Join the Ranks of Bakersfield’s Top Community Leaders


The Leadership Bakersfield program introduces existing and emerging leaders to key business, government and community officials. It is one of the most influential programs in Bakersfield, proven to enhance leadership and stimulate commitment to the community.

The program focuses on developing and enhancing leadership skills and exposing participants to a wide range of community issues, including: Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Criminal Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Leadership, Media, Energy and Government.

Class sessions include lectures, panel discussions and site visits that provide direct contact with the people who keep the community running and give participants a better understanding of the areas in the community where they might get involved.

Congratulations Class of 2015. View 2015 Program here.

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Leadership Bakersfield program. Applications must be turned in by June 24, 2015. Download an application here.

For more information on Leadership Bakersfield, contact Jean Scheiber at (661) 327-4421 or email