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, August 4
7:30 am

Access Class – August 2020

Thru Wednesday, August 5
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.
Wednesday, August 26
5:30 pm
The Oasis Hotel and Convention Center Paradise Ballroom
2546 N Glenstone Ave

One Big Class Reunion

Thru Wednesday, August 26
It’s time to cheer on this year’s graduating classes! Join us for Graduation at One Big Class Reunion on Wednesday, August 26 at The Oasis Hotel & Conv. Center, Ascend Hotel Collection Paradise Ballroom from 5:30-7:30pm. Graduates from Signature Class 37 and Signature Class 38 will walk the stage to officially complete their program year. During the event, we will also recognize graduates of the past year’s Access Classes and SPS Access Class programs, welcome incoming Signature Class participants, celebrate the Academy Class program’s 30th year, and say a warm farewell to the outgoing #LeadSGF board members. This event will end with the announcement of the 2020 Kenworthy Award for Outstanding Leadership recipient. Seating capacity is limited to comply with occupancy needs. The event will also be streamed for free via Facebook Live. COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: The Oasis will perform a temperature check on every attendee before being admitted to the event. The Oasis has implemented additional safety and sanitation procedures, including masking, increased sanitization stations and contactless operations. Event setup and spacing will allow for physical distancing below the occupancy requirements. Masks will be required for this event. Leadership Springfield will have masks available at check-in for those who do not have one. Thank you for your cooperation with our efforts to keep our community safe and conduct this graduation and alumni reunion in a responsible way!
Tuesday, November 17
7:30 am

Access Class – November 2020

Thru Wednesday, November 18
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.

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