How We LEAD GREAT Together

Better Leaders. Better Chicago.

Our impact and our reach are growing as we continue to develop transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo. In our mind, it’s simple. Better leaders. Better Chicago. Our Fellows are effective leaders because they engage people with diverse perspectives and experiences. This has been LGC’s approach from the beginning, and one we remain committed to moving forward.


Our Mission is to effect transformative civic impact.

Leadership Greater Chicago is a premiere civic leadership development program with a proud legacy of convening, connecting and mobilizing the region’s most promising leaders around key socioeconomic issues through dynamic educational and experiential activities. LGC’s Signature Fellows Program provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to civic engagement by educating members about issues facing the Chicago region and challenging them to bring about transformative change in the community. LGC creates strong connectivity among our Fellows to positively impact not only themselves but their employees, constituents, clients, neighbors and families. This connectivity is the backbone and strength of the LGC network, enabling leaders to reach out across sectors based on the common goal of changing our region for the better.

Civic Engagement Model

Convene. Connect. Mobilize.

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is the only organization in the region that dares to bring together high-performing individuals 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.

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For 27 years, Crain's Chicago Business's 40 Under 40 list has tapped business and government leaders who've made an impact before their 40th birthday - a prescient list that has predicted the path of the future Fortune 500 CEOs, serial entrepreneurs and big-time politicos. Join us to hear six entrepreneurs share how they plan to win big before 2020.
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Join us as we sponsor award-winning journalist Brooke Gladstone at the Chicago Humanities Festival. Gladstone will dissect how people are subjective and prey to stereotypes, which makes our reality more vulnerable.
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Chicago has one of the largest tech labor markets in the country. We invite you to join members of the Class of 2018 for a conversation with CEO of MATTER Steven Collens (Fellow since 2015), Founder of Sittercity.com Genevieve Thiers, and Energy Solutions Lead at Uptake Sonny Garg (Fellow since 2005). They will share their perspectives on how technology and innovation are impacting our many industries, shaping tomorrow’s workforce, and driving our diverse economy. Moderated by Derek Lindblom (Fellow since 2016), Vice President & Chief of Staff, 7wire Ventures.
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Mark your calendars! Join us at the stunning Museum of Contemporary Art for an evening of conversation and connections with Fellows from all classes.
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The Fellow Program creates lifelong partnerships and develops community awareness among leaders in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Leadership Greater Chicago
111 East Wacker Drive
Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-0300

About Us

Leadership Greater Chicago is the region’s premier convener, connector and mobilizer of bold leaders, building capacity across the private, nonprofit and public sectors to affect transformative civic impact in Greater Chicago.