Now Accepting Applications
Through April 3
Leadership South Dakota is looking for a diverse range of motivated, driven individuals who are committed to a better South Dakota. Sound like you?
Mission & Vision Statement
Leadership South Dakota inspires leaders for a stronger South Dakota by connecting leaders who will invest in themselves, engage communities and elevate South Dakota.
Benefits of Leadership South Dakota
Our program builds leadership, critical thinking and public speaking skills through instruction and experiences you won’t get anywhere else. Learn how Leadership South Dakota provides class members with the knowledge and skills that prepare you to become the next generation of leaders in the state.
Get the training and insights to lead at any level while networking with other rising professionals.Learn More
Increase your company’s community visibility, and expand your employee’s leadership skills.Learn More
Develop positive, educated community leaders and increase cultural awareness of local issues.Learn More
Ready to see South Dakota in a whole new light? Hear how class graduates benefited from their experiences and saw sides of our state they never thought existed.
Take a look at the upcoming schedule for the current Leadership South Dakota class. We have several unique events planned across the entire state.
Program OrientationSeptember 2023
Program orientation and SD State Government behind the scenes. Learn how our state’s leadership works from the people who run it.
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Ag & ManufacturingOctober 2023
Home to SD’s land grant university. Gain valuable insight into our state’s #1 industry, agriculture, as well as the all-important topic of education.
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South Dakota TourismNovember 2023
Dive into the incredible impact of South Dakota tourism, see the affect of our state’s military assistance, and explore natural resources available.
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Everyone benefits from our program, from the participants to the CEOs who hire them. Hear what these people have to say about Leadership South Dakota.See All Testimonials
“Leadership SD has provided me with the opportunity to not only develop a cohort of friends of up-and-coming leaders throughout the state, but also has opened my eyes to the wealth of opportunity available in all industries in our state.”
Dr. Pam Lange
Director of Development and Grant Management
“I came into the program looking forward to the professional development aspects, and while those have been excellent, the opportunities made available to me as a leader to network, diagnose real SD problems and create solutions with my peers is what I carry back to my office, and team, after each and every session.”
Food & Families Program Director
“From the foothills of Crazy Horse Monument to the factory floors of Brookings’ premier manufacturers, and everywhere in between, Leadership SD provides unprecedented access to some of our state’s greatest resources: past, present, and future.”
Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc
"Leadership South Dakota promises to provide its participants with the opportunity to see places that few people have seen, meet people that most people want to meet and learn skills that will help them lead in the future. First Premier Bank is a proud sponsor of this program."
First PREMIER Bank
"The Bush Foundation is delighted to support Leadership South Dakota. The future of the state rests in the hands of its people. We believe that getting more people better equipped and better networked to lead change is one of the most critical strategies for ensuring our region’s strength and prosperity."
Jen Ford Reedy
“Leadership South Dakota will be an opportunity for emerging leaders to learn how South Dakotans have overcome challenges in the past and see first hand the hurdles we face today... We also hope they will emerge from the seven sessions with a deeper desire to use their talents and resources to find innovative solutions to challenges within our borders.”
South Dakota Community Foundation
"Sanford Health is excited to support the Leadership South Dakota Program. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to invest in our communities and state than to assist in building the “bench” of future leadership. Leadership South Dakota will provide that opportunity to individuals across our state who aspire to make a difference and I look forward to being part of this important effort. "
Executive Chief of Staff & V.P. Public Affairs
Leadership SD SponsorsSee All
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