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We are currently accepting applications for the class of 2023. Applications can be submitted HERE!

Led by the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Carbondale is a program formed to build strong leaders and prepare them for leadership roles in the community. Participants will gather valuable knowledge and resources through a training curriculum designed to teach how to be better leaders, network with other leaders and professionals, and learn more about the community of Carbondale.



  • To create alignment with the purpose of evoking positive actions from others and encourage the ongoing development of your capacities
  • To provide a deeper understanding of the Carbondale Community, and to learn from Leadership Carbondale Alumni
  • To thoroughly understand the seven capacities of Positive Leadership:
    1. Authenticity
    2. Purpose
    3. Advocacy
    4. Resilience
    5. Community Building
    6. Reason
    7. Gratitude


This class meets one full day per month, typically the last Friday of the month for an eight-month period beginning in April.

The cost of the class is $500, some scholarships may be available. Material fees may still apply for scholarship recipients.


Congratulations to the Class of 2022:

Paul Edwards, Patrol Commander, Carbondale Police Department

Tara Gaugh, Recruitment Manager, Southern Illinois Healthcare

Halston Lewis, Teen Coordinator, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois

Carly Holtkamp, Assistant Director, Programs, SIU Student Center

Michael Lewallen, Commercial Officer, Banterra Bank

Michael Cannell, Attorney,  Reed, Heller & Cannell Attorneys At Law

Mikaela Milligan, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois

Jocelyn Popit, Director, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

Jennifer Robertson, Adult Program Librarian, Carbondale Public Library

Emily Spann, Manager of Workforce Education, John A Logan College

Aaron VanVooren, Assistant Sales Manager, Auffenberg of Carbondale