The Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program is now accepting applications for its 34th class. The signature leadership program of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has graduated nearly 1,000 people since it launched in 1986.
leadership sioux falls goals
• 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.
Leadership Sioux Falls identifies current and future leaders of Sioux Falls and educates them on the different aspects that tie the community together, with the intention of inspiring program participants to take action to make a positive impact on the future of Sioux Falls. The program is built around providing educational experiences; thereby helping participants identify ways they can serve and engage in active citizenship of this community in alignment with their individual strengths, talents and purpose.
Terra Zahn, Sanford Profile, graduated from the program in May. She says participating in LSF played a role in her decision to run for a seat on the Harrisburg School Board – a position she now holds.
"I knew I had a calling to serve in our local community but LSF really accelerated my ability and confidence to run. The experiences I had reaffirmed that it was something I shouldn't wait on," said Zahn.
The Leadership Sioux Falls program runs October through April, and concludes with a graduation in May. All eight sessions of the program focus on different facets of the Sioux Falls community, and include topics such as education, local and state government, public safety, business and industry, and service.
"I found getting a true look into the workings of industries, non-profits and the local government to be an incredibly valuable experience. It is something so many of us do not have a chance to learn more about," Zahn said. "In addition to that, networking with a group of peers at the level Leadership Sioux Falls provides is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity."
The Leadership Sioux Falls Selection Committee reviews all applications and selects 30 people to comprise the class. Applicants must be a current resident or employed in the Sioux Falls metro area, be over the age of 25, attend all required sessions, and commit to serving and strengthening the community upon completion of the program. Previous applicants who were not selected are strongly encouraged to apply for the program again.
The program application, as well as a complete schedule for Class 34, is available at siouxfallschamber.com under the Programs tab. Applications will be accepted until August 21. Tuition is $495 and is non-refundable. For more information contact Kayla Huizing at (605) 373-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.