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Leadership Rockford


Leadership Rockford Class
(photo by Brian Thomas Photography)

Thanks to
PNC Bank
2015/16 Leadership Rockford Sponsor


To enhance awareness of business, government and civic issues and opportunities through an interactive process and motivate direct involvement in business and community leadership.


  • Access to key leaders and decision makers in the Rockford area
  • An exclusive introduction to the people and places that make up the very core of our community
  • Dynamic and significant interaction with emerging leaders as well as those firmly established in positions of influence in our region and state
  • Encouragement and motivation for direct involvement in business and community leadership

These are all integral components of the Leadership Rockford Program (formerly known as CAP), an eight-month program of panel and group discussions, business and community tours, networking, and teamwork.


Class members meet two or three times a month, typically on Friday from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. with occasional Thursday afternoon sessions. A one all-day trip to Springfield, Illinois and a Leadership retreat, make up the balance of the program. Each session is designed to give the participant a new and exciting insight into the people and places that make up the very core of the community. A high level of interaction is vital to each session.

The curriculum is reviewed annually by a committee of program alumni and staff to ensure that each aspect of the program is relevant, valuable and inspirational.

Emerging leaders are selected to participate in the Leadership Rockford Program. Whether new to the community, newly promoted within their place of business, or just eager to become more involved in the Rockford area, participants have already displayed a level of leadership. Members of the class represent a wide range of backgrounds: business, government, professions, social services, arts, and many others. The diversity of the class forms a dynamic cross-section of varying personal and professional viewpoints and perspectives.

Classes begin in early October with a day-long retreat. The program requires a serious commitment from both participants and their employers or sponsors. In order to graduate from the program, a participant must attend 80 percent of the class sessions.


Tuition for this intensive eight-month program is $1,050. Tuition covers all expenses for meetings and materials. The only additional fees assessed will be for optional social events.

Have questions or need a nomination form?

Contact Caitlin Ludwig, Vice President, Leadership Development
at 815-316-4337 or email

Download and fill out a Scholarship Application (PDF format)

Download and fill out a Nomination form (PDF format)

For sponsorship information, please contact Lynette Jacques at 815-316-4317 or

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