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 2024 class year.

Program Orientation

September 2023

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 13 - 15
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Ag & Manufacturing

October 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.

Brookings, SD
Oct 18 - 20
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South Dakota Tourism

November 2023

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 15 - 17
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Rural South Dakota

January 2024

Visit a Hutterite Colony and a rural community while learning about cybersecurity at Dakota State University.

Madison, SD
Jan 10 - 12
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Emerging Success Stories

February 2024

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

Mission, SD
Feb 07 - 09
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Health & Finance

March 2024

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 06 - 08
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March 2024

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

Chamberlain, SD
Mar 22
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