LGC Fellows Program: A Leader's Program



Each year Chicago's most promising leaders become Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows. 

The year-long Fellowship is the region’s premiere executive-level program, immersing participants in the major socioeconomic issues facing the greater Chicagoland area. The program is comprised of retreats, full-day seminars, site visits, discussion groups, conversations with leaders and experts, service projects, cultural events, and other activities. Our Fellows explore critical community challenges, examine themselves as leaders, and build transformational relationships of trust and collaboration.

The LGC Fellow Program experience is leadership development at its best for high-potential people in Chicagoland businesses, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government. It offers an unparalleled opportunity for in-depth learning about complex urban issues, and the partnerships, background information, and analytical skills needed to address them.

LGC Fellows represent the diversity of Chicago. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability.

Ideal candidates have demonstrated leadership qualities ability in their professional lives, have a history of volunteering and civic engagement, and possess the passion and drive needed to tackle major issues facing the Chicagoland region. Priority consideration is given to those ages 28-42.  All candidates are required to be nominated and supported by their sponsoring organization, and seconded by at least one additional nominator.

Leadership Greater Chicago's Fellows Program is an intensive, year-long commitment that requires significant investment from both the Fellow and his or her sponsoring organization. Acceptance into the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Program is contingent on a commitment to the following program requirements:

  • Attendance at the Opening Retreat (September), Mid-Year Dinner (January), and Closing Retreat (June);
  • Attendance at eight Friday Sessions (Usually the first Friday of the month, excluding holidays, October – May);
  • Attendance at no less than five of the seven Leadership Breakfasts (monthly, October – May);
  • Active participation in flexible/optional programming, including session planning committees, Discussion Groups, site visits, cultural events, and social activities;
  • A financial contribution from your sponsoring organization ($17,500 for private sponsors and large NFPs; amount scaled for smaller NFPs and government institutions); and
  •  An individual contribution of $1,500.