Leadership Overland Park (LOP) was established to develop leaders who are passionate about the future of their city and community. This leadership program informs and educates the future leaders of the region and prepares them to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Founded in 1983, Leadership Overland Park is a program of the OP Chamber Foundation and has graduated over 930 alumni.
Nominations for 2023 Program
The Overland Park Chamber Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2023 class of Leadership Overland Park (LOP).
All nomination forms are due to the Chamber office by noon on Friday, September 9, 2022. After that date, application forms will be emailed to all nominees. Nominees have until Friday, October 14, 2022 to apply to participate in the 2023 program.
Class members are selected on the basis of written applications submitted to the selection committee. Criteria include leadership ability or potential ability, along with evidence of a strong commitment to the community. The selection committee will seek a class representing diverse backgrounds, affiliations, and goals.
The LOP Class of 2023 will be announced on or before December 5, 2022.
LOP educates participants about the critical issues facing Overland Park, Johnson County and the metropolitan region, and provides opportunities to engage in organizations that resolve these issues. The program focuses on information, education and discussion of local and regional assets, challenges and opportunities. It is a six-month program, with 10 full-day sessions beginning in January.
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LOP Program Information
Leadership Overland Park (LOP) is a 6‐month program, with 10 full‐day sessions from January‐June. Sessions focus on specific aspects of Overland Park such as city, county and state government, history, education, politics and current issues facing the city, county, metro area and state. The program gives focus to the Overland Park community, its opportunities and challenges. Emphasis is given to the City of Overland Park, Johnson County, the Kansas City Metro Area and the State of Kansas. During each session participants learn to use the skills necessary to be leaders in our region.
At the conclusion of Leadership Overland Park, participants will:
- Better understand the community's challenges and opportunities
- Know community leaders
- Recognize interactions between private citizens and public organizations
- See Overland Park in terms of the “big picture”
- Know more people – from classmates to presenters to participants in activities
- Have a valuable network of regional contacts
- Enhance leadership skills and see themselves as leaders
- Be ready to serve
Leadership Overland Park Alumni
If you are an alum of the Leadership Overland Park program, please stay in touch by letting us know where you are and what you're up to.
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The 2022 Leadership Overland Park (LOP) class completed its six-month program and celebrated with a graduation ceremony luncheon on June 16, 2022. For its class project, the class chose to support the efforts of the #GiveMe20 initiative to help prevent teen suicide.
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