JULY 3, 2017 - VOL. 53 No. 10

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Applications open this month for next Leadership Sioux Falls class

The Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program will accept applicants for its 32nd class beginning July 10 through August 16. The signature leadership program of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has graduated more than 900 people since its launch in 1986.

Leadership Sioux Falls (LSF) 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.

Chris Filsinger, a business banker with CorTrust Bank, credits his Leadership Sioux Falls experience with strengthening his leadership abilities and helping him understand how he can impact Sioux Falls. "It is rare for most people to take the time out of their busy lives to really look at what internal values and behaviors guide us as individuals and how we can utilize those qualities to better ourselves and the community we live and work in. Leadership Sioux Falls provided that opportunity for me that I probably wouldn't have taken otherwise."

The Leadership Sioux Falls program runs October through April, and concludes with a graduation in May. All seven 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.

Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead was a member of the 10th LSF class. When the opportunity to run for Minnehaha County Sheriff presented itself, he dusted off his notes from a Leadership Sioux Falls session on running for public office. "I had never thought about being an elected official, but I knew I could impact the community in a positive way, and wanted to lead this community in the best way I knew how. Leadership Sioux Falls helped provide me with the tools I needed to follow through on that."

Similarly, Filsinger reflects on the city bus tour and how it helped him develop a deeper awareness of Sioux Falls as a whole. "Jeff Schmitt of the Sioux Falls Planning & Building Services Department gave us some insight into the challenge of planning for future infrastructure needs for our growing city, while continuing to maintain what we already have in place," he said. "As Sioux Falls' footprint grows every year, it is important to have the required roads and utilities in place to support the growth."

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 32, will be available at under the Programs tab. Applications will be accepted until August 16. Tuition is $495 and is non-refundable. For more information contact Lauren Fosheim at (605) 373-2009 or

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