Our Signature Program is our flagship program, founded in 1986, designed for established professionals in preparation for progressive leadership positions within an organization, service on non-profit boards, and as community leaders.

Program days are dynamic and allow participants to directly engage with existing and emerging leadership within Lake County and regional organizations.  Topics include major issues facing Lake County and the surrounding areas, and range from local government, business and labor to quality of life.  Professional development workshops are built into program days to further enhance deep learning and equip participants with readily applicable skills and techniques to build workplace excellence.

Our Signature Program is an employer-supported professional development program. The program is funded by tuition and corporate sponsors.


Acceptance criteria:

  • Reside or work in Lake County
  • Exhibit a genuine concern for the future of the county
  • Amenable to the time commitment


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 The Class of 2021 will be the 35th Signature Class!


In order to accomplish the program’s stated objectives, total attendance and full participation of each individual selected is necessary.

Participation includes:
Mandatory attendance

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 4:30-5:30 followed by reception with Trustees and Alumni

Opening Retreat
September 16 - 18, 2020, Wednesday Noon through Friday Noon
Punderson State Park
Overnight stay and full attendance is mandatory. Optional networking activities will be available Friday immediately following retreat.

Midyear and Closing Retreats – Full day sessions (no overnight) – Attendance is mandatory
Midyear Retreat – Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Closing Retreat and Graduation – Wednesday, June 2, 2021

One Full Day Each Month October through June – Second Wednesday of each Month
Attendance is required; a minimum of 80% attendance at these monthly sessions is required for graduation.

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (3rd Wednesday due to Veterans Day 11/11)
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020- virtual session
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 (2 dates in April)
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2021