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

Tuesday, June 8

LeadSGF Online Logowear Store

Thru Friday, July 9
Don’t miss your chance to snag some new #LeadSGF branded logowear now through July 9 at 8:30am! We are offering hats, t-shirts, polos and jackets – all perfect to sport at the next Alumni Membership event or program day you attend. Place your order today!
Wednesday, June 23
7:30 am

Access Class – June 2021

Thru Thursday, June 24
Get up to speed with the Springfield community in our Access Class. Designed for mid to high-level professionals, this crash course in the community is perfect for those who are new to the area or those looking to expand their professional connections. Participants will spend two days exploring the city, fostering connections with community leaders and discovering what they can do to impact the world right here locally. *We are following strict COVID precautions during the class, including social distancing, mandatory masks, sanitization, and boxed or served meals.
Thursday, July 22
12:00 pm

Virtual Alumni Member Event | Balancing Nutrition And Busy Work Schedules

Thru Thursday, July 22
When it feels like you’re living at the office and you have no time for YOU, it can be easy to let healthy eating fall by the wayside. Join us for an interactive conversation about prioritizing nutrition in the midst of your packed workdays. You don’t want to miss this session with Donna Webb, founder and owner of Bright Sky Nutrition. Donna is a graduate of Access Class 1. This alumni engagement opportunity will open up a conversation about navigating a healthy lifestyle & personal nutrition while working, provide an opportunity to talk to a professional nutritionist, and you might even walk away with a recipe to try! Join us for this session with Bright Sky Nutrition and learn about how you can balance your nutrition and busy work schedule. This virtual event is free for alumni members and current class participants.

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