How to Apply


Applications for the Class of 2018 are no longer being accepted. The application for the Class of 2019 (beginning September 2018) will be available at the end of 2017. 

Application Process

Each Leadership Springfield (LS) class is selected by the Selection Committee of the LS Advisory Board, with final approval from the LS Advisory Board and the Chamber.

Leadership Springfield is a Chamber program and applicants from member businesses will be given first consideration. If additional spots are available, non-members will be considered. An application evaluation process is conducted that consists of the following criteria: a commitment to civic involvement, demonstrated leadership potential, professional and personal achievement. 

While the time commitment for the participant can be significant, the amount of time the participant spends away from the office is only one day per month from October through May, after the Opening Retreat in early October.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age by Orientation (September 26, 2018)
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency
  • Live or work in Sangamon County
  • Must have at least 2 years experience of full-time employment
  • Completed application (including supporting materials)
    • Applicant commitment
    • Employer commitment

Successful candidates will have:

  • Demonstrated professional growth focused on leadership skills. 
  • Expressed a desire to contribute both time and energy toward serving Sangamon County.
  • Demonstrated prior volunteer involvement and provided evidence of leadership experience.

Graduation Requirements

  • Attend Orientation in September.
  • Attend and actively participate in the Opening and Closing Retreats and all monthly program sessions outlined in the Key Dates section.
  • Actively work and participate in meeting with project team throughout the program with completion and deliverables by the Closing Retreat.
  • Fulfill the minimum of four (4) hours of community service aspect of the Leadership Springfield program.

Key Dates - Class of 2019

Program Orientation          September 26, 2018          4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Opening Retreat   October 5, 2018   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monthly Sessions   October 19, 2018   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    November 16, 2018   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    December 14, 2018   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    January 18, 2019   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    February 15, 2019   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    March 15, 2019   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    April 12, 2019   8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Closing Retreat   May 17, 2019   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Graduation   May 22, 2019   5 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Tuition for each participant in Leadership Springfield is $900 for Chamber members and $1300 for non-members.

If a non-member wants to increase their chance of acceptance into the program, they may join the Chamber at the time of application and, if selected, pay the member tuition rate. Should the applicant not be accepted into the program, Chamber dues will not be refunded. Non-members interested in this option should contact Ashley Earnest (217.525.1173 or at the time of application.

Tuition is due upon receipt of invoice and must be PAID IN FULL BY AUGUST 15.

Tuition Assistance

Leadership Springfield is able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance. Those requiring assistance must fill out the appropriate section of the application. Applicants from Chamber member businesses will be given first consideration for assistance. Requests for assistance are confidential and have no bearing on the Selection Committee's decisions.


Our goal is to select a class reflecting the rich diversity of the Springfield community. All applications will be handled in the strictest confidence.


Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2018.

Application Tips

  • Please complete the short essays before starting your application. Your responses will not be saved if you close out of the application. Click here for the application questions. The short essay portion of the application plays a significant role in the selection process. Please take your time in answering the questions.
  • The LS Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications in July. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision in late July. 


For more information, please contact Ashley Earnest at 217.525.1173 or

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