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Who We Are

Leadership Illinois is a not-for-profit membership organization that got its start in 1988. We're a group of diverse and gifted women united by a desire to make meaningful change happen in communities and workplaces.

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The Leadership Illinois Program

Our membership program features an annual conference series for alumni members and an annual fellowship class of about 30 women.

Plus, all members enjoy online resources and events that strengthen connections, energize, and inspire meaningful change.

Getting Started with Leadership Illinois

Getting started with Leadership Illinois begins with applying for membership.

We accept applications through November 30 for the next fellowship class year. We carefully consider each application and announce our selection in March.

Learn how to apply

Who’s Part of Leadership Illinois?

Once you join Leadership Illinois, you’re always a member. That’s why our annual fellowship class selection process is so competitive. We’re choosy in our selection, so our membership represents diversity in:

  • ethnicity
    Ethnicity
  • geography
    Geography
  • experience
    Political and professional experience
  • volunteer
    Volunteer contributions

Our members are corporate executives, senior management leaders, business owners, community volunteers, and political advocates.


Founders

Our History

In 1988, four women were inspired to start Leadership Illinois. Leonore Janecek, Lois Ryan, Vilma Colom, and Peggy Monte had just completed the Leadership America program, and shared a passion to provide a similar program for Illinois.

These founding women worked to create the program and its annual conference format, alongside support of Illinois businesses and interested individuals.


Our Leadership

Our volunteer-managed program is lead by an executive committee, elected at the organization’s annual meeting each January. Members who have experienced the value of Leadership Illinois for themselves hold our leadership positions.


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