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Our Mission

It is the mission of Leadership Jackson and its Alumni Association to strengthen our community by developing engaged leaders, inspiring servant leadership and encouraging community trusteeship.

Leadership Jackson

Leadership Jackson was developed by the Jackson Chamber in 1979 to build core leadership for West Tennessee – training young leaders to get involved and to identify people for a fast track to leadership. Being intentional about leadership development accelerated Jackson to creating informed, connected and passionate leaders who could step into active community roles.

After visiting several other communities that had already developed leadership programs, Leadership Jackson specifically for Jackson – combining the best aspects of leadership programs from across the South. A committee compiled key elements of the community that became the curriculum for the program. In 1995, C.O.P.E, which exposes people to team building, problem solving, and communication skills, was a major addition to the opening retreat of the program. It continues to have a huge impact on the development of class dynamics.

Leadership University

In 1999, the Leadership Jackson Class started a team class project to develop young leaders from Jackson’s junior high school students. This class project developed into what is today’s Leadership University.  LU prepares participants to become responsible, ethical leaders that make a positive difference in others, as well as their community by creating awareness in all aspects of the community.

Leadership University is sponsored and made possible by Lane College, Union University, and University of Memphis – Lambuth Campus.

Leadership Jackson Alumni Association

Leadership Jackson doesn’t end at graduation. The connections and relationships you develop during the course of Leadership Jackson last a lifetime. 

The Leadership Jackson Alumni Association exists to encourage individuals who have participated in Leadership Jackson to stay informed about current issues, maintain and create new relationships with emerging leaders within the community, and keep abreast of opportunities that may be the perfect fit for your unique skills and interests.

WHAT is Leadership Jackson?

Leadership Jackson builds core leadership for West Tennessee by identifying and training young leaders.

WHO is Leadership Jackson for?

Leadership Jackson is for individuals in our community who demonstrate leadership potential.

WHERE is Leadership Jackson held?

Leadership Jackson is held with sessions at a COPE retreat, The Jackson Chamber, and other locations for immersion throughout the Jackson community. 

WHEN is Leadership Jackson held?

Leadership Jackson begins each September, ending with graduation in December.

WHY have Leadership Jackson?

Leadership Jackson is an opportunity to better understand our community and the challenges it faces and to prepare for those challenges.