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Our Program
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. 
 A Unique Program- What to Expect 
Your First Year
Throughout your class year, you'll participate in 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.   What to expect in your first year:
Get to Know Leadership Illinois
The Selection Process
  • Apply online before December 3.
  • 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 Government in Springfield.
  • July: Reconnect with your class at Power of the Individual.
  • September: Travel to Chicago for Power of the Marketplace.  
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Graduate and Become an Active 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. 
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“Leadership Illinois opened my eyes to the depth and breadth of our beautiful state, the range of opportunities available to women at any stage of their career, the joy of providing mutual support to colleagues, and the rewards of building an organization that continues to give back to the women of Illinois.“
Beth Powers,Class of 2006


Contact Us

Leadership Illinois

PO Box 899

Bloomington, IL 61702
(309) 533-0164 (phone)

Kathleen Lorenz, Executive Director

Brenda Fleming, Program Assistant

Our Mission

Leadership Illinois is a professional and personal support network that brings together a diverse group of accomplished women from all sectors of society to educate, energize and connect, so that each can be a catalyst for positive change.