Inspire. Develop. Connect. Serve.

Leadership Springfield is the premier program for leadership development in the Ozarks, designed to inspire, develop and connect leaders to serve the Springfield community. In over 30 years of operating, we have graduated more than 2,000 community leaders who are motivated and inspired to make an impact.

Program Overview

As a member of the national Association of Leadership Programs, Leadership Springfield provides three distinct community leadership programs for the Springfield metro area: the Signature Class, the Leadership Springfield Academy Class and the Access Class. In addition to these three programs, we offer ongoing membership opportunities for alumni to continue putting their class experience into action, through alumni engagement opportunities and more. Explore our community leadership programs.

Leadership Springfield’s flagship program takes community leaders on a nine-month tour of the city’s blue ribbons and red flags, devoting time to better understanding our own strengths as leaders, identifying the city’s needs, resources and opportunities, recognizing the value of bonding and bridging social capital and making a long term impact both individually and collectively as community leaders.

Each year, high school juniors across Springfield’s public and private schools learn about leading with their strengths while gaining a deeper knowledge of what it takes to keep the city running. Modeled after the nine-month Signature Class, the Leadership Springfield Academy Class engages the future workforce of our community and allows students to become more engaged and informed citizens.

New transplants to the city can plug into the community immediately through the Access Class – a one time fast-paced, two day program offered quarterly. This delivery model allows local leaders to get up to speed on major industry, initiatives and contacts. The Access Class also allows longtime Springfieldians an opportunity to participate in a community leadership program and expand their professional network without the time commitment of the flagship program.

Alumni Testimonials

Emily LettermanEmily Letterman
The places you visit are eye-opening. The people you meet are inspiring. The lessons you learn are impactful. To say Leadership Springfield is a transformational program would be an understatement.
Emily Letterman
Signature Class 35
Steve Kelly_2Steve Kelly_2
The Leadership Springfield Access Class was an amazing two-day immersive experience. It was a deep dive into all things Springfield in a condensed, perfectly scheduled format. Everything from our visit with City officials, panel of healthcare leaders, tour of large employers, and insights from our educational institutions, this experience was game-changing for me. Having just relocated to Springfield for a career opportunity, this was a critical piece to my understanding of what really makes this community work. I'm grateful for this program and to Carrie and the staff for putting it together. I highly recommend it!
Steve Kelly
Access Class 2
Dr. Tom PraterDr. Tom Prater
In the years since my Leadership Springfield experience (Class 5) I have continued to maintain social, professional and business relationships with many of my classmates. Even as a Springfield native, the experience certainly opened my eyes to new opportunities in the community.
Dr. Tom Prater
Signature Class 5
David WellsDavid Wells
My time in Leadership Springfield was full of valuable experiences. I learned about the inner workings of my community and how to conduct myself in a professional atmosphere. I developed my leadership skills and found the strength to say, “Follow me”.
David Wells
Academy Class 29

Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 3
6:00 pm

Friendsgiving: A Virtual Event

Join your friends, neighbors, family or #LeadSGF classmates for a virtual Friendsgiving! Gather your group virtually – or join a new group of friends – and set aside an evening for good food, good fun, and good laughs (all done safely from your own home)! Each purchased ticket includes access to the virtual Friendsgiving event at 6:30pm on December 3. You and a small group will spend the evening together in your virtual breakout room to share fun, food and activities together. Choose your budget: Select whether you want the Friendsgiving Basket ticket or you want to BYOB and opt for the No Basket ticket. If you select the Friendsgiving Basket ticket (which we really hope you do because it’s got incredible local treats worth more than the value of the ticket!), you’ll pick it up December 3 from 10am – 4pm stocked full of local goodies: Good Clean Wine, a personal charcuterie plate from Springfield Charcuterie, an all-in-one DIY project kit provided by AR Workshop, conversation starters, virtual activities and more! This is a super value you don’t want to miss out on. Register today to enjoy quality time with friends this Friendsgiving season! This is an alumni event open to non-alumni, friends and family. Let’s find time to sit across from each other (digitally) and connect with intention and grateful hearts this season.
Wednesday, December 16
12:00 pm

Virtual Alumni Event: Improving Your Leadership Skills

Join Larry Stock, Leadership Springfield Class 1 alumni and Vice President of the Board of Directors, for an engaging professional development opportunity. Larry Stock is a certified speaker, trainer and coach and Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team, and brings decades of business experience and leadership.

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