Learn. Serve. Lead.

The Centurions Leadership Program of The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce spends two years exploring the opportunities and issues of the Kansas City metro area.


To prepare a representative cross-section of the community's emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of Greater Kansas City.


The Centurions' mission is achieved by:

  • Acquainting members with current community issues; 
  • Providing a framework for meeting other outstanding current and future community leaders;
  • Promoting greater awareness of community resources; 
  • Exploring diversified segments of our city; and 
  • Offering avenues to become more civically involved through Centurions' projects or other civic opportunities presented to Centurions members.


Centurions participate in monthly task forces which topics vary year to year. Past task forces include:

  • Criminal Justice System
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Healthcare
  • Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
  • Transportation
  • Politics and Elections

In addition, Centurions are given opportunities to learn from reputable leaders in the community during Leadership Up Close sessions, as well as opportunities to take deeper dives into the issues facing our region during Issues Up Close sessions.


Centurions are required to complete a minimum of 20 community service hours per program year. In 2019, Centurions volunteered over 5500 hours with local organizations such as:

  • Happy Bottoms
  • Giving the Basics
  • Harvesters
  • Habitat ReStore
  • KVC Niles
  • Ronald McDonald House 


Centurions are responsible for much of the implementation of the programming and serve on both a Task Force and a Committee. Committees include:

  • Steering
  • Community Leadership
  • Communications
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Legacy
  • Projects
  • Recruiting
  • Social