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Leadership Batesville

Leadership Batesville

The Leadership Batesville program, presented by Citizens Bank, prepares emerging leaders to serve our community. Through shared experiences and frequent interactions, participants engage in a nine-month curriculum inspired by the IMPACT Independence County strategic plan.

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The Leadership Batesville program, presented by Citizens Bank, prepares emerging leaders to serve our community. Through shared experiences and frequent interactions, participants will engage in a nine-month curriculum inspired by IMPACT Independence County


IMPACT is a strategic plan developed with the input of more than 2,500 area residents. This plan identifies four areas of importance for the overall growth and sustainability of Independence County: Economic Prosperity, Educational Excellence, Placemaking, and Healthy Living and well-being.


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Class participants are highly motivated individuals interested in learning, pursuing first-hand experience, and interacting with community leaders, businesses, and organizations. Upon graduation, Independence County will welcome a dynamic group fully equipped to take action and work toward a better community. Priority is given to members of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.



The application process for the Batesville Area Leadership Program opens in February. Qualifying participants will be notified in March. All participants will take part in a mandatory full-day retreat in March. Regular monthly programming will take placefrom  April to December. Graduates of the program will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Meeting in January 2023.



2022 Program Calendar


Application Opens: February 10

Application Closes: February 28

Notification of Acceptance: March 2 


Session 1: Leadership Batesville Retreat - Spring Mill, March 10, 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session 2: Introduction to State Government - April 4, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Session 3: Healthy Living and Well-being Session - May 31

Session 4: Placemaking Session - July 11

Session 5: Economic Prosperity Session - August 26

Session 6: Educational Excellence Session - September 12

Session 7: Community Engagement - October 14

Session 8: Board Training and Leadership Planning - December 14

Graduation: January 2023

No more than two absences are allowed. Attendees who miss more than two sessions will be disqualified from the program. Participants are required to sign in and out of each session. Leaving early or arriving late will result in an absence unless prior approval has been granted. Refunds will not be issued for any reason.


For more information, please contact Crystal Johnson at crystal.johnson@batesvilleareachamber.com.


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