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Super Leader Program

Did you know?

  • 77.2% of employers want to see leadership skills on a resume?
  • 95% of employers believe leadership skills should be developed while in college?

The Super Leader Program is a joint effort between Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network to identify, cultivate and motivate future community leaders currently enrolled in college. This informative and thought provoking program introduces participants to the community and career opportunities. In addition, Super Leaders provides a strategic curriculum to enhance participants' leadership skills. Anyone who has a genuine interest in community leadership and wants to broaden their scope of knowledge beyond their current level is encouraged to apply to the Super Leader Program.

Check out these session recap videos:
Leadership Development and Marketing, Media, and Advertising Day
Small Business and Economic Development and Non-Profit and Civic Organizations

Why should you apply to Super Leaders?

By the end of the Super Leader Program, participants will:

  • Cultivate and develop leadership skills
  • Better understand the community
  • See Joplin in terms of the "big picture"
  • Gain valuable networking contacts
  • Learn about career opportunities in the community

Check out what our past graduates had to say about Super Leaders:

Each session is different and designed to expose participants to all aspects of the day's topic. The schedule shows the commitment required and it is important to understand the expectation of attendance at all sessions. If you have a conflict with session dates please consider waiting to apply until next semester.

 2015 Spring Program *Application due January 27, 2015

  • Friday, February 6, 1 pm - 6 pm Leadership, Development, Part 1
  • Saturday, February 7, 10 am - 4 pm Leadership Development, Part 2
  • Friday, February 13, 1 - 6 pm Marketing, Media, and Advertising
  • Friday, February 27, 1 - 6 pm Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Friday, March 13, 1 - 6 pm Non-Profit and Volunteerism
  • Friday, March 27, 1 - 6 pm Manufacturing and International Business
  • Friday, April 10, 1 - 6 pm Healthcare Industry
  • Friday, April 24, 1 - 6 pm Science and Technology
  • Saturday, April 25, 2 - 3 pm Induction Ceremony

Session Attendance

Many volunteers, sponsors and speakers work hard to make this a valuable program. Part of being a leader is following through with commitments; attendees are expected to be on time and attend the entire program each day.

The Selection Process

No more than 11 students can participate in the Super Leader Program each semester. Each potential participant must submit a completed application and tuition payment of $25* to be considered for the program. If you are not accepted for admission, your tuition will be refunded in full. In addition to reviewing each individual's qualifications, the committee strives for a broad spectrum of experience, background and majors.
*Scholarships are available to cover the application fee.

Super Leader selection is based on the following individual criteria:

  • Completed application and $25 payment *
  • Personal Interview
  • Involvement or desire to become involved on-campus or in the community
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to assume greater community and campus leadership responsibility
  • A clear willingness to make a commitment to the demands of the program
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours at Missouri Southern State University

Meet our Super Leaders!

Spring 2015

Applications Due
January 27th!

Fall 2014

Timothy Arr
Jessica Beck
Juan Brady
Breana Clark
Kyle Davidson
Guillermo Diaz
Cara Gooch
Jacob Harp
Brooklyn Lampe
Jude Obeto
Inesa Stevens

Spring 2014

Cena Bass
Jared Beasley
William Bruan
Aliza Fahle
Gage Hanlon
Lindsey Miller
Matthew Pulsipher
Chase Starr-Kercheval
Kenzo Van Baal
Joseph Vanhorn

Fall 2013

Haddy Faal
Aja Gwaro
Agie Mai Jammeh
Madison Kienzle
Denis Kuzmin
Joshua LeMasters
Ashleigh McFarland
Peter Thompson

Spring 2013

AshLeigh Clarkson Thomlinson
Venus Day
Mary Duncan
Aji Sophie Jeng
Viktoryia Johnson
Josh Lowry
Tom Ly
Audrey Mathis
Meredith Murray
Kayla Smith
Caleb Wheeler

Fall 2012

Deana Fanning
Cory Garr
Lauren Geraghty
Garret Lambert
Jared Malcolm
Syleris Gwin Martinez
Lydia McGriff
Mattillyn Ott
Shelley Pritchett
Jace Waggoner
Gia Yang

Application Scholarship

To apply for an application scholarship:

  • Write a one page maximum essay on why you would like to participate in the Super Leader Program
  • How it could benefit you
  • Your commitment to the program and its requirements
  • How the $25 scholarship would be of benefit to you

Attach the essay with your application in lieu of the application fee and bring it to the Career Service Office on the second floor of Spiva Library.


For more information about Super Leaders:

Phone: 417-625-9343 or