Lakes Area Leadership


The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Lakes Area Leadership for 2017.  The program is designed to groom professionals for greater leadership roles in organizations across the community and beyond.

The program is scheduled to kick-off January 26, 2017 with the welcoming ceremony for the class of 2017 and graduation ceremonies of the class of 2016.  “This event will be a great opportunity for both classes to meet and become acquainted.  Sharing stories of their experiences is a wonderful motivator for the new class“, says Jeff Seifried, President/CEO of The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau.

There are a total of 10 sessions from February through November.  Each session has been designed to have a strong emphasis on leadership training education. Classes will include training on topics such as Government, Boardsmanship, “Leading a Meeting Worth Attending”, Economic Development, as well as classes focusing on the Healthcare Industry, Leadership Styles, Marketing, Tourism Industry, Environmental and Professional Communication.

When sessions are completed in November, the class will begin preparations to put their training from the program into action, which will consist of identifying their strengths, developing goals for leadership projects, and finally, implementing and completing each project.

The Lakes Area Leadership Academy has been an important program of the Branson Chamber for years, and the goal of the board and staff is to continually improve the academy so that participants further develop leadership skills, learn more about the lakes area, and broaden their network of fellow leaders.  The ultimate objective is that participants emerge from the program primed and ready to lead in our great
community”, says Craig Wescott with The Tracks Family Fun Parks and Branson Chamber Board member.

2017 Applications are now available for download.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.  For additional information or questions, please contact Shelly Vorhaben at 417-243-2114 or


Leadership created friendships which I would have never known, real-life awareness of our history and community infrastructure which I would have never understood and opportunities to become INVOLVED which I would have never dreamed. I became “AWARE” through my involvement with the Leadership Academy and am forever grateful.
~ Cy Bortner, Marketing Partnerships, Silver Dollar City, Millennium Class – 2000