Signature Leadership Program

Since 1974, Leadership has educated program participants whose contributions through interactive exercises have helped shape community progress and development throughout St. Joseph County, Indiana.



The Signature Leadership program commences in early September with an orientation. Participants then experience team-building exercises while studying various leadership styles during a MANDATORY two-day retreat in September. The program continues with eight individual program days (one per month) leading up to graduation ceremonies in May.

Throughout the nine-month program, participants gain valuable exposure to community leaders, programs and service initiatives, while engaging in interactive assignments, which raise community awareness and action. This includes involvement in assigned task groups, which investigate long-term community goals, strategies and planning objectives.


Candidate Selection

Candidates must have the full support of the business or organization they represent. Candidates are selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership, commitment to community, civic involvement and leadership capacity. Approximately 40-45 candidates are selected from St. Joseph County representing a diverse cross section of the community, including business, education, nonprofit agencies and community organizations.



Regular tuition for the nine-month 2017-2018 program will be $2,095. Early bird tuition will be $1,995 if received by July 1. Tuition covers orientation, overnight retreat, program day materials, meals, transportation and guest speakers. We will begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 class in Spring 2017.

For additional information, contact Program Director, Pam Newman at 574.314.9090 ext: 302 or