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Community Leadership

Lead Through Community...


The Heart of Wisconsin Community Leadership Program is a dynamic and interactive leadership development experience designed to empower participants to be catalysts for positive change by providing a deeper understanding of our community through sharing practical tools for effective community leadership.

2024 - 2025 Heart of Wisconsin Community Leadership Application

Key Skills and Knowledge Learned

Organizational and community leadership skills
Interpersonal skills
Personal and interpersonal skills
Local economic development and local/county economy
The basics of local, county, and state government
A solid background in issues related to Education, Health and Human Services, Governmental Systems, and Economic Development
Hand shake
Hands-on leadership skills including conflict resolution, working with groups, influencing change, and networking

Who should participate?

  • Anyone interested in community involvement.
  • Anyone interested in enhancing skills of leadership.

What is the time commitment?

One 1 & 1/2 day retreat in October, seven full-day sessions (once a month) from November through May, community project meetings, and an end of the year celebration. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. This program will also provide participants with opportunities to interact with various community leaders.


Corporations, individuals, organizations, or other businesses may nominate applicants. Forms will be sent directly to the nominated applicants when requested.

Tuition Fees

$800 registration fee per participant

Partial scholarships may be available for not-for-profit participants to cover part of the program cost. Any individual involved in a non-profit, non-governmental organization may apply. Selection will be done by the Leadership Advisory Board. Applicants are expected to show a commitment to the program through regular attendance. Class members will be automatically dropped, with no refund, after two (2) unexcused absences.

Sponsorships are available for this program!

Contact Laura Bonner-Ridgway, Workforce & Community Development Director

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