Participant Responsibilities


Leadership Springfield provides its participants with the opportunity to engage in an exciting year of personal, professional and community exploration but it does require a time commitment. Participants are expected to attend ALL sessions. Emergency absences are not permitted for the retreats and commencement activities.

The program begins with a two-day retreat in late September. Classes meet for all-day “program days” one day each month from October through April. A second two-day retreat is also held in May. A special graduation dinner concludes the class in June. Attendance at all events is mandatory. 

The class is divided into seven groups of four to six people to plan the program days. An additional time commitment is necessary for these groups to meet for planning purposes and those meetings are scheduled by members of each individual group. In addition to program planning, a class project or other extracurricular activities may be required.

Participants who are unable to meet the requirements of the program will be dropped. Following the completion of the program, participants are expected to stay involved in the organization, continually enhance their leadership experience and help strengthen the program for the future. Part of that continued involvement is a commitment to pay annual alumni dues, currently $100, which not only help to cover the costs of alumni programming and activities, but also contribute to the health and growth of Leadership Springfield.

2018-2019 Signature Class Schedule


Class 35

Launch Retreat Mandatory                   September 12-13, 2018

Springfield, Our Community                 October 9, 2018

Criminal Justice and Public Safety         November 6, 2018 

Civic Awareness                                  December 11, 2018 

Communications & Technology             January 8, 2019

Education & Life Long Learning             February 12, 2019

Health & Medical Services                    March 5 ,2019

Arts & Quality of Life                           April 9, 2019

Impact Retreat Mandatory                   May 7, 2019

Graduation                                         June 11, 2019

Class 36

Launch Retreat Mandatory                   September 18-19, 2018

Communications & Technology             October 18, 2018

Education & Life Long Learning             November 15, 2018

Health & Medical Services                    December 20, 2018

Arts & Quality of Life                           January 17, 2019

Springfield, Our Community                 February 21, 2019

Criminal Justice and Public Safety         March 21, 2019

Civic Awareness                                  April 18, 2019

Impact Retreat Mandatory                   May 16, 2019

Graduation                                         June 11, 2019


  • Attendance is expected for all program days, in case of unexpected emergency, a total of 8 hours on a program day can be missed, retreats are mandatory. Hours for each program day could begin as early as 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is highly recommended that if there is already a conflict with one of the dates that you not apply for the current program year.