News and Notes

New Access Class Program Offers Crash Course in the Community

Posted by: Site Administrator Login (BLUE) on Monday, February 4, 2019

Responding to local employer needs, Leadership Springfield has launched the Access Class, a new two-day program designed to help leaders new to town develop a community network and get up to speed with the area’s key contacts, industries and opportunities for engagement. Registration is now open.

Ribbon Cutting & Signature Class Applications Open Monday January 14

Posted by: Site Administrator Login (BLUE) on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Leadership Springfield, the premier program for leadership development in the Ozarks, celebrates the opening of applications for the 2019-20 Signature Class with a new office ribbon cutting and open house on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4 p.m. This event is open to the public and will be held at Leadership Springfield’s new office space, located at 1711 West Battlefield, Suite A, Springfield, MO 65807 at the corner of Kansas and Battlefield.

Renew Your Alumni Dues

Posted by: Site Administrator Login (BLUE) on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As our organization has grown in the last three decades, the dues investment continues to be one of the most important sources of financial support for operating our programs. Leadership Springfield alumni dues are now $100, and we hope you continue to view this membership as an investment – in yourself, in the organization and in the Springfield community.

Congratulations to the 2018 Kenworthy Recipient, Alina Lehnert

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Sunday, July 1, 2018

Alina Lehnert was recognized as the 2018 Leadership Springfield Kenworthy Award recipient - the first female recipient in since Jodie Adams in 2009! 

Leadership Springfield Announces Signature Classes 35 & 36

Posted by: Leadership Springfield on Friday, June 29, 2018

Congratulations to Signature Classes 35 & 36! 

Leadership Springfield Announces First Executive Director

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Leadership Springfield is excited to announce the selection of our organization’s
first executive director – Carrie Richardson. The board of directors recently approved the selection
after a lengthy interview process, and the announcement was made to program alumni at the One Big
Class Reunion event at The Old Glass Place on Tuesday, June 12.

Leadership Academy Experience

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Thursday, April 26, 2018

Leadership Springfield Academy just wrapped up its 28th class with a graduation ceremony at the Discovery Center. It was another stellar year as these juniors from various Springfield high schools made great connections, were inspired by what they saw, and were able to develop themselves along the way. Hear one parent’s account of her son’s experience in the post below. 

Lifelong Connections: Signature Class 33

Posted by: Alia Lee on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Did we mention lifelong connections with your Leadership Springfield class peers? After a fantastic program day, Class 33 got creative and made a plan for the future. Find out what they have planned for 2033.

A message about the future of Leadership Springfield

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Thursday, March 29, 2018

For the last several years, Leadership Springfield has been growing and evolving in order to meet our mission to inspire, develop, and connect local leaders. We’ve launched the Principals of Leadership program in partnership with Springfield Public Schools. We’ve broadened the reach of the Academy program for high school juniors. We’ve refocused our alumni engagement efforts. And last fall, we took a significant step in launching a second Signature Class to meet the huge demand for that program.

Alumni Event: New Year, New You

Posted by: Mandy Anthes on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Leadership Springfield held its first half-day alumni workshop of 2018 and it was a success, learn valuable takeaways, like the power of saying ‘no,’ from this event led by Brett and Bev Baker with TrustPoint-Sandler Training.

Signature Class Recap: Arts & Quality of Life

Posted by: Stacy Schneider on Friday, January 19, 2018

Leadership Springfield’s Arts & Quality of Life program day was full of collaboration and passionate people who care about our community. Discover more about Class 34’s unique experience through the eyes of Stacy Schneider.

Alumni Event: Facilitation – The Committee Cure

Posted by: Crystal Mapp on Thursday, November 30, 2017

It was a packed house at the first alumni event of the year discussing group facilitation. Read the full blog post to learn valuable takeaways from this incredibly successful event led by Don Harkey and Matt Griswold of People Centric Consulting.

Signature Class Recap: Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Posted by: Keith Seiwert on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Learn more about the second program day for Signature Class 33 where they explored our criminal justice system and the safety of our community. In this article, participant Keith Seiwert takes us through his experience of the ‘Criminal Justice & Public Safety’ day.

Signature Class Recap-Springfield Our Community

Posted by: Casey Chasteen on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Learn more about the first program day for Class 33 where they discussed our changing community and plans for the future. Participant Casey Chasteen takes us through Springfield: Our Community and includes a key takeaway from her experience.

Community Leadership Visit Recap

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Friday, October 27, 2017

Leadership Springfield board president Mike Brothers had the opportunity to represent the organization on the recent Community Leadership Visit to Boise, Idaho. These annual trips, organized by the Chamber of Commerce, are a way for people from Springfield to hear first-hand lessons from counterparts in similar cities.

Our Alumni are Making an Impact through Impact Springfield

Posted by: Don Harkey | People Centric on Thursday, September 28, 2017

Over the past 33 years, Leadership Springfield’s three programs have produced more than 1,000 alumni. While these graduates feel more connected and informed on local issues, they often ask themselves upon graduation, “Now what?” Until recently, there honestly hasn’t been a great answer for that question. Our graduates go out and make their own impact, which is more than significant, but it has always felt like there was the potential for more. How can the community leverage these trained leaders? This is how Impact Springfield was born.

A Letter from the President

Posted by: Mike Brothers | Drury University on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Leadership Springfield's expansion to two Signature Classes is off to a fantastic start. As board president, I was fortunate to be able to speak to both Class 33 and Class 34 at their recent Launch Retreats. There are a total of 66 current and future community leaders in the classes who were engaged and energized during their two days together.

Keeping you connected

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Monday, August 7, 2017

Leadership Springfield has an exciting year ahead, and we couldn't do it without incredible alumni like you!

Thank you to our Retiring Board Members

Posted by: Unknown on Friday, June 30, 2017

As another year of Leadership Springfield winds down, we thought we would take a moment to thank the outgoing board members who were a huge part of making it all happen.

Congratulations to Joe Page, 2017 Kenworthy recipient!

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Congratulations, Joe Page: 2017 Kenwothy award recipient.

Leadership Signature Classes 33 & 34 announced following record number of applicants

Posted by: Andrea Brady on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A year ago, we announced that Leadership Springfield’s Signature Class program would expand to two full classes starting in Fall 2017. The idea was simple: In the more than 30 years since the program began, Springfield has grown and so has the need for thoughtful, engaged community leadership. There is always a great demand for limited spots in the Signature Class and so we felt both the need and demand led to a great opportunity to open up a second class. 

Reflections from Leadership Class 27 and Academy Class 28 announced

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Monday, May 22, 2017

For 28 years, Leadership Academy has connected 32 participants with business leaders and community organizations while giving them a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of our city.

Want to see a program day in action

Posted by: Unknown on Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Application deadline is here, need more information about the program?

Kenworthy Award honors a “patriarch” of Leadership Springfield’s early days

Posted by: Brian Fogle on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Franklin Kenworthy was the patriarch of Class III of Leadership Springfield. In those beginning years of Leadership Springfield, the program was still building a foundation. Community-wide awareness and large pools of applicants would grow over time, but we were still some of the pioneers of the early days.

Get Involved, Be Informed, Vote April 4th

Posted by: Unknown on Monday, March 6, 2017

Voter turnout for April elections tends to hover around 10% of all registered voters. We can do better than this on April 4th!

A new perspective on the impact of Health & Medical Services in our community

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Friday, February 17, 2017

Health & Medical Services program day tapped into decision making, teamwork, facing challenges and community red flags. 

Big News- Applications for Classes 33 & 34 now open

Posted by: Unknown on Friday, February 3, 2017

If you haven't heard by now, next year Leadership Springfield will offer two Signature Classes in the upcoming year & applications are now open!

Communications & Technology day with sbjLive

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Springfield Underground, a virtual  speaker and sbjLive - what a day! 

Alumni: we want to hear from you!

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Friday, January 13, 2017

Mark your calendar for March 2nd, we want to brag about you!!  

Have you registered yet? Join us for lunch with the incoming Chamber Chair, John Wanamaker.

Posted by: on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 is here- start it off strong with other alumni! Register today.