Applicants must be able to commit to attendance at the orientation and both out-of-town retreats and at least 80% of the monthly class days (which is the equivalent to one missed class day). Failure to meet these requirements will jeopardize the class member’s graduation and alumni status. Time outside of the class days is necessary, including class day preparation, small group work and optional social time. Time outside of class can range from five to fifteen hours per month.
The SKL Series is one of several community leadership programs offered by Leadership Indianapolis. SKL is designed for individuals who are already on a path of being involved in the community in a leadership capacity and have developed personal leadership skills. If you’re interested in a shorter program that provides an overview of the community, consider our Opportunity Indianapolis program. If you are interested in a leadership skills development program, consider our LEAD program. Participation in Opportunity Indianapolis and/or LEAD is not a pre-requisite for the SKL Series.
Selection to the SKL Series is highly competitive; approximately one out of every 3-4 applicants are accepted, and it is not uncommon for individuals to apply two or three times before being selected to the program. Applications are reviewed in two rounds; the first round is a blind process, whereby all identifying information (name, employer, etc.) is removed from each application. A small number of applicants advance to the next round, at which point the Selection Committee selects class members, striving to create a class that reflects the community in terms of gender, racial, cultural and professional diversity. Usually only one representative of a company or organization is selected to participate in the class annually.
Scholarships are available to assist qualified applicants. Scholarships may cover full or partial tuition, depending on the needs of class members each year. Application for scholarships occurs at the time of application to the program.