Upcoming Meetings

Cultivating Leadership Within Your Community Workshop

Workshop Details

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.

We are excited that MMSC Affiliate Grant program, Ozark Historic District, is our host for this must-attend event.

The workshop location is:

The Finley

206 E Elm Street

Ozark, MO 65721

Friday, August 17, 2018

9 am to 4:30 pm

Registration is $100 per person for Missouri Main Street Members; $200 for non-members through July 31. Add $25 to member and non-member rate beginning August 1. Save on registration and become a member here.

All cancellations/refunds must be submitted in writing. Cancellations after August 13 are not refundable.

Click here to Register


Quality Inn - Ozark has a room block for attendees. Mention Missouri Main Street Connection when reserving (based on availability). Room block expires August 7.

Quality Inn

1900 West Evangel Street

Ozark, MO 65721


Additional lodging:

Market House - Loft in Historic Downtown Ozark

Ozark Historic River District Carriage House

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.

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