What is Leadership South Dakota?

Leadership South Dakota is a challenging and interactive professional development program designed to address three key objectives for each participant.  Each participant will gain:

Experiences that will expand their knowledge of our state. These unique experiences will include tours and visits to organizations, businesses and industries that are instrumental to South Dakota.

Access to extraordinary people who have contributed to the fabric of our state. These people are local and state leaders who have had a positive impact on South Dakota.

Network with fellow class members which will expand an understanding and appreciation for the state of South Dakota.

Leadership South Dakota: Our Mission

The future success of South Dakota depends on our development of homegrown leaders; passionate and diverse citizens from every corner of the state. Leadership South Dakota’s mission is to attract engaged citizens from across the state, then provide them with the background, unique experiences and insights necessary to assume leadership positions at the community, state and national levels.

The next generation of leaders for South Dakota starts here.

Who has attended the program?

To date, over 120 leaders from all across the state have enrolled in the program. Leadership South Dakota graduates are serving in important leadership roles in their organizations, communities, and our state. Our graduates are making communities better by using the skills and connections they have gained through the Leadership South Dakota program.

How do I apply?

The competitive application process opens on February 1st and ends on March 31st. You can apply online by visiting our website at www.leadershipsouthdakota.com. Please call 605-271-7756 or email leadershipsd@gmail.com with questions. 

What are the costs?

There is a non-refundable application fee of $50. If you are accepted to the program, tuition is $3000 for the year; this includes attendance in the class, all program materials, a Leadership SD shirt, and all meals and transportation during the program sessions.  Participants are responsible for all lodging and travel expenses. Leadership South Dakota arranges for a discounted block of rooms in each city. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available based on need identified by completing a Tuition Assistance Request Form.