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 $70, which not only help to cover the costs of alumni programming and activities, but also contribute to the health and growth of Leadership Springfield.

2017-2018 Signature Class Schedule

Class 33
Fall Retreat September 19-20, 2017

Springfield, Our Community October 17, 2017

Criminal Justice and Public Safety November 7, 2017

Civic Awareness December 12, 2017

Communications & Technology January 16, 2018

Health & Medical Services February 13, 2018

Education & Life Long Learning March 13, 2018

Arts & Quality of Life April 10, 2018

Closing Retreat May 8-9, 2018

One Big Class Reunion June 12, 2018

Class 34
Fall Retreat September 14-15, 2017

Communications & Technology October 19, 2017

Health & Medical Services November 9, 2017

Education & Life Long Learning December 14, 2017

Arts & Quality of Life January 18, 2018

Springfield, Our Community February 15, 2018

Criminal Justice and Public Safety March 15, 2018

Civic Awareness April 12, 2018

Closing Retreat May 17-18, 2018

One Big Class Reunion June 12, 2018

  • 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.