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.

The program begins with a two-day retreat in September/October. Classes meet for all-day “Program Days” one day each month from October through April. A second one-day retreat is held in May. Class members are allowed to miss a total of 8 hours per year (in case of an unplanned emergency) excluding the retreats which are mandatory.  A special graduation event concludes the class in June.

Each 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 these 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 at $100, which not only help cover the costs of alumni programming and activities, but also contribute to the health and growth of Leadership Springfield, ensuring that the programs can continue.

Participation in Leadership Springfield programs requires a significant time commitment. Participants are expected to attend ALL sessions. Emergency absences are not permitted for the retreats. Hours for each program day are approximately from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a happy hour debrief commonly added by the program day planning teams. Your application will be considered for both Class 37 and Class 38 unless otherwise indicated in the online application. The dates for both programs are listed on the following page.


2019-2020 Signature Class Schedule

Class 37

New Class Reception - August 28, 2019

Launch Retreat (Mandatory) - September 24-25, 2019

Springfield, Our Community - October 24, 2019

Criminal Justice and Public Safety - November 14, 2019

Civic Awareness - December 12, 2019

Communications & Technology - January 23, 2020

Education & Life Long Learning - February 20,2020

Health & Medical Services - March 26, 2020

Arts & Quality of Life - April 16, 2020

Impact Retreat (Mandatory) - May 7, 2020

Graduation - June 9, 2020


Class 38 

New Class Reception (Optional) - August 28, 2019

Launch Retreat (Mandatory) - October 1-2, 2019

Communications & Technology - October 29, 2019

Education & Life Long Learning - November 19, 2019

Health & Medical Services - December 17, 2019

Arts & Quality of Life - January 28, 2020

Springfield, Our Community - February 25, 2020

Criminal Justice and Public Safety - March 31, 2020

Civic Awareness - April 28, 2020

Impact Retreat (Mandatory) - May 12, 2020

Graduation - June 9, 2020


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. and last until 5:00 p.m. or later. 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.