As a new Lenexa resident it was a great experience to learn about many of the aspects of what makes Lenexa great!  There are so many opportunities for recreation, entertainment, learning, and volunteering.  My classmates were awesome, and the programs were very well planned and organized.  I would highly recommend.

As someone with family connections to Lenexa stretching back well over a century, I was both surprised and impressed with all that I learned through Leadership Lenexa.  I was extremely impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the city officials, city staff, the chamber of commerce and the way Lenexa shines in the county and the Greater Kansas City area.  I am proud to be a citizen of this community and my ties to the community grew substantially stronger through the bonding and comradery with the other members of the class of 2022.  It will be a joy to continue to grow in friendship with them and to cheer them on in future endeavors.

Lenexa Leadership has not only given me the most incredible immersive opportunity to see all aspects of what goes into the community, but it has introduced me to a group of like-minded professionals to network with and call a friend. Even though we have finished the program, we continue to meet together for drinks regularly. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, and I couldn’t have asked for better hospitality from each host/speaker. I would highly recommend the program for any professional at any point in the career looking to expand their leadership skills and network.

Leadership Lenexa was a wonderful experience and well worth the time invested. It provided a great introduction to the functions and processes of my community and inspired me to get more involved. I also met and built relationships with a variety of people from businesses across the area.

Leadership Lenexa, a program of the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 1987 and was developed to educate area business and community professionals in various aspects affecting life and business in Lenexa and surrounding areas. Participants develop an understanding of the opportunities, challenges and problems for Lenexa and the region.

Leadership Lenexa….

  • Provides more than an education, it helps cultivate relationships.
  • Builds both business and personal contacts.
  • For newcomers, it is an orientation to the community.
  • Opportunity to hear from some of the area’s top business and community leaders and elected officials.
  • Get connected to  Leadership Lenexa Alumni Association. Find out who you may know, or who you need to meet. Our alumni would love to hear from you!

Leadership Lenexa participants will gain an awareness of the community through a series of full and part-day sessions. Prior to graduation in June, participants will have heard from business and community leaders, participated in site tours, met local, county and state elected officials, examined current trends in education and discovered the secrets to a successful economic development program.

The group develops and completes a community service project of their own design and participates in team building exercises.
Dates and session descriptions may be found here.

Applications for the 2024 program will be available this fall. Please contact Julie Steiner at if you would like to receive one.