In August of 1981, the Charter Class of this Leadership Program met at Clifty Falls for its first retreat. Since that first class, much has changed. But the program has remained a high quality assembly of people who wish to better serve their community. Leadership Clark County selected several Floyd County leaders for its 1985-86 and 1986-87 classes and expanded the monthly program agendas to include both communities.

In 1987, Leadership Clark County was reorganized as Leadership Southern Indiana, and Floyd County alumni were added to the board of directors. Class members are selected from among applicants who have a strong interest or involvement in the community life of Clark, Floyd and surrounding areas regardless of place of residence. It is our hope that Leadership Southern Indiana will continue to provide a strong pool of talented, committed leadership for Southern Indiana, the metropolitan region and the state of Indiana for years to come.