Leadership Sturgis

Hone your leadership skills, set goals, network, and learn how to become the best community member you can be. The 2020 application period is now OPEN!

Leadership Sturgis

About Leadership Sturgis

Leadership Sturgis is a 4-part educational series open to anyone and everyone interested in making a difference in the community. The program welcomes students from all industries and backgrounds.

Students network with community leaders, including municipal and county representatives and district legislators. They also have the opportunity to meet local business owners and tour facilities within the community. Finally, each student will develop a project during the course of the series that incorporates lessons learned from local leaders and the personal development skills practiced during those four weeks. 

The goal of Leadership Sturgis is to cultivate a new generation of thinkers and doers in the Sturgis area each year. It empowers participants to ask critical questions and collaborate, and also to create positive change in their lives, at their places of work, and in the Sturgis community. Up to 20 students are accepted into the program each year, and a graduation ceremony is held at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet to celebrate each new generation of leaders in Sturgis. 

2020 Registration Now Open!

Program Overview  

The 2020 Leadership Sturgis Series takes place weekly on Tuesdays starting September 29th and ending October 20th. Participants will meet at 1:00pm and are dismissed at 5:00pm each Tuesday. This series is open to the public - anyone from any industry or background may apply!

Session Topics

Each session will include a variety of speakers on topics essential to a growing leader in the community - you'll meet and learn from local community leaders, government officials, nonprofits, and private business representatives. You will also have the opportunity to tour several important community facilities, take professional headshots with a photographer, and work on a personal/professional development project. The following topics and more are included in the 2020 curriculum:

  • City Government 101 & City Facilities Tour
  • Professional Headshots
  • Media/Marketing Industry Q&A and Presentations
  • KBHB Radio Studio Tour
  • "Healthcare in a Time of Crisis" discussion with Monument Health
  • Nonprofit Panel Discussion with Nonprofit Sector Leaders
  • Economic Development & Industrial Park Tour
  • "To Live, To Love, To Learn" Personal Growth Workshop with Nsight Partners
  • "To Leave a Legacy" Professional Goals Workshop with Nsight Partners
  • Team Community Involvement Activities

Program Purpose

The purpose of Leadership Sturgis is to develop a new class of leaders that will work towards positive change in our community. This is a chance to make valuable connections, meet other like-minded aspiring leaders, and learn about key components of the Sturgis community.

Graduation Information

Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program - participants must attend all four sessions to graduate with a certificate.

How to Register

Registration is available at the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce (2040 Junction Avenue) or on Eventbrite. Tickets are $100 per participant. Please complete and submit a registration form with payment in person or send to events@sturgisareachamber.com. Registration is due no later than 5pm on September 22nd.


$100 includes all four sessions! *Limited Space Available*

Deadline to Register

September 22nd

Download 2020 Leadership Sturgis Application

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Register Online on Eventbrite