How to Apply
Each Leadership Springfield (LS) class is selected by the Selection Committee of the LS Advisory Board, with final approval from the LS Advisory Board and the Chamber.
Leadership Springfield is a Chamber program and applicants from member businesses will be given first consideration. If additional spots are available, non-members will be considered. An application evaluation process is conducted that consists of the following criteria: a commitment to civic involvement, demonstrated leadership potential, professional and personal achievement.
While the time commitment for the participant can be significant, the amount of time the participant spends away from the office is only one day per month from October through May, after the Opening Retreat in early October.
- Must be at least 21 years of age by Orientation (September 27, 2017)
- Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency
- Live or work in Sangamon County
- Must have at least 2 years experience of full-time employment
- Completed application (including supporting materials)
- Applicant commitment
- Employer commitment
Successful candidates will have:
- Demonstrated professional growth focused on leadership skills.
- Expressed a desire to contribute both time and energy toward serving Sangamon County.
- Demonstrated prior volunteer involvement and provided evidence of leadership experience.
- Attend Orientation in September.
- Attend and actively participate in the Opening and Closing Retreats and all monthly program sessions outlined in the Key Dates section.
- Actively work and participate in meeting with project team throughout the program with completion and deliverables by the Closing Retreat.
- Fulfill the minimum of four (4) hours of community service aspect of the Leadership Springfield program.
Key Dates - Class of 2018
|Program Orientation||September 27, 2017||4 p.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Opening Retreat||October 6, 2017||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Monthly Sessions||October 20, 2017||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|November 17, 2017||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|December 8, 2017||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|January 19, 2018||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|February 16, 2018||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|March 16, 2018||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|April 20, 2018||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Closing Retreat||May 18, 2018||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Graduation||May 23, 2018||5 p.m. - 8 p.m.|
TuitionTuition for each participant in Leadership Springfield is $900 for Chamber members and $1300 for non-members.
If a non-member wants to increase their chance of acceptance into the program, they may join the Chamber at the time of application and, if selected, pay the member tuition rate. Should the applicant not be accepted into the program, Chamber dues will not be refunded. Non-members interested in this option should contact Ashley Earnest (217.525.1173 or firstname.lastname@example.org) at the time of application.
Tuition is due upon receipt of invoice and must be PAID IN FULL BY AUGUST 15.
Leadership Springfield is able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance. Those requiring assistance must fill out the appropriate section of the application. Applicants from Chamber member businesses will be given first consideration for assistance. Requests for assistance are confidential and have no bearing on the Selection Committee's decisions.
Our goal is to select a class reflecting the rich diversity of the Springfield community. All applications will be handled in the strictest confidence.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2017.
- Please complete the short essays before starting your application. Your responses will not be saved if you close out of the application. Click here for the application questions.
- The LS Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications in July. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision in late July..