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Leadership Springfield Launches Applications for 2023-2024 Signature Class


Leadership Springfield Signature Class applications are live for the 2023-2024 program year.

The Signature Class is Leadership Springfield’s flagship leadership program. For 37 years, the Signature Class has provided opportunities for local leaders to grow in leadership development and community engagement, gain a unique awareness of their own strengths and recognize that they can make an impact where their strengths, passions, and community needs meet. The curriculum includes extensive leadership development, a deep dive exploration of major industries and areas of the community through the lens of the Community Focus Report, and strengths-based leadership training. The Signature Class is a nine-month program, including two retreats and intensive day-long, once-a-month sessions.

As a member of the national Association of Leadership Programs (ALP), Leadership Springfield employs a community leadership framework model to equip program participants with tools to frame ideas, mobilize resources and build social capital. The program seeks to inspire, develop, and connect leaders to serve the Springfield community.

Each Signature Class is carefully selected to be inclusive of professional background, leadership experience, race, gender, and industry. Classes represent our community and include participants representing large and small businesses, self-employed, non-profits, and community volunteers. Participation is open to all individuals who live or work in the Springfield metropolitan region.

All applications are evaluated by the 21-member Leadership Springfield Board of Directors and Selection Committee comprised of Board Members and Signature Class Advisors. All applications are reviewed for a commitment to personal and professional growth, to improving business and community connections, and to enhancing the quality of life for all. A limited number of applicants are selected for each class.

Due to increasing demand for this program over the past decade, Leadership Springfield opens two cohorts annually that run simultaneously. Participants begin their program experience in the fall and graduate in May each year. The Signature Class program is sponsored by CoxHealth.

Carrie Richardson, Executive Director, stated, “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to provide the area’s premier leadership development and community engagement experience for local leaders. Our nationally-recognized Signature Class program has a long legacy of growing and retaining local talent and equipping participants with the tools and drive to make a long-term impact locally.”

Community leaders interested in participating in the next Signature Class must submit the online application no later than Monday, March 27, 2023.

Applications for the 2023-2024 Academy Class program for high school juniors and seniors will open on February 6, 2023. Individuals interested in a non-competitive community leadership program can learn more about the two-day Access Class, sponsored by Arvest Bank, offered several times a year for anyone in the community. For questions about any Leadership Springfield program, please email


Media Contact : Hayley Cobb,
Source : Leadership Springfield
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