January Business Spotlight: Leadership Springfield

A unique two-day experience awaits young professionals in Springfield – Access Class, a leadership development and community engagement program designed for those who are eager to make a difference.

Whether you are a seasoned professional, a passionate volunteer, new to town, a visionary entrepreneur, or a motivated young professional, Access Class will help you unlock the potential of your local impact, creating an environment where collaboration flourishes.

Imagine walking into a room buzzing with enthusiasm and diverse leaders, all ready to connect, learn, and grow. Access Class explores industries, backgrounds, and experiences, with the shared goal of enriching lives, growing connections, and building a brighter future for Springfield.

In this community leadership program, Leadership Springfield walks the class through the Community Focus Report’s blue ribbons and red flags with the help of local leaders and needle movers who believe in the power of community and collaboration.

Participants gain direct access to minds shaping the landscape of Springfield. Speakers share their insights (and email addresses) to collaborate with you. The agenda includes topics like workforce and economic development, local government, citizen engagement, critical resources through non-profit outreach, public safety, quality of place, healthcare collaboration, innovation, education, arts, and recreation. Every speaker brings a distinct perspective to the table, offering a wealth of knowledge that helps participants see Springfield through a new lens.

The impact of the Access Class does not end at the program’s doorstep; it reverberates through the community as participants take their knowledge and insight into boardrooms, volunteer opportunities, and careers. Engaging panels, inspired discussion, and time for dreaming big propels participants into action. The program does not just give information; it empowers and equips leaders with the resources and confidence to make their mark in their own backyard.

Conversations flow, ideas spark, and next thing you know you have expanded your network to accompany you on your journey as a young professional in SGF. Beyond just your class, you gain access to Leadership Springfield’s 3,000+ alumni! Access Class is a building block in your career, and a great step if you’re interested in one day applying to the Signature Class.

“The Access Class provided a great new network of positive, forward-thinking associates that are dedicated to making this community a better place to live and work…I believe the Access Class allowed me to refocus my attention to what was most important to me professionally, as well as, creating a new network of contacts to reach out to throughout the city, and opening my eyes to all of the hardworking people behind the scenes in our hospitals, schools, city offices, and beyond.” – Access Class graduate

If you’re ready to amplify your impact, connect with local leaders, and be a catalyst for positive change in Springfield, register for an upcoming Access Class.

February 28-29, 2024 or April 30-May 1, 2024

You can learn more about the program and scholarship opportunities here. Your community is waiting for the spark only you can provide!