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Chamber develops tomorrow’s leaders

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September 11, 2017
This month, Leadership Springfield, a program of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, begins its 32nd class, which will graduate in May of 2018.
The purpose of Leadership Springfield is to identify, motivate and professionally develop emerging leaders from a cross-section of the community and to help them develop their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of our community.
Leadership Springfield may be more relevant today than any other time in the program’s history. When you consider our ever-changing culture, ongoing technological advances and the need for leaders to guide organizations while connecting the right people to the right priorities – great leadership is essential.
We need emerging leaders who can and will provide a voice for the many initiatives that are important to our community. The Springfield Rail Improvements Projects, other infrastructure needs, the business climate, urban revitalization, economic expansion, diversity advancement, workforce expansion, the state of our state – all of these important issues need a growing number of leaders who are not only willing but are prepared to lead.
We need leaders who, for decades to come, will understand how to bring people together to solve problems and not just talk about them. And, maybe most of all, we need leaders who want to and will do the right thing, even in the face of opposition. The ultimate measure of leaders is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience but where they stand in times of challenge, opposition and controversy.
Over the course of eight months, participants will learn a number of leadership development capabilities and develop awareness of our community in the areas of Tourism & the Arts; Health Care; Education; State Government; Homeland Security & Public Safety; Economic Development; and Poverty & Diversity/Inclusion Awareness.
The participants are also challenged to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills by working on projects for the benefit of area not-for-profit organizations.
Today, we are proud to say there are more than 850 graduates of Leadership Springfield serving our community, as well as others, in various public, private and not-for-profit leadership capacities. These professionals often cite Leadership Springfield as one of the critical components in their leadership development.
Information about Leadership Springfield can be found on the Chamber’s website ( This is a great resource for prospective participants and employers, current participants and alumni. The application deadline for the Class of 2019 (beginning September 2018) is June 30, 2018. 

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