The Application Process

Applying to Leadership SLO is a process that requires your time and thought, and, if you are employed, your employer’s agreement. Please be assured that if you are accepted to Leadership SLO, we will do everything possible to make sure that tuition payments are not an obstacle. No one in the interview is aware of scholarship requests.

1. The Application

Sorry to say we’ve had too many troubles with writable PDFs so we’re going old-school. Please just download the Word docs to fill out your application. You may need to “enable editing” after downloading.



Sample Letter of Recommendation

2.  The Interview

Following acceptance of your complete application package and most likely after October 4th, you will be asked to sign up for your group interview with a group of Leadership SLO alums.

3. Submitting your Application

To submit your application please send the following as attached PDFs to

PDF is the only format accepted.

Applications consist of 3 separate documents:

a. The Application

Please save your PDF FirstNameLastName2020APP

b. The Acceptance & Attendance Agreement, Tuition Agreement, Tuition Worksheet, race and ethnicity form (the race and ethnicity form is optional)

Please save your PDF FirstNameLastName2020SUPP (for Supplemental)

c. Letters of Recommendation may be scanned and submitted as your third document.

Please save your PDF FirstNameLastName2020LOR (for Letters of Recommendation)

Alternately, letters of recommendation may be mailed directly to:

Sandi Sigurdson / Leadership SLO

895 Monterey St. SLO, CA 93401

Only 2 letters of recommendation are accepted. In the event that more are submitted, the executive director will choose the 2 presented to the interview committee.

Late applications will not be accepted

And despite how harsh those instructions sound, you can call Sandi with any difficulties: (805) 786-2765

Dates & Deadlines

Timeline for 2020 Class 29


October 4 Deadline for Applications
Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 Group Interviews Scheduled
Late November
Notification for Class 29-2020
December 4 Tuition Due


Retreat 2020 Dates

January 9
3 P.M. Arrival at Wonder Valley in the Sierra foothills
January 10 Retreat continues
January 11 Noon departure Wonder Valley


Day Sessions

February 14 * March 13 * April 10

May 8 * June 12 * July 10

August 14 * September 11 * October 9

Each day session is a full day commitment: 7:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Ag & Manufacturing Day “Tour Day” begins at 6:30 a.m.

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