One Year That Can Change Your Life
Each year, 35 of Chicago's most promising leaders become Fellows of Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC). They participate in an intensive ten-month program to study key challenges facing the Chicago region.
The Fellowship year is leadership development at its best for high-potential people in greater Chicago's companies, nonprofit organizations and government. It offers an unparalleled opportunity for in-depth learning about complex urban issues, and the partnerships and analytical skills needed to address them. Fellows make lifelong connections with diverse leaders — connections that help them advance professionally and in civic affairs.
Each month the Fellows examine one challenge facing the Chicago region including:
- Community Awareness
- Global Chicago
- Race and Ethnic Relations
- Crime and Violence
- Philanthropy and Volunteerism
The Fellows Program brings together diverse men and women with multiple perspectives, and builds relationships based on trust and understanding.
Since 1985, LGC has competitively selected more that 850 men and women of many races and ethnicities from throughout greater Chicago. They include, among others, corporate executives, government officials, entrepreneurs, school principals, doctors, lawyers, clergy, community organizers and directors of nonprofit organizations.
Fellows connect not only with each other but also with the over 75 civic leaders they meet during their Fellows year.
Fellows do more than learn about the region's challenges—they become part of a network of leaders from throughout greater Chicago who are working for change. At the end of the Fellowship year, they join the Leadership Fellows Association—now with over 850 members—and have access to continuing educational and networking opportunities to help them advance their civic goals.
LGC Fellows are in leadership positions in hundreds of civic organizations and cultural institutions throughout greater Chicago.