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Cultivating Leadership Within Your Community
MMSC Quarterly Training

August 17, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Finley
206 E Elm Street
Ozark, MO 65721

Main Street leaders are the conductors of the Main Street "orchestra" and its many players, including staff, board, volunteers, business owners, residents, property owners, elected officials, funders, and partnering agencies. Main Street leaders can't do the work of revitalization alone. In order to have adequate capacity and to build the engagement and buy-in that are critical for successful revitalization, additional leadership must be developed from within the community itself. 

The "Cultivating Leadership Within Your Community" workshop will provide attendees with a combination of information and experiential, hands-on activities. The workshop content will cover:

  • Building a culture of shared leadership
  • Leveraging community engagement practices to build leadership by inspiring people towards a common vision
  • Building accountable committees and boards
  • Understanding personal leadership style and its impact on fostering leadership in others
  • Identifying "hidden" leaders in your community

All activities will provide participants with exercises they can use to build leadership in their own communities.  

Register below or download a printable flyer with registration form: Ozark Quarterly Workshop Flyer - August 17th

About the presenter:

Ellen Shepard is CEO of Community Allies, a Chicago-based consulting firm working with community economic development organizations to support and amplify their efforts. Ellen is a regular speaker and writer on the subjects of economic localization, community engagement, place-making, and environmental sustainability as economic development.

Ellen is a skilled facilitator, trained in Transformational Leadership and Art of Hosting techniques to convene critical group conversations and turn the results into actionable plans. She authored National Main Street's 2017 Community Engagement for Main Street Transformation guide and led the "Leadership for Team Building" all-day workshop at the 2018 National Main Street conference.

For sixteen years, Ellen was the executive director of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Andersonville Development Corporation in Chicago. During her tenure, the Andersonville neighborhood revived and gained national acclaim for its thriving business district and its use of economic localization, place-making, and environmental sustainability as economic revitalization strategies. Read more here about Ms. Shepard and Community Allies.  

You can pre-register for this event by clicking on the Sign Up button below.



Quality Inn
1900 West Evangel Street
Ozark, MO 65721
Phone: (417) 485- 6688

Room block under
Missouri Main Street Connection
Expires August 7

Additional lodging:     

Market House - Loft
in Historic Downtown Ozark

Ozark Historic River District Carriage House     


Registration Fees through August 12, 2018:
    $100 per person for Missouri Main Street Members
    $200 per person for non-members

Beginning August 13th, add $25 per person.

All cancellations/refund request must be submitted in writing or via email. Cancellations after August 13th are not refundable.


Certain project costs have been underwritten by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Neighborhood Assistance Program and the USDA Rural Housing Service.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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