Alumni Overview

Alumni Overview

Alumni Membership Benefits

Your Leadership South Dakota experience doesn’t have to end with the last class session. Stay connected with community events and learning opportunities as an alum.

Alumni Portal

As a dues-paying member, you can stay connected with Leadership SD alumni through an exclusive portal. This includes contact info, blogs, polls, a newsfeed and calendar with invitations to special events specifically for alums.


Alumni Share

An opportunity to invite fellow alumni to hear about a project, passion or challenge relevant to Leadership SD – offered via webinar or in person.



Annual Alumni Event

Our alumni events include a variety of activities (i.e. site visits, a golf outing, service activity, skill-building session) and include a reception, dinner and keynote speaker. Discount for dues paying members and their guests.


Leadership Book Read

Gather with local groups or via virtual platforms for discussion and takeaways. Planned twice a year, facilitated by Rick Melmer or an alumnus.



Leadership Enhancement

A professional development opportunity held 3-4 times during the year – led by Rick Melmer – offering activities, speakers and discussion. Events will be held at lunch or dinner providing a chance for networking. Dues-paying Alumni members may attend as many as desired.


A time to meet in Pierre, view the legislative process in session and reconnect with alumni. Held once a year during the legislative session.




Attend special reception events offered as part of current class sessions to increase professional connections and partnerships.

South Dakota Heroes

Hear from notable South Dakotans via a virtual platform. Planned 2-3 times a year. Approximately 60 minutes per session.

Five Year Survey Results

Leadership South Dakota conducted a survey of Leadership South Dakota program alumni in September-October 2019. The survey was distributed to those individuals who participated in the program over the years 2014-2015. Findings from this survey are available in an Executive Summary below

2019 Leadership SD Alumni Survey Exec Summary

Alumni Master’s Program

We’re excited to announce that a brand-new program is being offered to Leadership South Dakota alumni.

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