Now in the 26th year with 700 + Alumni

Thank you for your interest in applying to Leadership Evanston XXVI.
Applications accepted until Mid August. Applicants are asked to consider these requirements before submitting an application.
Signature Leadership Evanston participants must
  • Have lived and/or worked in Evanston for at least one year.
  • Intend to remain in the Evanston area for at least five years.
  • Be able to attend all class sessions.  At most, participants may miss two sessions.
  • Be willing and able to spend four to six hours per month outside of class on a team project.
The program cost is $1,500. 
Financial assistance/scholarships are available. Once enrolled, $100 non-refundable deposit required.

Sessions for 2017-2018 Leadership Evanston will take place as follows:
Orientation:  Thursday, September 7, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Retreat: Thursday, September 14, 3 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 16,  8:30 am to 3 pm

Monthly Thursday Sessions        8:00 am to 4:30 pm
October 19, November 16, December 14, 2017
January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, 2018
Final session and Graduation:    June 7, 2018, 2 pm to 8:30 pm


* 1. Contact Information

Because we strive to ensure that the Leadership Evanston class reflects Evanston’s diversity, we ask you to specify your age, gender and race and/or ethnicity.

* 2. Years living and/or working in Evanston.

* 3. Race/Ethnicity (self identified)

* 5. Gender (self-identified)

* 6. Can you attend all the Leadership Evanston sessions (generally the third Thursday of every month) and the retreat?

* 7. Do you expect to be living and/or working in Evanston in five years?      

* 8. If you answered NO to either #6 or #7, please explain here.

* 9. Name the volunteer or civic organizations in which you have been involved in Evanston or elsewhere, including city, educational, neighborhood, business, union, and professional organizations.  Identify positions you have held and approximate dates.

* 10. Describe your most significant accomplishment in any of these volunteer activities. 

* 11. Describe its importance to the community and its importance to you.

* 12. Describe your current career, work or most recent responsibilities.

* 13. What are your qualities that will be most helpful to the community?

* 14. What skills would you like to further develop to become an effective community leader and a more engaged citizen?

* 15. What do you feel and think are the three most important issues facing Evanston? What do you feel needs to be done about one of these issues and by whom?

* 16. What do you hope to gain from your Leadership Evanston experience? After you complete this program, how do you envision you will use your leadership skills and experience in the community?

Once you send in your application, you will be contacted for a small group, one-hour interview to review expectations, understand program details, and answer any questions you might have.

Thank you for your interest.

Leadership Evanston appreciates your commitment to our community.

Jennifer G. Moran
Director, Leadership Evanston
Evanston Community Foundation