Institute for Management Studies (IMS) logoAs part of our ongoing effort to provide quality development resources and training solutions, the Center for Management and Professional Development sponsors membership of state employees to the Institute for Management Studies (IMS).

Since 1974, IMS has provided its members with innovative training conducted by distinguished faculty. Today, IMS sponsors monthly, one-day seminars in St. Louis and Kansas City which focus on the development of critical leadership skills for supervisory, managerial and executive level staff. IMS educators include best-selling business authors, leading practitioners in the area of management, and award-winning professors from the best MBA and Executive Education programs.

While other internal or statewide training programs offered throughout the year can focus exclusively on challenges facing Missouri State government, IMS sessions offer the opportunity for public administrators to participate and interchange with their professional counterparts in the private sector. Together, attendees learn with each other – and from the world's leading management thinkers – to become even more effective as a leader and innovative change agent within their organization.

Today, over 400 major organizations worldwide, including many from the Fortune 500 list, utilize IMS as a key component of their overall development strategy.  Over 20,000 people attend IMS programs each year.


IMS seminars in St. Louis and Kansas City are $425 per person. This investment provides access to the seminar, all participant material, continental breakfast and lunch for the attendee on the day of training, and 30-days of post seminar online access to MyQuickCoach containing over 2,400 brief video lessons from other IMS faculty.

Seminar Locations

Typically, one 1-day seminar is held each month in St. Louis and Kansas City. Click the link for either city to learn more about upcoming seminars in those locations.

For all IMS seminars, check-in begins at 8:30 AM. The session will begin at 9AM and conclude at 4PM (approx).

Documentation and Management Training Rule Credit

IMS will notify the Center for Management and Professional Development (Center) about each attendee’s successful completion of a seminar. A staff member from the Center will document the completion of the session on the attendee’s training record in SAM II, indicating 8 hours of Management Training Rule credit. If a specific agency does not “pull” training data from SAM II, the Center will notify the agency via email of the attendee’s successful completion of the seminar.

Who Else Will Be There?

About 50 leaders from other IMS member organizations like Garmin, Hallmark, Boeing, H&R Block, Nestle Purina as well as other city or state government leaders.