Leadership Southern Indiana

Due to COVID-19 we have reduced the class size and will have social distancing, masks and hand sanitizers at class days. Staff and committee are being vigilant in monitoring the CDC guidelines and will offer flexibility in programming as needed.

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 and Floyd Counties and the surrounding areas.

DISCOVER is a nine-month program design to inform, inspire, connect and empower leaders that Southern Indiana will need to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

How Individuals Benefit

  • The community is our classroom! Individuals will be immersed in the Southern Indiana community and how it operates which will provide a broader and deeper perspective on the community and your role in it.
  • Individuals will connect with community leaders from both the public and private sectors who will both support and challenge their views on the community’s key issues.
  • Individuals will interact with and build a professional network of individuals who are passionate about our community.
  • Individuals will gain knowledge on civic issues, as well as how they can effect change in our community.
  • Individuals will connect with the Leadership SI alumni network of more than 2,000 individuals and grow their own network by meeting community leaders at each program day.

How Organizations Benefit

  • Participants gain a solid leadership foundation based on skill building, civic education, and service that can be applied at their organization.
  • Program graduates develop the capacity and commitment to recognize, understand, and respond to their community’s needs and opportunities of the organizations and teams they serve.
  • Participants meet fellow community leaders, establish connections, and expand their circle of influence.
  • Throughout the program, participant are immersed in the community—as a representative of their organization, their involvement the DISCOVER demonstrates the organization’s commitment to the betterment of the community.

Time Commitment

The DISCOVER Program commences in late September with a MANDATORY opening retreat where participants experience skill building exercises that will better prepare them for their adventure.  The program continues with nine (9) program days from September – May, leading to graduation at the Closing Retreat in May.

Program Calendar for the Class of 2021 (September 2020-May 2021)

September 30, 2020  –  Mandatory Retreat (no overnight stay in 2020)
October 1, 2020  – History / Tourism
October 21, 2020 – Economy / Workforce Dev.
November 11, 2020 – Health & Human Services
December 9, 2020 – Government
January 6, 2020 – Inclusive Communities
January 20, 2021 – Regionalism
February 10, 2021 – SIMSOC
March 10, 2021 – Education
April 21, 2021 – Scott County Day
May 12, 2021 – Closing Retreat

Please note:  All program days begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m.  Leadership SI is committed to providing a safe environment during these COVID-19 times, and we will provide all participants masks and hand sanitizer during class days.


Tuition for the DISCOVER Program is $2,095 – which includes meals, and materials for all program days, and program day transportation.  Limited tuition scholarship are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and for certain cases we have a payment plan available.  Questions about scholarships or payment plans should be directed to the executive director.

Participant Expectations

Participants are expected to make a commitment to the program, attending at least 80% of the sessions, and completing minimal out-of-class assignments.  The opening retreat is mandatory (no overnight in 2020). Participants will serve on a committee with members of their class to plan a class day for the following class year.  A willingness to support Leadership SI through time, talent and treasure and referral of future candidates for the benefit of our community.

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.

Who Should Apply

Candidates must have full support of the business or organization they represent.  Candidates are selected on basis of demonstrated leadership, commitment to community, civic involvement, and program capacity.  Approximately 38-45 candidates are selected representing a diverse cross section of the community, including business, education, non-profit agencies and community organizations.

How to Apply

During open application periods, which is in mid- March of each year, apply online at www.leadershipsi.org.

For more information or questions, please contact the office at 812-246-6574