Decatur Leadership Institute (DLI) 2023- Open Registration

June 5, 2023 - July 8, 2023
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Registration Closed

Event Location

Applications are available and returned to the Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce.
DLI sessions occur a various locations throughout Decatur

Contact Information

Jennifer Oberheim

Date/Time Information

Registration open June 5 - July 8th, 2023
Program starts August 25th, 2023
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Event Description

​2023 DLI registration deadline is July 8th, 2023.
The Decatur Leadership Institute is a community-wide effort, facilitated by the Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce to ensure high-quality citizen leadership to meet the present and future challenges that face the Decatur area. The program fills the need experienced by many communities for active involvement of informed and dedicated citizens in leadership roles throughout the community.

Decatur Leadership Institute (DLI) has been developing citizen leaders since 1985. The list of past graduates is full of community leaders who now serve on various boards, commissions and committees throughout the Decatur and Macon County area. The future of Macon County is linked to the quality of its leadership. Be part of that future and become an active, motivated leader through the Decatur Leadership Institute! 
  • Get involved in effecting positive change within the community 
  • Build strong relationships to lead and serve the Decatur/Macon County community 
  • Experience a behind-the-scenes look at community government, business and municipalities
"DLI offers a unique and intimate way to get acclimated and/or reacclimated in my case, to your city.  In my opinion, it goes beyond just the awesome networking opportunities, and the great things the city of Decatur has to offer.  It challenges each participant to hold themselves accountable for how they plan to impact positive change every day in the community.  In a nutshell, if you want to be a true leader in this community and share ideas on how you are repping the city of Decatur, then DLI is definitely for you!" ~Johnette Mitchell, First Mid Bank & Trust, DLI Class of 2022

Program participants attend 14 once-a-week sessions, typically on Thursday mornings from 6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., where they experience on-site learning and gain an inside view of the industries and issues that shape our region. The program also entails group-based service learning projects and concludes with a graduation ceremony in December. $650 per person includes:
  • ​Orientation & team building session with dinner
  • "Light carb & coffee" at each session
  • Lunch & transportation to and from Springfield State Capitol (Legislative Session)
  • Tickets (2) to project presentation event
  • TIckets (2) to DLI Graduation

Download an application to get started.



$650 members
$850 non-members

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