Missouri Leadership Seminar

June 7th-9th

Summer 2019

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Ambassadors:

Congratulations and welcome to the 2019 Seminar!

Please read through this presentation in its entirety. Any questions throughout should be directed to Alyssa Niemeyer, Director of Recruitment, at missourileadership@gmail.com

We look forward to meeting you at Missouri Leadership Seminar.


Taylor Rutledge Alyssa Niemeyer & Haley Weidner
Taylor Rutledge, Seminar Chairperson Alyssa Niemeyer & Haley Weidner, Directors of Recruitment
Missouri Leadership Seminar, Inc. Missouri Leadership Seminar, Inc.

First: Complete Registration

Please take the following steps by April 9, 2019:

  • Complete online registration on our website HERE.
    • The registration form cannot be saved or returned to so please review it before submitting. This form needs to be completed by parents and student.
  • Submit a copy of your health insurance card (front and back) to missourileadership@gmail.com.
    • Include the student’s full name as you registered. If email is not possible, send a copy to Missouri Leadership Seminar at PO Box 53 Ozark, MO 65721
  • Receive a confirmation email when your registration is complete
    • Your registration will be reviewed within two weeks and we will contact you to confirm if we have everything or if additional information is required.

Important Dates & Times

Please make sure to record all dates so you don’t miss anything!

Online Registration Due:

Tuesday, April 9th

Ambassador Check-In:

Friday, June 7th

8:00-9:00 AM

UCM Campus

--Fitzgerald Hall

Parent Orientation Session:

Sunday, June 9th

1:00 PM

UCM Campus --Hendricks Hall

Closing Ceremony:

Sunday, June 9th

2:00 PM

UCM Campus --Hendricks Hall


If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the seminar, we would like to give another student from your school the opportunity to attend. Many of our sponsors choose to sponsor students from their specific hometown; therefore, it is important that those schools are represented at the seminar.

If you are unable to attend, please notify us at missourileadership@gmail.com immediately as well as the person who nominated you.


MLS is offered free of cost to the regularly nominated student, parents, and school!* Students are sponsored by various community organizations such as Optimist, GFWC, Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary clubs and businesses throughout the state.

Transportation costs are not covered. Additionally, at the closing ceremony, you will also be able to purchase photos and merchandise. Cash or check only will be accepted for photo purchases.

*If you are an at-large nomination your cost must be covered before your registration can be processed. Please pay ASAP to secure your spot.

Parent Orientation

Your student’s nomination is something to be celebrated and we would love to have you with us to celebrate! Please plan to attend the Parent Orientation Session from 1:00-3:30 pm on Sunday, June 9th in Hendricks Hall (UCM Campus) to answer any and all questions you have as well as give us a chance to explain more about Missouri Leadership Seminar.

At the conclusion of the ceremony your child will check out at University Conference Center and be free to go.

Directions to Hendricks Hall: When you arrive in Warrensburg, take Highway 13 (also known as “Maguire Street) to South Street. Go West on South Street (from the North, take a right, from the South, take a left). Upon turning onto South Street, watch for MLS signage “MLS Parents Orientation Parking”. The parking lot is located across the street from the entrance to Hendricks Hall.


The seminar will take place on the campus of University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg, Missouri. A campus map can be found HERE. All students will be lodged and should check in at Fitzgerald.

Address: Fitzgerald Hall, Warrensburg MO 64093.

You should see MLS staff members and signs from Highway 13 to your final destination at Fitzgerald Hall. Staff will direct you to drop off or park (if student drives themselves).

Directions to Fitzgerald Hall: When you arrive in Warrensburg, take Highway 13 (also known as “Maguire Street) to Clark Street. Go West on Clark Street (from the North, take a right, from the South, take a left). Upon turning onto Clark Street, watch for MLS signage. You will then turn left onto Holden St and then quickly turn right onto Houx St. where students may be dropped off.

Need to change Hall address and directions!!


The only cost we are unable to cover is transportation to and from the seminar. If you are arriving via air, train, or bus, please include all details of your itinerary on the travel itinerary section of the Registration Form. MLS staff will ensure that you are met and transported safely to the facility. If you have last minute transportation problems, would like information regarding carpooling, or are going to be late June 7, 2019,

please notify Alyssa Niemeyer at (573)-213-9114.

What to Expect

During your MLS experience, many dynamic leaders – all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and various other professions – will address numerous aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, business, religion, or way of thinking; rather, it is designed to develop an awareness of present and future issues by actively involving seminar participants in discussions and informal debate. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the discussion leaders throughout the weekend, which leads to a fuller understanding of topics presented.

What you get out of the seminar will correlate directly with your level of participation. Come prepared to interact!


Students will be housed in a campus residence hall, with separate male and female floors. Please be sure to bring (because they are NOT provided):

  • Pillows, bed linens, blankets
  • Bath towels
  • Sleeping bag or extra blanket(s) for padding on the dorm room mattresses
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, hairdryers, toothbrushes, etc.)

The dorms will be air-conditioned; however, the individual rooms do tend to get chilly in the evenings, so extra blanket(s) and/or a sleeping bag are recommended. Meals are provided from Friday at lunch to Sunday at lunch and accommodations may be made for special dietary needs of your students. Please notify us of such needs on your registration form or by email.


Dress is casual throughout the weekend – jeans or shorts and a t-shirt are acceptable. Proper “school attire” is requested. If you would not be allowed to wear the clothing at school, please do not bring such items (short shorts, halter tops, “conversation” t-shirts, etc. should not be worn). You may wish to bring a sweatshirt, as some of the meeting rooms are chilly! You will be provided a white MLS t-shirt to be worn on Saturday. Due to campus rules and insurance policies DO NOT BRING OR WEAR OPEN TOED SHOES (flip-flops or sandals) throughout the entire weekend.

Dress for Sunday is semi-formal. Males are asked to wear a nice set of slacks and shirt. Button-up shirt and tie are welcomed, but not required. Females are asked to wear an appropriate dress, dress slacks and blouse, or pant suit (no strapless or spaghetti straps). Students will walk throughout campus on Sunday and walk across the stage at commencement, so footwear must still be closed-toe and dresses should be “stage appropriate”.

Sunday Services

On-campus Sunday Services will be available for students; there will be provisions for a Catholic Mass, non-denominational Protestant service, and discussion group in the schedule. Each service will take place on the UCM campus. All ambassadors must sign up for one of the Sunday morning options. (Please see the Sunday Services Section of the Registration Form)

Community Service

The 2019 MLS will include a community service project that will allow the Ambassadors to give back to the community. We will be collecting donations for the Missouri Veterans Home – Warrensburg. The mission of the Missouri Veterans Commission is to provide our Veterans with timely benefits assistance, skilled nursing care and a final resting place with honor. Items will be collected at check-in on Friday. There is no minimum or maximum donation – bring what you feel comfortable donating. A $5 limit is recommended. Suggested items for donation include:

What To Bring What Not To Bring

  • Pillow, linens, and blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Towels/Washcloth
  • Proper Casual Attire
  • Sunday Dress (Semi-formal)
  • Sunday Shoes
  • Sweatshirt
  • Items for Personal Medical Needs
  • Donation for Community Service
  • Driving Directions
  • Flip-Flops or Sandals
  • Valuables
  • Swimwear

Seminar Staff / Supervision

100% of our Board of Directors and Seminar Staff are volunteers and the majority are alumni of MLS. Board of Directors members and staff will be present at all seminar functions and are housed in the campus residence halls with the students. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.

Communication / Phones

Our primary communication with you prior to MLS will be through email. We ask that you provide an email address that will not change before June, as students who list their email address on their Registration Form will receive email reminders and updates as the seminar approaches. Students should also expect a “welcome call” from a staff member approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the seminar to answer any questions you may have.

Students will be asked to leave phones in their room during seminar events, as they are a distraction and disrespect to speakers. Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the seminar due to the confusion created when meetings are interrupted.

In case of emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call Taylor Rutledge, Seminar Chairperson, at (816) 867-0334 or Alyssa Niemeyer, Director of Recruitment, at (573) 213-9114.

Rules & Regulations

  • The seminar runs from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon. YOU MUST make a commitment to STAY FOR THE ENTIRE EVENT. If you have a scheduling problem, we strongly suggest offering the weekend to your school’s alternate.
  • You are expected to be on time for all seminar functions. You must attend all scheduled activities, including meals.
  • You must wear your MLS nametag at all seminar functions. A UCM meal card and dorm room key will be issued to you upon arrival at the seminar and should also be worn at all seminar functions.
  • No outside guests are allowed at seminar except for the closing ceremonies on Sunday.
  • Stay within your assigned group during panel sessions. Gain permission from your group facilitator if you must leave a session and wait for an adult staff member to escort you. No ambassador is to leave the facility except for scheduled seminar events.
  • Room visitation by members of the opposite sex is not permitted. You will be immediately sent home for violations, no questions asked.
  • No smoking, no drinking of alcoholic beverages and no unauthorized drug use is permitted.

So that MLS may be conducted as smoothly and efficiently as possible, we ask that you observe the following rules. Any participant who does not abide by these rules and regulations will be dismissed from further participation. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be notified immediately of this action, and they will be instructed to have you removed from the facility. Your school will also be notified of your dismissal from the program.

Rules & Regulations (continued)

  • Any ambassador who has a medical problem that requires special care, treatment, or medication is asked to indicate the concern on his or her Registration Packet and inform his or her group facilitator.
  • In case of emergency, contact your group facilitator or come directly to the Operations Suite. There are chaperons and facilitators available 24 hours a day, and they can be contacted at any time.
  • Lock your room doors at all times, whether you are in it or not. Notify the security staff on duty immediately if you need assistance.
  • Use the “Buddy System” when moving throughout the facility without your facilitator.
  • Payment for any extra charges billed to a room (i.e., lost keys, etc.) will be the responsibility of all ambassadors assigned to that room.
  • Ambassadors are not allowed to make room changes. You must be in your assigned room at the announced curfew and must remain in such until the start of activities the next morning.
  • You must observe the morning wakeup call one hour prior to the first scheduled activity each day.
  • Respect the rights of other facility guests and enter only those rooms and floors in which seminar-related activities are being held. Keep noise to a minimum.
  • Refrain from entering the Operations Suite, except in case of an emergency.

We can’t wait to see you June 7-9th!

Questions? Contact Alyssa Niemeyer, Director of Recruitment, at missourileadership@gmail.com

2019 Information Packet - Google Slides