News and Notes
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.
Alina Lehnert was recognized last night as the 2018 Leadership Springfield Kenworthy Award recipient -the first female recipient in since Jodie Adams in 2009!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.