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Leadership Menomonie

Participants have the opportunity to explore the Menomonie area in which they live and work. Leadership participants develop a valuable network of connections with classmates, program presenters, and community leaders. Leadership Menomonie participants will gain a broader and deeper perspective of the community and their role in it.

Businesses with employees participating in Leadership Menomonie benefit from participants' newfound knowledge and connections. Emerging leaders will strengthen their leadership toolkit, develop personal skills that will contribute to their role in the workplace. Experienced leaders will also benefit from discovering new opportunities to serve the community and learning firsthand about the vital local issues. All participants will expand their network and build strong connections to the community, making them more committed leaders.

What is Leadership Menomonie

Leadership Menomonie is an exclusive program of the Menomonie Area Chamber & Visitor Center for Chamber Investor businesses that commences with a retreat in August followed by ten months of leadership programming.  The inclusive leadership training program is transformational for the class attendees as well as the business team they serve. The exclusive tours and hands-on experiences, participants learn more about local government, education, economic development, agriculture, health, and more!

Leadership Menomonie participants cultivate new relationships throughout the community, explore regional issues, and deepen their leadership skills. At the conclusion of the program, the graduates are poised to have increased impact through their civic engagement.

Class size can accommodate up to 22 participants from an array of industries in the Menomonie area. Promote your business and engage up to three of your team members in Leadership Menomonie!

The Leadership Menomonie Experience

Leadership Menomonie kicks off with a mandatory overnight opening retreat in August. This retreat provides an array of relationship building activities, receive an overview of the guidelines and expectations, learn from Menomonie area non-profit organizations, experience leadership development, collaborate on potential community service projects, and participate in organized free time.

During the program year, the participants will meet on the third Thursday of each month at varying locations in the Menomonie area. During these program days, participants explore various aspects of our community, and are exposed to the challenges and successes that face the Menomonie area. The monthly program days are typically held from approximately 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The program concludes with graduation in June.

Team collaboration, planning, implementation, execution, and presentation of a community project that will benefit the Menomonie area is required. Participants will be randomly assigned to work as a team that will be expected to devote time outside and during the regularly scheduled monthly class meetings to devote to the project. The project will be presented during the graduation celebration.

Attendance Policy: Regular attendance and punctuality are essential for the smooth operation of this program. A maximum of two classes may be missed. Missing more than two classes will result in immediate termination of the attendee from the class.

Financial Commitment

Leadership Menomonie Individual Tuition is $1,125, which includes all program fees, leadership retreat, tours, monthly program transportation, program supplies, and meals.

The financial commitment may be paid by the applicant, their employer, or by a combination of both. Tuition must be paid in full prior to Leadership Menomonie retreat in August.

Scholarships may be available. Submit a letter in addition with your application to [email protected]

Please note, transportation to the 2023 - 2024 (August 2023) retreat will be at class participant expense.

2022 - 2023 Schedule:

August 30-31 - Overnight Retreat at White's Wildwood Retreat
(Aug 30 - late afternoon/evening until August 31 late afternoon)
September 15 - Arts, Heritage & Tourism
October 20 - Education
November - Work on Community Project (groups pick the date - half day)
December 15 - Professional Development / Community Service (half day)
January 19 - Manufacturing
February 16 - Business & Industry
March 23 - Ag, Environment, & Natural Resources (note 4th Thursday)
April 20 - Health & Human Services
May 18 - Government & Law
June 15 - Graduation (half day)

*Schedule with dates and topics subject to change

After you register, a program participant information form will be provided.  Registration is first come, first serve as this program has limited space.

Program Sponsors

CLASS OF 2022 - 2023

Stacie Breitung - WESTconsin Credit Union

Brittani Nordquist - 3M Company

Stanley Lichucki - Andersen Corporation Manufacturing

Dianna Fiergola - Mainstream Boutique

Jennifer Pulk - School District of the Menomonie Area

Dana Neil - Stepping Stones of Dunn County

Tamara Brantmeier - University of Wisconsin - Stout

Elizabeth Ponath - WESTconsin Credit Union

Megan Overbaugh - 3M Company

Rob Martineu - Andersen Corporation Manufacturing

Michael West "Westy" - Markquart Menomonie

Joellen Garlick - Phillips-Medisize

Travis Ida - Trust Point Inc.

Maggie McLoone - Weld Riley S.C.

Join Next Year's Class

To learn more about Leadership Menomonie and determine if the program is right for you, contact the Program Manager at [email protected] via email or 715-235-9087 by phone. Ready to apply?

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