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Leadership Sioux Falls

The Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls Program

The Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program is designed to meet the community´s need for active participation of informed and dedicated community leaders and since 1986, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has promoted and fostered the development of leadership in the greater Sioux Falls community.

Each year, curriculum is developed with the idea of creating an integrated, total experience for participants. The topics change as the issues, challenges and opportunities of the community change. The program is built around providing educational experiences, and this process focuses on helping them identify ways they can serve and engage in active citizenship of this community that aligns with their strengths, talents and purpose.

The program is open to all people who live or work in the Sioux Falls metro area. Individuals from all segments of the community are encouraged to apply. If you are a community-minded, committed citizen and have an interest if shaping our community´s future, Leadership Sioux Falls is for you.

Sessions are held monthly, October through May.

Click here to apply for LSF Class 35 (2020-2021). Applications are due at 5 PM on August 21, 2020.

For more information about Leadership Sioux Falls´, contact the Chamber: (605) 336-1620.

  • A maximum of 35 individuals will be chosen to participate in the Leadership Sioux Falls program each year. To be eligible for selection, the applicant's employer/sponsor must be in support of the applicant's full participation in all required sessions. Participants are selected based on the information submitted on the application and in the required letters of recommendation. The selection committee will strive to enroll a class that represents a diverse range of occupations, backgrounds, interests and talents with preference given to individuals who:

  • have participated in past community and professional activities
  • have lived and or worked in the Sioux Falls area for a minimum of 1 year
  • are over the age of 25
  • are able to attend all required sessions; class members missing sessions will be dropped from the program and will not graduate
  • commit to serving and strengthening the community upon completion of the program

The Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls Program:

  • To develop awareness of the Sioux Falls area, its challenges and opportunities.
  • To strengthen leadership abilities by identifying leadership styles, skills and possibilities.
  • To form a network of informed, concerned citizens who can help guide the future growth of the community.
  • To educate and motivate leaders to greater involvement in the community.

Program participants will:

  • To educate and motivate leaders to greater involvement in the community.
  • Expand personal leadership talent.
  • Develop valuable contacts and communication networks.
  • Ready themselves for future leadership opportunities in their careers and community.

Employers and sponsoring organizations will:

  • See benefits from the broadened perspectives and enhanced potential of participants.
  • Open doors for greater corporate/organizational community involvement and visibility.
  • Create additional opportunities to influence positive change

The community will:

  • Experience benefits through increased community involvement from participants.
  • Reap future benefit from collective commitment to effective leadership by program graduates.

Tuition for Leadership Sioux Falls 35 will be $600.

  • Tuition covers expenses for meals, notebooks, bus tours, graduation and all other costs incidental to the operation of the program.
  • Tuition may be paid by the candidate´s employer, a sponsor or the candidate.
  • Tuition is non-refundable. Participants who are selected, but fail to meet the time commitment are dropped from the program and will not receive a tuition refund.

The Leadership Sioux Falls experience does not end at graduation. Graduates become a new community resource for boards and task force groups in the private and non-profit sector.

  • Graduates are asked to make return "guest appearances" at future Leadership Sioux Falls classes. Through contact with a wide range of professionals and the "behind the scenes" knowledge gained, Leadership Sioux Falls graduates are ready to expand their influence on the community.

    To obtain a list of Leadership Sioux Falls Graduates, call: (605) 336-1620

Leadership Sioux Falls, Class 35 Schedule

  • Session 1: October 7, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: November 4, 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Session 3: November 18, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 4: December 4, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 5: January 13, 3–8 p.m.
  • Session 6: February 17, All Day, Pierre
  • Session 7: March 10, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 8: April 7, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 9: May 5, 5–8 p.m.

Part of the Leadership Sioux Falls program includes a Community Service Project to be completed by the class. Although the majority of the project will be completed during class sessions, there may be times when you need to meet outside of the session to complete the project.

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