The IARFuture Leadership Initiative is an opportunity to take your potential to the next level.  It is a one-of-a kind program designed to develop, train, and strengthen future generations of leaders working in not-for-profit social service agencies. The eight, day-long sessions and conference mini module offer you the chance to learn from leaders in organizations that are changing the face of service delivery and re-tooling their agencies to meet the opportunities of the future. It also offers the chance to create an amazing support network among your fellow participants.  View Application.


Why participate?

Through a series of modules developed by leading minds in the areas of organizational culture, strategic thinking, planning, decision making, and system advocacy, IARFuture class participants will learn and/or expand their skills to overcome organizational challenges, and innovate in a time of significant system change. IARFuture truly prepares the leaders of tomorrow!  Imagine the value of learning together and shared experiences – the networking opportunities to build professional relationships across sectors, the sharing of best practices and ideas to make our organizations stronger than they are today all while earning continuing education credits! Participants can earn up to 6 CEs per session.

Who should be nominated?

Individuals within ​an organization who have exhibited the desire and capabilities to lead. There is no rigid age requirement for the application. No more than two applications per organization.


Learn more about the 2018 IARFuture Program: 

Session Dates

Learning Objectives



IARF Member: $2,800

Non-Member: $3,800

Tuition includes learning sessions, one hotel room for each session, lunch and dinner the day of each session and all materials.


Application Process

Applications are due January 24, 2018. Applications must be received either by mail or email at close of business that day. All applications will be acknowledged by return email. After applications are submitted, a selection committee will blindly review them, the 2018 Class will be selected, and sessions begin in February 2018.



Questions should be directed to Maggie Henley - by phone (217) 753-1190 ext. 108 or by email at mhenley@iarf.org.


2017 IARFuture Graduates


Valena Younis-Atilade, Clearbrook; Kim Berenberg, Glenkirk; Denise King, Bridgeway; Gene Stephens, Open Door Rehabilitation Center; Nicole Safford; Opportunity House; Wanda Tatum, Opportunity House; Melissa McDaniel, CTF Illinois; Jennifer Carlson, Developmental Services Center; Emily Fencl, Clearbrook; Joan Snyder-Budz, Sertoma Centre; Christine Zanca, Search, Inc.; Kylie Doorn, Envision Unlimited; Patty Birkner, DDS of Metro East

Samantha Adamski, Association for Individual Development; Missy Munday, Cornerstone Services; Kim Hudgens, Cornerstone Services; Randi Mercado, Goldie B. Floberg Center; Cheryl Banasiak, Association for Individual Development; Megan Kuhn, Kreider Services; Brigette O'Brien; Kreider Services; Danielle Swango, CCAR Industries; Bobbie Eastin, CCAR Industries (Not Pictured: Cory Gumm, Glenkirk)


2016 IARFuture Graduates


Lori Randle, Blue Cap; Valencia Thompson, Blue Cap; Joyce Weston, Thresholds.; Marcos Herrera, Envision Unlimited; Patty Walters, Developmental Services Center; Danielle Matthews, Developmental Services Center; Rita Potter, Open Door Rehabilitation Center; Beth Owens, DDSME; Erin Ivancich, Goldie B. Floberg Center; Kate Strohmeier, DDSME; Hilaree Lombardo, Kreider Services; Kevin Schaefer, Trinity Services; Kristy Krisher, Bridgeway; Elizabeth Garcia, Goldie B. Floberg Center; Jacqueline Steward, Envision Unlimited (Not Pictured: Greg Petersen, Keystone Alliance)