Qualities of Leadership

October 28 | 7:30-9:30am Rockford University’s Puri School of Business – Room 122 This session explores leadership strengths and challenges as well as leadership capabilities. Adventure into leadership styles, “followship,” the roles of communication and trust in the leadership equation and ethical leadership behavior. Speaker: Jeff Fahrenwald, Rockford University Jeff Fahrenwald is currently an Assistant … Continue reading Qualities of Leadership

Group Trip

There are many important aspects of Leadership Rockford – one of which is to develop relationships with your fellow participants. Spend time with your fellow classmates on this optional trip to Chicago (As a note, this trip replaces our end of the year trip to Springfield). RSVPs are required by October 13. Schedule: October 28 … Continue reading Group Trip


Rockford Public Schools Administration Building 501 7th Street, Rockford | 3rd Floor | 7:30-10:30am Education is the foundation for success in our community, and therefore, one of the first sessions of our program.  Area educators will discuss the role education plays in our community, our quality of life, our ability to attract employers and what … Continue reading Education

Economic Development

December 9 | 7:30-10:30am University Club | 945 North Main Street  |  Rockford, Illinois 61103 This session highlights various local entities working on Economic Development in the Rockford region.  Participants can expect to walk away with a greater understanding of the powerful impact economic development has on various aspects of our community, a closer look at … Continue reading Economic Development

Crime & Safety

November 18 | 7:30-10:30am | Tour to follow Winnebago County Justice Center 650 W. State Street | Rockford Please note: You will need to go through a metal detector to enter the building. Please leave any and all weapons or weapon-like objects at home. Please also have a valid ID with you. The tour following … Continue reading Crime & Safety

Downtown Development

UW Health Sports Factory 305 South Madison Street | 7:30-10:30am Optional Tour to Follow Please note: We will be taking our class picture at 7:35am during this session. Standard business attire. Healthy downtowns point to healthy communities. There’s a lot happening in Downtown Rockford these days, but that hasn’t always been so.  Today, we are … Continue reading Downtown Development


February 10 | 7:30-10:30am Rockford Toolcraft | 766 Research Parkway | Rockford, IL 61109 Tour to follow It can be said that manufacturing is the backbone of our country but, even more so, of our region. Our history is rich with innovation. As a community, we are makers – we create things. From parts on … Continue reading Manufacturing


January 27, 2017 Wesley Willows | Town Center Auditorium 4141 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford | 7:30-10:30am Tour to follow Hopefully you earned your VOTE sticker last year! During this session, we’re talking politics – local government. Local government is really where the rubber meets the road in our community. Being an engaged and knowledgeable citizens … Continue reading Government

Workplace Culture

March 24 | 7:30-10:30 | Tour to Follow FIELD  – 9883 N Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115 When done well, workplace culture doesn’t just happen overnight – it’s strategically, thoughtfully and deliberately crafted to meet the needs of the organization as well as the employees. Talent attraction and retention can have a huge effect on … Continue reading Workplace Culture