The Mission of the Indiana Leadership Forum
The Indiana Leadership Forum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating Indiana's most talented business and community leaders about government, politics and policy to prepare them for greater civic involvement and leadership roles in their communities.

ILF History
In 1993, the Indiana Leadership Program was founded by businessman Al Hubbard, political activist Roger Schmelzer and community leader Joe Hale to prepare qualified individuals for civil service and to generate a greater understanding of the political process.

Today, in its second decade of operation, the Indiana Leadership Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preparing Indiana's most talented free enterprise, limited government minded community and business leaders for greater civic involvement, public service, or leadership roles throughout the state.

To date, nearly 500 Hoosiers have graduated from the ILF program and many are actively engaged in various leadership positions across the state. They are teachers, doctors, attorneys and business professionals: men and women with a desire to become more involved in improving their communities.

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ILF Program
The Indiana Leadership Forum is a seminar series focused largely on government and political leadership. Classes meet once a month from November to June. All classes, excluding the trip to Washington, D.C., are held in the Indianapolis area. Participants have the opportunity to meet and interact with elected officials, business and community leaders.

Course topics include:
• Political Theory & Public Policy
• State Government & Legislative Issues
• Grassroots Organization
• Federal Government & National Politics
• Campaign School
• Message & Media Training
• Leadership Development

Networking opportunities exist for alumni and program supporters at events throughout the year, including our Annual Luncheon in August and our Holiday Toy Drive Reception in December.

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ILF Alumni

Since 1993, nearly 500 Hoosiers have graduated from the Indiana Leadership Forum and many have served Indiana in a variety of important leadership positions, including:

• United States Member of Congress
• State Senators
• State Representatives
• County Prosecutors
• County Commissioners
• Elected Judges
• Indiana Secretary of Commerce
• Commissioner, Workforce Development
• Indiana Election Commission
• Indiana Transportation Finance Authority
• General Counsel to the Office of the Governor
• Indiana Senate Chief of Staff
• County, City, and Town Council Members
• Staff Members of Federal, State, and Local government offices
• Members of State and Local Boards and Commissions
• State, County, and Local Political Party Office Holders
• Various leadership positions in Indiana business and philanthropic organizations

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How to Participate

Selection Criteria: Successful applicants will have a track record of leadership skills, self-motivation, professional achievement, and exemplary character. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate a strong potential for future success, a willingness to be more actively engaged in the community, and the ability to utilize the Indiana Leadership Forum education in order to increase his/her level of civic engagement.

Method of Selection: A Selection Committee comprised of four (4) Indiana Leadership Forum graduates, an Executive Board Member, and the program director will evaluate the application files based on the selection criteria. Qualified candidates should plan to be available to participate in a personal interview with the Selection Committee in September. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 10th.

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Our Annual Sponsors
We would like to thank and recognize our sponsors who make the program possible and help us achieve our goals.

Please click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities with the Indiana Leadership Forum.
"This forum brought together persons from diverse backgrounds who are interested in improving Indiana but did not have the knowledge to do so. We do now."
- Sebastian Smelko, Attorney (Class of 2009)

Make A Donation
The Indiana Leadership Forum's tuition is supplemented by generous contributions from businesses, individuals, and community groups in order to fund operating costs and subsidize the annual class trip to Washington, D.C.

    Contact Details
    Indiana Leadership Forum
    P.O. Box 3021
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46206

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