Program Orientation


Upcoming Schedule

Leadership SD offers its class one-of-a-kind learning experiences that take place throughout the state. Over the course of eight months, you’ll go places most people never see and meet the people behind-the-scenes who make this state work. Every month, you will travel to a new area of South Dakota and gain valuable insight on topics specific to that region, while hearing from leaders and their challenges, opportunities and successes they have encountered on their journeys. These experiences allow you to get a better feel for the state and explore new leadership opportunities firsthand.

See our upcoming events for the current class year.

Program Orientation

September 2020

Program orientation and SD State Government behind the scenes. Learn how our state’s leadership works from the people who run it.

Pierre, SD
Sep 16 - 18

Health & Finance

October 2020

In Sioux Falls we’ll hear about the country’s largest rural health care systems and the financial industries as a hub for the entire United States.

Sioux Falls, SD
Oct 14 - 16

Rural South Dakota

January 2021

Visit Yankton, South Dakota. Learn more about our state’s secondary education and unique challenges facing smaller communities, including diversity and more.

Yankton, SD
Jan 13 - 15

South Dakota Tourism

February 2021

Dive into the incredible impact of South Dakota tourism, see the affect of our state’s military assistance, and explore natural resources available.

Rapid City, SD
Feb 10 - 12

State’s Insight

March 2021

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.

Brookings, SD
Mar 17 - 19


March 2021

Eight months of hard work pays off in Chamberlain. Time for program graduation!

Chamberlain, SD
Mar 26

Emerging Success Stories

April 2021

Better understand Native American history and culture on the state’s nine reservations by listening to the emerging success stories.

Mission, SD
Apr 21 - 23