Inspire. Develop. Connect.

Leadership Springfield is the premier program for leadership development in the Ozarks, designed to inspire, develop and connect leaders to serve the Springfield community. Leadership Springfield’s programs give each participant a deeper understanding of the community and themselves. For more than three decades, Leadership Springfield has helped both emerging and established leaders take commitment to their community to a new level, connecting more than 1,000 graduates with local opportunities, needs, problems and resources. Want to be next? The Signature Class application period for next program year is now closed. Applications open every year in January.

Signature Class
Learn what it means to live in and give back to Springfield in our flagship program, featuring strengths-based leadership development and a nine month in-depth exploration of the community blue ribbons and red flags.
Leadership Academy
Open to high school juniors from Springfield public and private schools, the Academy Class follows the school year and provides students a deep dive into our community and their own strengths.
Principals of Leadership
Designed for local principals, in partnership with Springfield Public Schools, this program provides a hands-on learning experience of our community, focusing on building and community collaboration.
Access Class
A two-day immersive community experience designed for mid level, high level and licensed professionals new to the community, providing an inside look into the Springfield metro area and immediate connection to local leaders.

"As a lifetime learner and educator I have had the opportunity to take part in countless professional growth activities throughout my career. However, I can say without doubt, that none have had the impact on both my professional and personal life that Leadership Springfield has had."

Ben Hackenwerth, Class 28


"Being new to Springfield, Leadership Springfield connected me to 32 professionals from different backgrounds in our community.  Through the program, we learned what makes Springfield tick and ways we can work together to ensure it stays a great place to be for generations to come."

Francine Pratt-Class 27


"Leadership Springfield has channeled my personal and professional goals to reflect those of our Community. It has been refreshing to see so many others that have gone through Leadership Springfield, also very driven to see our community be the best place to work, live and play."

Teresa Coyan, Class 27