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Leadership Evanston
Signature Program 

We develop knowledgeable community stewards who are willing to roll up their sleeves to get things done for Evanston.

Founded by the Evanston Community Foundation in 1992, more than seven hundred individuals who live or work in Evanston have graduated from Leadership Evanston Signature — and 80% of them are still here, participating in our community's life. Meet the recent graduates, and watch the video below to hear from some of Leadership Evanston's graduates.

LE XXVI underway

The Signature program is a ten-month experiential program from September 2017 through June 2018. During full-day sessions each month, participants use Evanston as a learning laboratory to absorb and practice leadership skills. During class sessions, participants meet and work with over 75 Evanston leaders, from elected officials to grassroots organizers. In addition to class sessions, participants have some reading and experiential homework. 

The Signature program has three areas of focus to help participants grow as local leaders:

•Training in community leadership skills, including creative problem solving, conflict resolution, public policy analysis, effective advocacy, and visioning.

•Broadening participants understanding of Evanston and its assets and challenges.

•Building a network of concerned citizens to strengthen the community.

left-hand-drawing-retreat2017.pngWhat does this drawing signify for the Leadership Evanston class orientation held in September? View the photo gallery highlights from the 2017-2018 class to find out more.

Leadership Evanston participants include staff of local companies and institutions, educators, clergy, small business owners, and volunteers involved in non-profits, schools, sports organizations and faith communities (partial list of the representative organizations). Each year, we recruit a diverse group of 30 participants who live and/or work in Evanston, have displayed the capacity for community leadership, and are motivated to take increased responsibility for Evanston’s future.

Interested in next year's class? Contact Jennifer Moran, Director of Leadership Evanston.

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future leaders working together making Evanston a more vibrant, inclusive, and just community.Your gift to the Leadership Fund today ensures this remarkable program will develop future leaders for the next 25 years. GIVE NOW to the Leadership Fund.