This application page is for the LGMC Core Program which is currently closed. For the Intern application, visit the Intern Program Page.

Thank you for your interest in LGMC. We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2021. While it is an uncertain time in our world, one certainty is the importance of connecting with other leaders and influencers in our county. LGMC is the vehicle to accomplish just that and the Class of 2021 will begin in the fall of 2020!

Application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020 (Application Fee $35)

The dynamic impact of COVID-19 and many changes and challenges in McHenry County underscore the need for capable and informed leaders from every sector of our community. Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC) is the area’s premier leadership program designed to help educate professionals to gain the knowledge and access they need to be inspired to actively participate as civic leaders throughout our county.


LGMC Invites Applicants Who

  • Are leaders (or emerging leaders) in their organization.
  • Are residents, or work in McHenry County.
  • Are ready to fully commit to a dynamic ten-month program.

Each year, 32 McHenry County leaders from all sectors of the community are selected for our ten-month program dedicated to educating and inspiring them to engage in community leaders. It takes a committed individual to want to learn more about the community in order to positively shape its future. For a leader to know it's a right fit, one needs to have a clear understanding of expectations.


Orientation Thursday, Sept 24, 2020
Retreat Friday & Saturday Oct. 2 & 3, 2020
Leadership Day Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
Program Day 1 Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
Program Day 2 Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
Program Day 3 Thursday, Jan 14, 2021
Program Day 4 Thursday, Feb 11, 2021
Mid Year Retreat Thursday, Feb 25, 2021
Challenge Day 1 Thursday, March 11, 2021
Challenge Day 2 Thursday, April 8, 2021
Challenge Day 3 Thursday, May 13, 2021
Challenge Day 4 Thursday, June 3, 2021
Year End Retreat Thursday, June 10, 2021
Graduation Thursday, June 17, 2021

Program Attendance Commitment

For the Class of 2021, the LGMC Core program starts in September and culminates mid-June. Mandatory classes convene once a month preceded by an Orientation and two-day Retreat in September. (See class dates).

Employer Commitment

Because the LGMC program is a eleven-month commitment, organizations must agree to support their employees by allowing them the time to participate.

As part of the application process candidates and their employers are required to complete a Commitment Form to ensure clarity of expectations.

Selection Process and Criteria

The Class of 2021 will be selected through an interview process conducted by members of the Alumni Selection Committee. The maximum number of candidates selected is 32. All candidates will be scheduled for a 45 minute interview beginning in late May and into June. Participants will be selected based on their commitment to community and personal leadership aspirations. The selection committee will carefully consider diversity to assure the program and community are fairly represented. Applicants will be notified of acceptance at the end of June and must confirm their acceptance by July 15, 2020.


Tuition for each participant is $3,600. If accepted into the program, tuition payment is due in full prior to August 15, 2020.

Tuition Assistance

LGMC will offer financial assistance through scholarships. While LGMC does not grant 100% scholarship, and as a participant you are expected to pay a portion of the tuition, We are sensitive to the challenges individuals and companies are facing, as a result scholarship support will be available. Scholarship applications must be completed in order to be eligible for scholarship consideration. LGMC does not grant 100% scholarship. As a participant you are expected to pay a portion of the tuition. Payment plans are available.

If you are requesting tuition assistance complete the Scholarship Form, and submit at time of application. All applications for assistance are confidential.

Are you ready to take the next step toward a life-changing year?

If your answer is YES, the next step is to complete the application. Proceed to Step 1.

Final Application Deadline is extended to June 1, 2020 (Application Fee $35)




Apply to the LGMC program as outlined below:

  • Complete and electronically submit the application at the bottom of this page
  • Mail a non-refundable $35 application fee payable to LGMC P.O. Box 442, Woodstock, IL 60098
  • If requesting tuition assistance, the Scholarship Form must be electronically submitted promptly after your application.


Once your application is received an interview will be scheduled. Prior to your interview submit the following:

  • Two reference letters; one professional and one personal
  • The LGMC Commitment Form

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