Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) was established as a nonprofit organization in 1983 when a group of distinguished, civic-minded individuals came together at the invitation of The Chicago Community Trust (CCT) to create a leadership development program to serve the Greater Chicago region. This collaboration, under the guidance of CCT Executive Director Bruce Newman, founding LGC Executive Director Dr. Marvin R. Cohen, and many others, formed the beginnings of LGC.
The Fellows program launched in 1985 to help educate diverse groups of civically engaged leaders about issues facing the region, facilitate connections between these leaders, and inspire them to make a deep personal commitment to civic engagement, and effecting positive change in the community.
To date, LGC boasts a distinguished roster of nearly 1,100 Fellows who continue to lead across industries and sectors in Chicago and beyond. In the last five years alone, LGC has supported building leadership capacity for more than 70 organizations whose leaders would not have otherwise been able to benefit from the LGC Fellows Experience. Over the last 30 plus years, we estimate that LGC has invested over $5M in building leadership capacity for the Greater Chicago region. Our leaders are the change-makers of the future.