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What To Expect

What To Expect

Ready to take your leadership influence to a higher level?

It starts right here.

Is Leadership Illinois Right For Me?

You’re ready to apply if you: 

  • Have proven leadership ability.
  • Believe real change happens when leaders share lessons and experiences.
  • Are looking for unique personal and professional development experiences.
  • Love being part of a supportive and valuable network of like-minded women.
  • Are ready to increase your influence on the marketplace, in public policy, and through community efforts.
  • Can commit to a fellowship year of three fantastic conferences.
  • Want to pay it forward by staying involved and participating in a wonderful organization. 

Your First Year

Throughout your class year, you'll participate with three amazing conferences with a cohort of about 30 women. Our conferences are designed to educate, energize, and connect. Along the way you'll build a lifelong network of inspiring women who will become friends, mentors, and associates.

Here's what you can expect in the first year.

A glimpse of your first year

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The Selection Process

Apply online before December 5

Our selection committee reviews each application and makes a recommendation.

If selected, you'll hear from our executive committee, and your class year begins!

The Conference Experience

April: Attend your first conference: The Power of the Government in Springfield.

July: Reconnect with your class at Power of the Individual.

September: Travel to Chicago for Power of the Marketplace.

Graduate and Become an Active LI Fellow

With three fantastic conferences completed, you graduate. Congratulations!

In the Fall, invite your colleagues to an informational session and share your experiences with women who may be part of the next Leadership Illinois class.

Be an active part of Leadership Illinois by getting involved as an active Fellow.


The Conference Series

Our conference series includes three annual events unlike any other. Our conferences give attendees unique experiences focused on government, personal development, and the marketplace. Graduates walk away with the energy and ideas needed to be a catalyst for positive change right away.

Power of Government

Power of Government

April 4-7, 2017
State House Inn, Springfield IL

Get a complete picture of how state government works and how you can get involved.

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Power of the Individual

Power of the Individual

July 12-14, 2017
Bloomington, IL

It’s not unusual for women to spend most of their time focused on others. The Power of the Individual puts the focus on your personal development. Find your motivation and inspiration for A change!

Conference Details

Power of the Marketplace

Power of the Marketplace

September 11-13, 2017
La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown, Chicago, IL

Attend Power of the Marketplace and learn what influences a global city like Chicago, and how many factors shape the marketplace.

Conference Details


Alumni Membership

When you graduate from the program, you become an alum of a wonderful organization! Become an LI Fellow by paying annual dues, and you'll enjoy all the benefits of Leadership Illinois. Plus, attend alumni dinners and annual meetings to reconnect with your fellowship class and expand your network. 

Benefits for all active members

Online access to membership resources

  • Read expanded articles.
  • Browse the membership directory and connect with LI alumni.
  • Register for upcoming events.
  • Connect with LI fellows and alumni about the topics that matter to you the most.

Frequent networking events

  • Alumni dinners to connect with and expand your network.
  • Annual meetings to influence the direction of Leadership Illinois.
  • Informational sessions help women discover if Leadership Illinois is for them.

I'm Ready to Apply

Excellent! We’re accepting applications now for the 2017 Class Year. Apply by December 5, 2016. Our selection committee will announce the 2017 class in early March 2017.

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or contact us if you still have questions.

Learn More Before Applying

Learn more about us and see if our program is for you! Meet our alumni members and get more information about the next class.