LGC Fellows Program: A Leader's Program

The Fellows of Leadership Greater Chicago emerge as visionaries who see not only what is, but what can be.


The LGC Fellows Program is much more than a leadership development program. It’s an experiential program that brings together Chicago’s business, public and civic leaders and provides a safe place for them to explore new issues, institutions and perspectives.

At Leadership Greater Chicago, we understand that people can get more done together than they can apart. That’s why each year the LGC Fellows Program brings together a select group of Chicago’s leaders to explore key challenges facing the Chicago region. Each Fellow brings with them a unique perspective and expertise that, combined with others, paints a more complete picture of the issues facing our community and the world.

The 10-month Fellows Program examines complex issues up close, using a series of retreats, seminars and community visits to bring our Fellows face-to-face with the people directly affected by the toughest issues that impact the region.

Each month the Fellows focus on one challenge. Past topics have included:

  • Community Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Crime and Violence

The LGC Fellows Program is transformational. Those who participate in the program never view the world in quite the same way again.


For some that transformation is based largely on the experience of seeing the city’s most divisive issues play out on the ground. For others, it’s about expanding their knowledge base. What’s truly transformative, though, is what happens when you share these enlightening experiences with 30 others. In the end, it is seeing through their eyes that makes you see everything in a completely different way. 

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