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The application process for the Class of 2021 (beginning September 2020) is now closed.  The application link for the Class of 2022 (beginning September 2021) will be available in February 2021.

Application Process

Each Leadership Springfield (LS) class is selected based on an application evaluation process.

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.  The application evaluation process consists of the following criteria: professional and personal achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

While the time commitment for the participant can be significant, the amount of time the participant spends away from the office is only a half day per week from September through mid-December.  There is an additional time commitment to complete the required team projects which averages approximately 10 hours outside of program sessions.

Minimum Requirements

  • 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

Graduation Requirements

  • Attend Orientation session.
  • Attend and actively participate in at least 12 of 14 weekly program sessions outlined in the Program Dates section (must be excused absences).
  • Actively work and participate in meeting with project team throughout the program with completion and deliverables by the final program day.

Program Dates - Class of 2021

Program Orientation           September 2, 2020 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Weekly Sessions  September 3, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m..
September 10, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m..
September 17, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
September 24, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
October 1, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
October 8, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m..
October 15, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
October 22, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
October 29, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
November 5, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
November 12, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
November 19, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
December 3, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
December 10, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Graduation  January 29, 2021 Presentation at Chamber Annual Gala

Tuition

Tuition for each participant in Leadership Springfield is $950 for Chamber members and $1350 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 David Earhart (217.525.1173 x215 or dearhart@gscc.org) at the time of application.

Tuition is due upon receipt of invoice and must be PAID IN FULL BY AUGUST 14.

Tuition Assistance

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 process.

Deadline

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2020.

Questions

For more information, please contact David Earhart at 217.525.1173 x215 or dearhart@gscc.org.

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