News and Notes
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leadership Springfield has an exciting year ahead, and we couldn't do it without incredible alumni like you!
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, Joe Page: 2017 Kenwothy award recipient.
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.
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.
The Application deadline is here, need more information about the program?
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.
Voter turnout for April elections tends to hover around 10% of all registered voters. We can do better than this on April 4th!
Health & Medical Services program day tapped into decision making, teamwork, facing challenges and community red flags.
If you haven't heard by now, next year Leadership Springfield will offer two Signature Classes in the upcoming year & applications are now open!
The Springfield Underground, a virtual speaker and sbjLive - what a day!
Mark your calendar for March 2nd, we want to brag about you!!
2017 is here- start it off strong with other alumni! Register today.
Leadership Springfield is all about connections. Start the New Year maximizing those connections with Impact Springfield.
Leadership Springfield isn't just about what happens during our"our year," its about staying connected and using what we got out of our Leadership Springfield experience to better our community.-Cheryl Briggs
Good food? Quality service? Good atmosphere? The Academy Class of Leadership Springfield received a lesson they never expected for the restaurant business.
The Black Sheep's Mike Jalili has more to share than just great burgers and shakes.
Driven to learn more about the Springfield community as a whole and the challenges we face (sometimes challenges we’d all prefer to pretend didn’t exist), POL visited a handful of organizations that serve youth and adults living in poverty during its October program day.
It’s an amazing world out there.
The Academy Class of Leadership Springfield traveled the world during a unique panel for the education program day in October. The day focused on specific programs of Springfield’s universities.
Recently I had the opportunity to be part of the Chamber’s annual Community Leadership Visit to Greenville, South Carolina! Each year, dozens of leader from across the Springfield area visit a peer city to learn lessons and bring home great ideas.
Leadership Springfield is excited to share a way for alumni to reconnect and impact the community in the process!
What a start for Class 32, the Springfield Our Community team set the bar high with the first program day!
The Leadership Springfield Academy Class 27 is ready for the opportunity they say is one of a lifetime.
“What I want to get out of this experience is how to work with people, being compassionate in what I do,” said Parkview High School junior Jordan Smith. “Also, getting to know people better, know how they feel.”
Impact Springfield Opportunity - Developing a Community Recognition Program
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.
"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."