In 1981, a group of Clark County leaders felt there was a lack of knowledge about community needs and the available resources to meet those needs, and that an education initiative should be developed to address the concern.
In August of 1981, the charter class of Leadership Clark County, composed of leaders in business, non-profit, and government, met at Clifty Falls for its first retreat. Since that first class, much has changed but the program (now our DISCOVER 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 1985-1986 and 1986-1987 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 among applicants who have a strong interest or involvement in the community life of Clark, Floyd, and surrounding areas, regardless of place of residence.
Since 2010, Leadership Southern Indiana has become an organization that now offers four unique programs: FOCUS, DISCOVER, ELEVATE, and NEXGEN; each designed to groom leaders that will be transformative figures in the workplace and active members of our community.