Strengthening Our Community One Leader at a Time
What is Leadership Springfield?
Leadership Springfield (LS) is a program that aims to develop, strengthen, train, and equip local professionals to benefit the Springfield community. Established in 1986 by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Springfield, LS is an eight-month series of seminars during which participants gain leadership skills and in-depth exposure to critical issues affecting the Springfield area. During the program, participants interact with community leaders and decision makers who share diverse perspectives on significant accomplishments and opportunities within the Springfield community.
Why Leadership Springfield?
Leadership Springfield is building a stronger community, one leader at a time. The program aims to develop and strengthen local professionals. This collaborative initiative by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Springfield gives participants access to:
- Workforce development
- Continued leadership growth
- Valuable networking events
- Site trips to area businesses
- In-depth look at local issues
- Meaningful civic projects
- Community service
- Educational topics
- Area economic engines
- Personal growth opportunities
"Leadership Springfield helped me to better understand the importance of relationships and connections. To be effective as a leader, one must first connect with the individual." -Evan Westlake '14, Illinois National Bank
"Leadership Springfield gave me the opportunity to increase my awareness in the community in which I have all my life. We have so many gems in our very own backyard." -Pamela Frazier '09, All In One On-Site Wash & Detail
"The program gave me a better understanding and a more well-rounded view of the city I live in. I made some really great friends and connections through Leadership Springfield." -Jennifer Bettis '10, Sacred Heart-Griffin
"Leadership Springfield was a wonderful way to work and brainstorm with other leaders in our community so that we can continue to strengthen Springfield and to make it better for our families." -Heather Redenbo Gleason '12, Bank of Springfield
How do employers benefit from sponsoring an applicant?
In general, employers of all kinds benefit from the employee’s improved leadership, and team and problem-solving skills. Through their employee’s involvement, employers gain access to a broad network of prestigious leadership contacts across all sectors, and extensive knowledge of the issues facing the community. The consensus is their employees learn the “who’s who” of the community and the value of the power of individual influence around regional change.
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