News and Notes

Celebrating an exciting year ahead

Posted by: Unknown on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Our New Class Mixer is always a great place for our Principals of Leadership Class 4 and our Signature Class 32 to connect with board members, advisors and each other. We would like to share a special thank you to our sponsor, CoxHealth for ...

Impact Springfield Opportunity - Developing a Community Recognition Program

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Impact Springfield Opportunity - Developing a Community Recognition Program

Next generation of Leadership

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Monday, September 19, 2016

Once again, the next generation of leaders are getting a chance to see their hometown in fresh ways through Academy Class 27. Check out the initial reactions from participants Alec Horton and Meredith Montgomery. We would also like to thank the Springfield Public Schools Online Office for making it possible for all students who participate to earn an elective credit for their transcript! We’re really excited that after 26 years we are continuing to find new ways to make this program even more relevant for our future leaders. 

Leadership Springfield Class 32 Retreat Takeaways

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Friday, September 16, 2016

"The program provided a renewed sense of wanting to be involved in our community. Clearly a positive energy in the room and people wanting more."

School's in for Principals of Leadership Class 4

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

We asked two participants in the Principals of Leadership Class 4 to give us some thoughts about the program following their kick-off retreat. Here's what they had to say. 



Thank you to our outgoing board members

Posted by: Unknown on Thursday, June 23, 2016

The backbone to any successful organization is a strong board, which makes saying goodbye to our incredible outgoing board members even more difficult. It has been an exciting year for Leadership Springfield thanks to the passion and vision of these five community leaders.

Arvest Bank encourages Leadership Springfield Graduates & alumni to dream big about Springfield!

Posted by: Brad Crain on Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Arvest Bank congratulates the current and past graduates of Leadership Springfield and encourages them to dream big about Springfield and what is possible as they reunite. We support your efforts and applaud your commitment.

Leadership Springfield doubling in size

Posted by: Geoff Pickle on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Big news for Leadership Springfield, have you heard?

Leadership Springfield names David Hall as 2016 Kenworthy Award recipient

Posted by: Leadership Springfield names David Hall as 2016 Kenworthy Award recipient on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

David Hall,  2016 Kenworthy Award recipient shares "Even though I have worked for the Springfield Fire Department for over 27 years, Leadership Springfield really opened my eyes to the needs of our community as well as the dedication of people committed to making it a better place. The experience really drove home the need for me to get fully involved."

Leadership Springfield is all about building a better Springfield

Posted by: Don Harkey on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

People Centric's mission is to "support leaders to live and work within their core strengths and passions with clarity and purpose".  This mission aligns very well with Leadership Springfield's mission to "inspire, develop, and connect leaders to serve the Springfield community".

Congratulations to all of the 417 Magazine Most Beautiful Finalists

Posted by: Unknown on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Congratulations to all of the 417 Magazine Most Beautiful Finalists- The deadline to vote is tomorrow at 5:00pm.  Learn more about the finalists and cast your vote today!

One Big Class reunion in ONE week!

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

One Big Class Reunion in one week!!




Leadership Springfield announces Principals of Leadership Class 4 & Leadership Academy Class 27

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Friday, June 3, 2016

Leadership Springfield, the area’s most comprehensive community-based leadership development program, has selected the members of its 4th Principals of Leadership Class and the 27th Leadership Academy Class.

Leadership Academy Class 26: These students prove Leadership Springfield is the start of something bigger

Posted by: Chris Replogle on Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Leadership Springfield Academy Class 26 graduated in April. However, the work of that class did not stop at the ceremony. “Through Leadership Springfield we have learned a lot of the issues that surround our community,” said ...

Another Great Continuing Education Event in the books!

Posted by: Unknown on Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Our last continuing education event had it all, an incredible panel of passionate business owners, networking time with Leadership Springfield alum and a delicious lunch from an area food truck. This event really hit home with Class 28 Leadership ...

Announcing Signature Class 32

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Friday, May 6, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2016 Contact: Mike Brothers, Leadership Springfield vice president 417.894.9064 Announcing Signature Class for Leadership Springfield Springfield, Mo. – Leadership Springfield, the area’s most ...

Leadership Springfield Committee Openings

Posted by: Mike Brothers on Friday, April 15, 2016
As the Leadership Springfield program year draws to a close this spring, our board and committee members are already looking ahead to next year. Our eight standing committees are truly the heart and soul of Leadership Springfield – they are ...

Leadership Springfield Signature Class Day takes an Unusual Turn

Posted by: Bridget Lovelle on Wednesday, April 13, 2016
For the first time ever, the normal “healthcare” Leadership Springfield signature class day in March wasn’t the usual visits to local healthcare facilities. Instead, the full day was focused on poverty in Springfield. The first ...

Springfield will always be my home and I can’t wait to share its story with any Nebraskan who will listen!

Posted by: Parker McKenna on Friday, April 8, 2016
As many of you know, my wife and I have made the decision to leave the Springfield community as the result of a career transition; We will be transitioning to Omaha, Nebraska over the next few months. Given that we announced our decision in early ...

Leadership Springfield Academy meets Officer Shawn Clawson, and hopefully they never forget him

Posted by: Chris Replogle on Friday, March 25, 2016
It is a message police hopes stays with a group of high schoolers forever. The Leadership Springfield Academy class received a lesson on the dangers of drinking and driving from one who faces the problem daily. Officer Shawn Clawson participated ...

Leadership Springfield: It’s about lending a hand, not pointing a finger.

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Friday, March 11, 2016
As the deadline for applying for Leadership Springfield Class 32 approaches, Jim Anderson, Class 3 alum, reflected on his time in the program. When asked to share what has proven to be the most valuable takeaway and used the most in his career, ...


Posted by: Don Harkey on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Our graduates do amazing things. Now the organization is looking for ways to maximize that energy and take it even further. 

My Strengths. My Community. My Social Capital. My Impact.

Posted by: Alina Lehnert on Sunday, February 21, 2016

Leadership Springfield is more than a program or fieldtrip—it’s an intentional community learning experience- Leadership Class 23 graduate, Alina Lehnert 

Communications and Technology Refelctions from Signature Class 31

Posted by: Unknown on Monday, February 1, 2016
Communications and Technology, this program day planning team really stepped up their game by incorporating technology and interaction throughout the day, with some takeaways that will help give Class 31 skills in managing communication and ...

Congratulations to our Leadership Springfield 40 under 40 honorees

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Springfield Business Journal has announced the 2016 40 Under 40 recipients, and will celebrate this honor on March 24th at The Ramada Oasis & Convention Center at 5:30pm.

Reflections from Leadership Springfield Academy student, Ryan Burch

Posted by: Ryan Burch on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ryan Burch is a junior at Central High School and is one of the students in Leadership Springfield Academy Class 26.  Ryan shared his reflections from what he has gained from being involved in Leadership Springfield Academy so far & what it was like to be part of the planning for the Business Day program day. His eyes were opened up by the great number of large companies started right here in Springfield & the opportunities they provide for our region.

A special thank you to the Whitlock Company for sponsoring our Business Day.

Leadership Springfield’s Class 30 played Santa for senior citizens in the Ozarks over the holiday season.

Posted by: Dan Malochowski on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The mission of Leadership Springfield is to Inspire, Develop & Connect.  Class 30 took this to a whole new level this holiday season while playing Santa to area senior citizens.  So proud of them  & hoping their kindness inspires others to make a difference in our community.

Meet the 2016 Chamber Chair: Debbie Shantz Hart

Posted by: Jamie Fields on Friday, December 11, 2015

Our next Leadership Springfield alumni event offers an opportunity to mingle with the incoming Chairman to the Chamber's Board of Directors, Debbie Shantz Hart, The Network and Leadership Springfield Alumni. 

As always, your alumni dues will cover the cost of this event, so mark your calendar!

Leadership Springfield Academy learns The Great Game of Business

Posted by: Christopher Replogle on Thursday, December 3, 2015
Area high school students received a lesson in an open business plan taught by the man who wrote the books. Springfield businessman Jack Stack laid out his rules for success with the Leadership Springfield Academy Class Wednesday, December 2 at the ...

Public Safety and Criminal Justice Day Reflection

Posted by: Bridget Lovelle on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Many of our Leadership Springfield Signature classes over the years have experienced Public Safety and Criminal Justice program day, but not many got to do all the great things Class 31 got to earlier this month during their day. They got to shoot ...