March Business Spotlight: Leadership Springfield

For 38 years, Leadership Springfield’s flagship Signature Class program has been a beacon of leadership development and community engagement locally, committed to making Springfield stronger by inspiring, developing, and connecting local leaders to serve. Signature Class applications are currently open for 2024-2025, and we invite you to consider applying! Click here to start your application.

The Network is a strong community pillar investing in our young professionals, and the Signature Class can be another step in your leadership journey to elevate your impact and connectedness in Springfield as you advance your career, seek leadership roles, and build relationships. With an alumni network of 3,000+ leaders, your opportunities for connection through Leadership Springfield are endless!

Two of The Network’s Leadership Council members are currently in the program and shared about their experience so far:

“Leadership Springfield has opened my eyes to a better understanding of the collaboration between our public and private sectors and has created a deeper sense of community engagement. The program has been instrumental in honing my leadership skills, connecting me with local leaders, and empowered me to make a larger impact in this place we get to call home.” -Carly Taft, Signature Class 45

“As a lifelong Springfieldian and active Network member, I have found another level of community involvement with Leadership Springfield’s Signature Class. The exposure to new programs and community information and the focus and tools provided for building new relationships with other community-minded professionals have been so worthwhile for the time spent! I would highly encourage other young professionals who are putting down deep roots in the Springfield community and growing as a leader to further explore the Signature Class experience.” -Nick Meinhardt, Signature Class 46

The Signature Class is an immersive program designed to energize and empower leaders to strengthen their leadership skills, build social capital, mobilize resources, and make a tangible impact on our community. The program includes two retreats and a series of intensive day-long sessions over the course of nine months, exploring Springfield’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities for growth. Participants gain a profound, unique understanding of their own strengths and how they can be leveraged to effect positive change in Springfield.

As a part of a small group, participants plan and execute a program day, bringing the topic of the day to their classmates through interactive workshops, tours, panel discussions, and meaningful discussions with local leaders.

The Signature Class equips participants with the tools needed to excel in their careers and make a meaningful difference around them, and its impact extends far beyond curriculum during program days. We are constantly inspired by our alumni and participants with how they take their experience into the world.

Do you have questions about the Signature Class program? Check out these FAQs, attend an upcoming info session, or contact our staff at

The future of leadership in Springfield starts with young professionals. Unlock your full potential as a YP in Springfield by applying for the Signature Class today! Applications are open through April 1.