seminar - March 19, 2015
  • Business & Economic Development Seminar - April 16, 2015
  • City Environment Seminar - May 21, 2015
  • Closing Seminar/Graduation Reception - June 4, 2015

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. 


Lynda Shafer, manager - leadership development, coordinates the program along with volunteer leadership. Contact Lynda at 402-978-7928 or lshafer@omahachamber.org.

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Leadership Omaha Alumni Association (LOAA)

 Graduates of Leadership Omaha, and similar programs from other communities, are eligible to become members of the Leadership Omaha Alumni Association (LOAA).  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.

 LOAA 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.

Save the date for a great networking event!
LOAA (after) Holiday Party
February 26, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Park Avenue Commons, 1340 Park Avenue

Like LOAA on Facebook!

The latest LOAA information can be found on Facebook. Search Leadership Omaha Alumni Association


Lynda Shafer, manager of leadership and workforce development and director of the Leadership Omaha program, 402-978-7928 or lshafer@omahachamber.org.

2014 Leadership Omaha Alumni Association Board of Directors




Class 34





Class 35

Associate attorney, Welch Law Firm




Class 32

Presentation Editor, Omaha World-Herald




Class 32

VP, Pinnacle Bank

Goldstein Award Chair



Class 25

Assistant Principal, Norris Middle School, Omaha Public Schools

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Omaha Executive Institute (OEI) 

The Omaha Executive Institute (OEI), a program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, is offered exclusively for senior level executives (who are new to their positions and/or new to the community) and their spouses.

The program explores the issues, challenges and opportunities of Greater Omaha to help participants understand the environment in which they are now doing business. 

Program Specifics:

  • Offered once a year
  • Enrollment limited to 35 individuals
  • Seminars are held in the evening from 5-9 p.m.
  • Each seminar begins with a reception and concludes with dinner, giving participants the opportunity to interact with speakers and other participants.
  • Tuition for the program: $3,600 per couple, $1,800 per person. 

Program Goals:

  • Broaden the participants' working knowledge of the community by providing an accelerated overview of Omaha’s economic, political, and civic structure, its resources and leadership.
  • Acquaint participants with the formal and informal decision-making channels in Omaha.
  • Provide opportunities to visit unique locations.
  • Introduce members to contemporaries in diverse organizations.
  • Assist participants in connecting with community activities consistent with their interests, experiences, and availability. 

2014-2015 Schedule of Seminars


Seminar Topic

Tuesday, August 26

Sense of Place

Thursday, September 25

Growth & Development

Thursday, October 23


Tuesday, November 18

Healthcare & Human Service

Thursday, December 11

Quality of Life

Tuesday, January 20


Tuesday, February 10

Economy & Business

Spring, 2015



Lynda Shafer, manager - leadership development, 402-978-7928 or lshafer@omahachamber.org.

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Need more info?

Contact Lynda Shafer, 402-978-7928.
She'll help you get the information you need.

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