Message from the CEO
Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is the region’s premier convener, connector, and mobilizer of bold leaders to effect transformative civic impact across Greater Chicago.
Since 1983, we are proud to have developed more than 1,000 individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their careers through our Signature Fellows Program. This intensive 10-month program provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to civic engagement.
LGC is the only organization in the region that dares to bring together high-performing individuals of many races and ethnicities from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to tackle the area’s most pressing issues. This proven formula has generated decades of rich conversation, created lifelong relationships, and developed thought leaders, that combined have shaped the civic landscape of our region. This can only be achieved when all three sectors are at the table.
These leaders tackle issues that seem insurmountable – economic development, education, our city’s fiscal crisis and criminal justice – all in an effort to create positive change.
And that’s why organizations from City Hall to the leading institutions that shape the fabric of Chicago continue to commit to developing the next generations of civic leaders to serve beyond their organizational walls; employees give back with their talent to transform our region and make Chicago a better place for all.
The success of LGC belongs to many who care for this region, like YOU! We appreciate the support of employers, sponsors and nominators for our ongoing success, and the generous investment in civic leadership development. Further, we look forward to your partnership as we embark on the next chapter of LGC.
We estimate LGC has invested more than $5 million in 33 years to build capacity in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Our commitment to making a significant impact on Chicago and beyond has never been greater, or needed more. We invite you to convene, connect, and mobilize with us to benefit both our city and our citizens.
Chief Executive Officer
Mission and Values
Leadership Greater Chicago creates lifelong partnerships and develops community awareness among leaders in the Greater Chicago region by:
• Building relationships characterized by respect, trust, and understanding among leaders who represent the diversity of Greater Chicago in terms of race and ethnicity, gender, occupations, and the many communities of the area.
• Familiarizing these leaders with the multiple perspectives on Greater Chicago's challenges, opportunities, and resources.
• Actively encouraging and enabling these leaders to be involved in the Greater Chicago region throughout their lives.