Join the Ranks of Bakersfield’s Top Community Leaders


Join a 31-year tradition that brings together a group of 32 individuals from across the city and asks them to step out of their daily lives, open their minds and imagine how they can help create a better Bakersfield.

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2019 Leadership Bakersfield Class. We want you to become a part of the journey! Click the link below to complete the online application.

ApplicationLeadership Bakersfield 2019


By the end of 10-month program, LB graduates will gain the knowledge and confidence to effectively lead Bakersfield into the future by meeting and interacting with current leaders, discover more about their own individual leadership styles, study local issues and cultivate appreciation for differing perspectives. Each class session is tailored to educate participants on a key community issue. A combination of top-tiered speakers and panels, access to movers and shakers within key industries, exclusive tours and hands-on activities provides knowledge on that session’s particular topic. Click here to see a 2018-2019 class schedule.

Participants are also tasked with designing a project that fulfills a need in the community.  Each year, LB teams create programs and projects that funnel in thousands of dollars into our community that impact the lives of hundreds of individuals. Click here to see what the Class of 2017 did for our community.

The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, June 20.

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Program Underwriter

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