Saline Leadership Institute was founded in 1998 by a group of community members representing education, commerce, government, business and philanthropies in and around Saline. In a spirit of collegiality. This group developed dialogue and discussion to develop their own personal leadership skills while engaging communication and cooperation between individuals and groups in the growing Saline area community.

Each year since then, approximately 25 community leaders have enrolled in SLI. Today there are more than 400 graduates armed with practical communication tools, valuable community connections and the confidence gained through shared learning experiences to be better leaders in their homes, groups, organizations and workplaces.