Leadership Lafayette

LINK TO 2022 LEADERSHIP LAFAYETTE APPLICATIONThe Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce presents the 34th annual Leadership Lafayette program.  Leadership Lafayette welcomes applicants from all levels of community involvement, from established corporate level leaders, executives, emerging leaders, community leaders, and new-to-Oxford/Lafayette County leaders, who are interested in learning more about Oxford/Lafayette County and the issues that impact our community.  Our goal is to develop and maintain a network of invested citizens committed to improving the quality of life in our community.  Ideal candidates are those who are passionate not only about their personal leadership but about their community and its success.

What is Leadership Lafayette?  It is an eight-month program, running annually from January through August, that features a series of monthly training sessions and activities, designed for establishing active and engaged community leaders.  The Leadership Lafayette program introduces participants to a wide variety of assets within our Lafayette County area, exposes them to current community needs, and strategic leadership skills training.  The class will meet for an all day session once a month, typically the first Thursday of the month, from 8am-5pm. In addition to the monthly sessions, class members participate in a community based team project that aims to solve a current community problem and leaves a lasting impact on the LOU community. 

How are the Leadership Lafayette participants chosen?  Participation in Leadership Lafayette is determined by a competitive application process with the number of applicants far exceeding the number of available openings. A selection committee will carefully review all Leadership Lafayette applications.  Program participation is limited to 25.  Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to their potential for leadership, would contribute to the overall diversity and strength of the class and have available time to commit to the program and future community service.  Leadership Lafayette seeks to have class diversity among all ethnic groups, ages, genders, professions, and backgrounds.

2022 Application deadline is November 19, 2021.

The program requires a tuition fee of $500, due upon acceptance.

Click here to view Tentative Schedule for 2022 Class


Leadership Lafayette Class of 2020/2021. All photography by Photos by Joey Brent.

2021 Leadership Award honoree Shanta Bean (right) is pictured accepting her award at graduation from Leadership Lafayette Steering Committee member Afton Thomas (left).

Leadership Lafayette Class Members

John Alcorn


IT Specialist

Prema Balachandran

The University of Mississippi

Senior Scientist at NCNPR

Shanta Bean

North East MS Power Association


Anna Katherine Black

Delta Autumn Consulting, LLC

Postdoctoral Fellow/Clinical Psychologist

Ellis Bledsoe

ECB Solutions, LLC

Principal Owner

Caitlyn Clegg Miller

Red Window Communications, LLC


Mike Dunnavant

The University of Mississippi


Emily Echols

The University of Mississippi McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement

Project Manager

David Grayson

CareMed EMS


Leigh Jurney

North Mississippi Regional Center

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Emily Kidd

Hunt Marketing

Senior Account Executive

Kimberly Mathis

FNB Bank Oxford


Drew Mauldin

Mayo Mallette PLLC


Carlos Maury


Client Delivery Manager

John Mayo

Mayo Mallette, PLLC


David Rogers

Mortgage Trade LLC

Systems Administrator