Leadership Siouxland is the community leadership development program for the tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Its purpose is to develop diverse, passionate leaders by providing unique leadership skills training, a venue for networking, and access for community-minded individuals to find their passion and get involved in the community.

Leadership Siouxland’s program helps students diversify their networks, gain recognition as emerging leaders, stay connected and take part in future growth of the community. By motivating participants to a higher level of community awareness and involvement, Leadership Siouxland helps ensure that the Siouxland area has strong leadership for the future.

Learn how to become a catalyst for Siouxland’s growth… for Siouxland’s development… for Siouxland’s future!

About Us


Leadership Siouxland was formed in 1984 when a group of individuals in Sioux City recognized the need to create a forum for like-minded individuals to help them learn the skills needed to be leaders, and to be a catalyst for positive community change. The purpose of Leadership Siouxland is to identify and train outstanding individuals representing diverse views and experiences to assume leadership roles in economic, cultural, philanthropic and civic development for the tri-state area. It is a highly structured, nine-month program (September-May) with graduation following completion of the program.

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March 16, 2023

Acceptation Applications for the 2023 – 2024 Class

Recruitment is underway for the next session of Leadership Siouxland. Interested individuals or businesses interesting in sponsoring an employee should contact the Executive Director at 712-898-8594 or exdir@leadershipsiouxland.org.

Seven Questions with Leadership Siouxland’s Peggy Smith

Article by Ty Rushing, SIOUX CITY JOURNAL Aug. 27, 2017 — Peggy Smith has come full circle when it comes to her involvement with Leadership Siouxland. In 1993, Smith graduated from the program that’s dedicated to helping shape the tri-state area’s leaders of tomorrow. She also served a few terms on its board of directors. …

Executive Director

Peggy Smith has been selected as the new Executive Director of Leadership Siouxland, effective June 1, 2017. Peggy is a graduate of the program and a former board member, and is also employed in human resources as a senior manager at Wells Enterprises, Inc. She has extensive experience in administration, training and management. Prior to …


Q. What is Leadership Siouxland?

A. Leadership Siouxland is a leadership training program. The goals of the program are to motivate individuals to develop a sense of community trusteeship, to encourage participants to assume leadership roles in community affairs, to develop participant awareness of the Siouxland community, to provide opportunities for communication between emerging and established leadership, and to explore various aspects of leadership. Leadership Siouxland educates, challenges and inspires its participants to bring out their inherent quality to “point the way.” The ultimate goal is to instill passion in our current and emerging leaders while fostering a high level of civic engagement.

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If selected to participate in Leadership Siouxland, you and/or your company or sponsoring agency/organization, agree to pay the $675 nonrefundable tuition. (If you choose to pay via PayPal transaction fees of $25 is additional.) The fee is due within 30 days of your acceptance into the program. Payment at orientation is strongly preferred. Other arrangements may be made if necessary due to budgeting constraints but must be made with the Board Treasurer in advance of Orientation.

A limited number of scholarships are available to class participants with demonstrated need. For additional information concerning scholarships, contact Leadership Siouxland by email (exdir@leadershipsiouxland.org) or call (712) 898-8594.

Sessions are generally held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month from October through May. Attendance at the day-long Orientation Retreat in September is required. This session is typically the last Thursday in September from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The April session may be a day session to accommodate a refueling flight with the SC ANG 185th.

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