The Leadership Center

The mission of The Leadership Center is to enlighten, inspire and connect a diverse continuum of next-level leaders to advance a robust talent pipeline to support existing businesses, future economic development and community organizations.

Under the direction of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, the vision for the Center is to provide a legacy of leadership for the community and motivate leaders for the future.

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…must inevitably come to pass.” 

  Paul J. Meyer, Founder, Success Motivation Institute

For more information about The Leadership Center, see the full overview HERE



John A. Williams, Sr.

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According to recent research published by Dr. Nick Brake from Western Kentucky University, his study confirms the need for Paducah to invest in future leaders. “The study analyzed data from 50 small cities in middle America, one of which was Paducah, examining the role of leadership and community development in places that have thrived compared to those that have experienced distress. The communities that are thriving have implemented a combination of collaborative, multigenerational, and inclusive civic leadership, focused on the development of youth and entrepreneurs. They leverage charitable resources, and use their place-identity to create vibrant downtowns and public spaces.” 

His study specifically indicated that “compared to the 50 small cities studied, Paducah ranked in the lowest quarter on measures of multigenerational and inclusive community leadership. These results signal a need to better engage and develop the young generation to provide more diversity for the kind of civic leadership needed for the future.”

It’s time to take the necessary steps forward.  To the leadership of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, this study helped us to affirm this is a positive step.

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be launching “The Leadership Center,” as a new brand for the programs of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce focused on leadership. This will serve the current Chamber leadership programs and be the home for new programs to be developed.

The Leadership Center will be a lasting legacy for the Chamber and for this community.  The Center will build the leaders our community needs for the 21st Century and beyond.  After all, leaders aren’t simply born.  They are mentored, challenged and supported.

We are motivated to create the Center as a showcase on what is possible and to demonstrate to those who compare our community to others, the Paducah area truly believes in vision and success comes from thoughtful preparedness. 

We believe having diverse and skilled leaders is a competitive advantage for our community. Those who participate and study with the Chamber's Leadership programs will go on to be leaders with businesses, non-profit organizations, education, local boards, government, churches and more. 

The Center will help emerging and experienced leaders enhance and develop the skills to lead into the future with confidence and vision and inspire future generations. The Chamber believes this is our way to differentiate who we are as a community. 

The Paducah Chamber is well known for our successful advocacy efforts on behalf of the community and our local businesses. Programs are also an important part of our scope of work. One of these includes our signature program, Leadership Paducah, now in its 35th year.  Just as the Leadership Paducah program has grown and evolved over time, so will the programs of The Leadership Center.

This is an area in which we feel we can make a true difference in achieving community success and an investment we must make for the future of our community.

The Paducah Chamber is a 5 Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and two time recipient of the prestigious Chamber of the Year Award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  We are also active with the Association of Leadership Programs. 

We believe it is our responsibility, we are the organization to fill this need, and we are confident that we can fill a niche in the community not already being served.



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