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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

Get to know Leadership Illinois The Selection Process The Conference Experience Graduate and Become an Active LI Fellow
  • Attend an Information Session.
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!

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.

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

April 28 - May 1, 2020
Wyndham - Springfield City Centre, Springfield IL

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


Power of the Individual

July 15-17, 2020

Town & Country Inn and Suites

Quincy, 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!


Power of the Marketplace

September 23-25, 2020

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.



Annual Conference

February 23-24, 2020
Bloomington, IL




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.


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.