The year was 1984. Volunteerism in Springfield was at an all-time low. Trained leaders were needed to serve the community.
To fulfill the need, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of Springfield, and United Way of the Ozarks joined forces to find a program that would fit the needs of the community. This collaboration led to Leadership Springfield being formed.
In 1990, Leadership Springfield expanded to include the Leadership Academy, a program created to engage local high school students and help them become better connected to their community. In 2013, Principals in Leadership was added to give school principals the opportunity to learn about business and resources in Springfield to enrich their students learning experience.
Leadership Springfield is part of the Association of Leadership Programs—a national organization created to advance and connect leaders in communities across the country.
Since its beginnings in 1984, Leadership Springfield has inspired, developed and connected more than 1,000 Springfield community leaders.