“Learn. Serve. Lead.” That’s the Centurions motto.

Since 1976, the two-year leadership development program has prepared greater Kansas City’s emerging leaders for roles including judges, CEOs, and nonprofit executives. Centurions is an unequaled training ground for future Kansas City leaders.


Monthly task force sessions offer Centurions an in-depth look at our region, focusing on subjects like economic development, law and justice, innovation, transportation, education, and manufacturing, among others.   An annual benchmarking visit to another city gives Centurions a chance to contrast that community’s issues and best practices with our own.


Every year, Centurions participate in thousands of hours in community service to local nonprofits, another way to immerse themselves in the KC community.  In addition, each Centurions class selects a Legacy Project, with a goal to leave a lasting impact beyond individual service hours. Kansas City Community Gardens, Turn the Page KC, and Amethyst Place are just three of the organizations who’ve benefited.


Centurions, with the support of KC Chamber staff, serve as committee and task force chairs guiding the work of the program.  There are plenty of opportunities to develop leadership skills, whether serving on the Steering Committee, monthly task force committees, the Legacy Project, and more.

Apply for the Spring 2019 Centurions Class

The deadline for the Spring 2019 Centurions class applications is January 5, 2019. For questions or more information, contact Lindsay Jarquio, (816) 374-5493.

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“I feel Centurions made me a more well-rounded citizen of this community. It gave me new perspectives and a new network of amazing professionals.” ~ Wendy Guilles President & CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
“Professionally – my strongest connection from Centurions has been with the overall network of professionals that represent a wide scope of talents and skill sets. Because we share a similar connection through Centurions –you always have someone to be a resource.” ~ Marshaun Butler Vice-President for Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas, Outreach & Regional Practices
“Centurions provided me exposure to a much wider spectrum of businesses within Kansas City, allowed me to develop a much better understanding of how the business community, civic community and philanthropic community can work together to make a positive impact. It also taught me that anyone can take the initiative to get involved and make things happen.” ~ Ramin Cherafat CEO, McCownGordon Construction