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Since 1981, Leadership Southern Indiana has educated and trained over 2,000 community leaders to embrace our community through civic engagement and servant leadership.  Their contributions have helped shape community progress and development through Clark, Floyd, Scott Counties and the surrounding areas.

ELEVATE was introduced to Leadership SI’s suite of programs in 2013.  This highly interactive and engaging development series is tailored for leaders seeking to enhance their facilitative leadership capabilities. ELEVATE is the regional program to help you get to the next level in your professional and personal development! Learn executive level leadership skills as you network to help you become a stronger leader. Recognized community leaders pass on their wisdom as they mentor you in their areas of expertise. 

Available in flexible formats to fit individual needs, you can sign up for the one-year cohort experience or apply for one session at a time to fit your schedule. Invest in ELEVATE to transform your position as a boss into a true leader with your staff and within the community. 

The ELEVATE Experience

Elevate consists of five core courses and several electives. The program has higher level classes that can be used to delve deeper and gain areas of expertise and insight into the core leadership areas. They can be taken as a Premier cohort experience or as a la carte classes. 

Premier Experience

Taken together, the five core courses, one elective, plus the Predictive Index make the premier program, which provides a cohort experience in which leaders can build on their leadership skills and grow with community peers. At the time of your application you will select dates to take 5 core courses as well as one additional elective course.  Cohort members in the premier program will also have access to up to three 1:1 executive coaching sessions.

The Premier Experience must be completed within a one-year period to earn a certificate. 

A la Carte

If you need to sharpen only certain skills or satisfy continuing education requirements, you may want to take some of the classes on an a la carte basis. You sign up to attend on your own or with a group of colleagues. ELEVATE is designed to be flexible to build on those skills to fit within your busy schedule.

How Individuals Benefit

  • Self-Awareness & Skill Building: You can expect to gain a better understanding of your own personal leadership style while acquiring the knowledge, confidence, and tools to more effectively lead others.
  • Executive Coaching: You will receive both individual and team executive coaching through our partnership with the Oliver Group.
  • Connect with Community Leaders: You will connect with community leaders from both the public and private sectors who will both support and challenge you.
  • Grow Your Network: You will connect with more than 2,000 Leadership SI members to expand your own network.

How Benefits Your Organization:

  • Community Citizenship: Provides a meaningful way for your company to invest in the community.
  • Leader Development: Allows smaller companies access to top-quality leader development.
  • Branding: Allows participants to share with others insights about your organization.

Time Commitment

All courses will be no longer that 3.5 hours in either an AM or PM session. Courses run August – May. In the Premier program you will select your course dates at registration.


Each of our facilitators has significant experience in leadership training and/or serving in leadership positions throughout their careers.

Program Day Calendar for the Class of 2022 (August 2021-May 2022)

* Indicates a Premier Experience Course

August 5th, 2021           Predictive Index Session with The Oliver Group*
8:30 AM – 12PM

August 26th, 2021        Know Thyself: Leading with Emotional Intelligence*

September 2nd, 2021      Professional Presence – Beyond Looks

September 16th, 2021    Ethical Leadership*

October 14th, 2021       Get Onboard-Your Organization is Moving

October 28th, 2021          Do We Understand Each Other? Fundamentals of Communication*

November 18th, 2021     Performance Coaching for High Impact Teams*

December 9th, 2021        Creating Social Justice & Equity through Collaboration*

January 6th, 2022          Do We Understand each other? Fundamentals of Communication*

January 20th, 2022        Leading through Change: Everyday Inevitability

February 10th, 2022         Performance Coaching for High Impact Teams*

February 24th, 2022      Safe Spaces for Fearless Conversations

March 3rd, 2022             Creating Social Justice & Equity through Collaboration*

March 17th, 2022          Ethical Leadership*

April 7th, 2022                Navigating Managing Up & Out: Vision & Influence

April 21st, 2022              Negotiation

May 12th, 2022              Know Thyself: Leading with Emotional Intelligence 

Download Course Descriptions Here

**If you need documentation or more information on how these trainings can be used to submit for continuing education (CEU) or professional development credit related to your industry/field please reach out to info@leadershipsi.org.

Please note:  All programs are either 8:30 am – noon or 12:30 pm – 4 pm. 

All classes are currently intended to be in-person.
***Dates are subject to change based on availability of facilitators.


Tuition for the ELEVATE Program is $2,550 for the Premier Program– which includes light snacks and materials for all Class days, Predictive Index assessment, executive coaching, facilitators and tickets to the two Breakfast Series sessions.  Limited tuition scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and for certain cases a payment plan is available.  Questions about scholarships or payment plans should be directed to the President/CEO.

A la carte courses are $450 each. Ask about discounts for Leadership Southern Indiana and One Southern Indiana members.

Participant Expectations

  • Be curious. Be humble. Be bold.
  • Attend all sessions
  • Willing to support Leadership SI with their time, talent, and treasure
  • Complete out-of-class assignments
  • Willing to source and refer future Leadership SI participants
  • Invest their talents back into the community.

Please note:  Absences or lack of participation may result in a participant being asked to leave the program or make up absences the following year.  Certificates are awarded on the basis of satisfactory completion of the program including attendance.

We plan to offer the ELEVATE program in person. If necessary, we will move courses virtually yet with the same high quality facilitators and curriculum. Staff and committee are being vigilant in monitoring the CDC guidelines and will offer flexibility in programming as needed.

Who Should Apply

For the Premier Program candidates are selected on based on their demonstrated leadership, commitment to community, civic involvement and leadership capacity.  Approximately 10-15 candidates are selected each year, representing a diverse cross-section of the community, including business, education, non-profit agencies and community organizations. Candidates must have full support of the organization they represent. 

For the a la carte option anyone can register and we encourage small groups from companies to sign up together.

How to Apply

Applications for the Premier Program are open June 15-July 31.  A la carte – one class at a time – registrations are ongoing. The application opens on June 15th, please check back on that date to apply. For more information or questions, please contact Leadership SI at 812-246-6574.  

Please Note: When applying for the Premier Program application, please have your calendar ready and a headshot ready to upload BEFORE starting the application.