The Flagship Program

Thank you for your interest in the Leadership Greater Syracuse flagship program! For 33 years we have been inspiring people to make a difference in the community. The knowledge and the connections fostered through our year-long experience will last you a lifetime.

If you believe in our community and want to do your part to make it even better, you are qualified to be in LGS!

If you are an individual/employer who wants to take an active role and become part of a network of engaged community leaders, then the LGS flagship program is for you. Whether you are new in your career, looking to advance your career, want to give back to the community, or looking to do something in retirement, you will be inspired by the LGS experience.

This program will immerse you in the challenges and the achievements of our community and will provide you with a unique experiential way to build your leadership skills.

The lifelong skills acquired can be applied at work, at home, and in the community. Participants enhance their own leadership style and become aware of the leadership styles of others. Graduates of the program are far more valuable to their companies and to the organizations for which they volunteer. They become better listeners, better collaborators, and better communicators. LGSers have the knowledge and the courage to lead change.

By completing the application for our year-long experience, you are taking a giant step toward learning more about how to get involved in the community WHILE building your personal and professional skills.

Final candidates are selected through an inclusive process that creates a class reflective of the CNY community. This includes: gender, age, race/ethnicity, physical ability, profession, business sector, and community involvement.

The application takes 20-30 minutes to complete, and you will have the opportunity to save and return to the application. As part of the process, you will need to include the email of your supervisor so that LGS can be assured that they are aware of the time commitment and cost, should you be accepted.

As a part of this application process, candidates will be asked to pay a $45 application fee. Applications for 2025 are now open!

All applicants will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute interview.

Time Commitment

LGS participation requires a time commitment of a two-day retreat in February followed by 9 monthly, full-day classes (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., typically the second Thursday of the month). The class day schedule is provided at the interview.  Each class member will also help plan two class days during the year which requires additional meeting time. These meeting times will be set based on team member schedules. There are no overnight or weekend requirements. Total time commitment for the year is approximately 120 hours.

If a participant misses more than 16 hours of class time, they will be excused from the program.


If selected, nonrefundable tuition of $4,375, is due December 31, 2024. Payment plans are available – please indicate this on the application. Limited and partial tuition assistance is available.

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Thank you for your interest. We can’t wait to meet you!