Leadership Springfield Application Class of 2019
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:
- Professional and personal achievement
- Demonstrated leadership potential
- A commitment to civic involvement

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 on or before 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) received by application date
o Applicant commitment
o 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 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 requirement of four (4) hours of community service before the April program session

Key Dates
September 26, 2018 - Orientation
October 5, 2018 - Opening Retreat
October 19, 2018 - Monthly Sessions (October-April)
November 16, 2018
December 14, 2018
January 18, 2019
February 15, 2019
March 15, 2019
April 12, 2019
May 17, 2019 - Closing Retreat
May 22, 2019 - Graduation
Tuition for each participant in Leadership Springfield is $1,000 for Chamber members and $1,400 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 aearnest@gscc.org) at 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. Applications 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 5pm 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. Visit www.gscc.org/how-to-apply to view the short essay 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 decisions in late July.

For more information, please contact the Ashley Earnest at 217.525.1173 or aearnest@gscc.org.
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