The non-partisan Billie Sutton Leadership Institute is dedicated to inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders to build a stronger South Dakota and more vibrant communities and workplaces through service to others.


The Billie Sutton Leadership Institute is a free, year-long leadership development program for a selective class of young professionals, community leaders, local elected officials, and people interested in public service or getting more involved in their community.

Sutton Leadership fellows will network and engage with some of the state’s top private and public sector leaders while learning leadership skills in workshops conducted by national experts. Fellows will gain the skills and confidence to build and carry out plans to make a difference in their communities.