Who we are

Leadership Springfield seeks to inspire, develop, and connect leaders to serve the Springfield community. We provide community leadership programs for area professionals of all ages and stages and local students, unlocking the potential in our community and plugging in people to meet real needs in Springfield. As a member of the national Association of Leadership Programs (ALP), we employ a community leadership framework model to equip program participants with tools to frame ideas, mobilize resources and build social capital. Course curriculum includes an exploration of the Community Focus Report and inclusive excellence. With an alumni network of more than 2,000 graduates, alumni members from more than 3 decades have been plugged in, with the power to make lasting impact in our community.

Our Vision

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Create an enduring legacy via its dynamic network of graduates whose increased awareness and commitment to community service will serve as a catalyst to positively shape Springfield’s future.

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Continue to develop and grow to equip its members to engage in effective and influential leadership within Springfield.

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Develop the next generation of leaders for the Springfield metropolitan area.

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Develop graduates who are more committed citizens of Springfield and better-rounded employees, managers, and leaders in the workplace and better able to serve the community in an informed manner through awareness, understanding, and action.

Our Beliefs

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We believe that significant positive change can be accomplished by a network of diverse leaders working together toward common goals.

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We believe that Springfield’s current and future health depends on strong, effective leadership at many levels.

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We believe that the next generation of Springfield leaders should be developed and encouraged.

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We believe Leadership Springfield should be an independent, non-partisan, non-aligned entity that always serves in Springfield’s best interest.

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We believe Leadership Springfield should conduct horizon scanning to constantly look to he future and position itself to best serve Springfield.

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We believe Leadership Springfield has an obligation to explore, and expose its alumni to a variety of social, economic, and political issues and leaders.


Explore the history of Leadership Springfield and discover how we’ve grown in our 30 years of operation.

Board of Directors

Our daily operations would be impossible without the hard work of our board of directors. Learn more about our team.

Are you interested in supporting the next class of leaders?

Consider sponsoring a program day, a program scholarship, a two-day fall or spring retreat, or an alumni continuing education event.

For inquiries, please contact us at [email protected]
or call at 417-986-2884.