What does a community need? Where do you get the resources to meet those needs? Nearly four decades ago, a lack of answers to those questions prompted a group of Clark County leaders to create Leadership Clark County. They developed an education initiative to address these concerns. The charter class for Leadership Clark County met for its first retreat in August of 1981. Just six years later, Leadership Clark County reorganized to include several Floyd County leaders to become what is now known as Leadership Southern Indiana.
By 2010, the organizations governance decided to pivot and change the direction of the organization. To do that they brought in a full-time executive with the support of a grant from the Ogle Foundation. In the years that followed, they rebranded their signature community program to DISCOVER and added a skills-based program called ELEVATE. In 2013, Leadership Southern Indiana launched NEXGEN, a program designed to cultivate youth leadership in the community.
In 2020, Scott County joined the service area of Leadership Southern Indiana. Now, anyone in Clark, Floyd, Scott, and surrounding counties can apply for classes, regardless of place of residence. In 2021, they refreshed the ELEVATE program to offer a new A La Carte option along with their Premier program.
Though the community around us is ever-changing, the mission of Leadership Southern Indiana remains clear: engage, develop, and mobilize regional leaders who will serve and transform our community.
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.