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 2023 class year.

Program Orientation

September 2022

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 21 - 23

Ag & Manufacturing

October 2022

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
Oct 19 - 21

South Dakota Tourism

November 2022

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
Nov 16 - 18


December 2022

Each class member will participate in a 1:1 coaching call with Rick Melmer, focusing on DISC, current leadership roles and feedback on the program.

Dec 01

Rural South Dakota

January 2023

Visit Huron, SD. Learn about our state’s secondary education and unique challenges facing smaller communities, diversity and more.

Huron, SD
Jan 11 - 13

Emerging Success Stories

February 2023

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

Mission, SD
Feb 08 - 10

Health & Finance

March 2023

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
Mar 08 - 10


March 2023

Eight months of learning, growing and hard work pays off. Time for Leadership South Dakota program graduation in Chamberlain!

Chamberlain, SD
Mar 24