• Apply Now for the 2021-22 Leadership in the Valley Cohort!

    MISSION: To engage local leaders to invest in their community by embracing our history, community affairs, and current challenges to enrich life in the valley, make our communities stronger and enhance personal leadership skills.

    PURPOSE: The program gives participants the opportunity to better understand our community and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders. Leadership in the Valley is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues. The makeup of each year’s class is intended to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our community. 

    ELIGIBILITY: Residents who live or individuals who work in the St. Croix Valley area are eligible to apply for Leadership in the Valley. Applications must be received by the deadline: June 15, 2021 (postmark deadline).   

    STRUCTURE: Leadership in the Valley is a nine-month program from September through May. Classes meet in different locations around the community each month exploring a major topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Topics addressed include community and the arts, government, agriculture and environment, education, diversity, public safety-law, economic development/business, health and human services, and leadership development. At the end of the Leadership in the Valley program year, a graduation ceremony and dinner will be held in recognition of the class. After completing the program, graduates will become alumni of the Leadership in the Valley Alumni group.

    ATTENDANCE: Leadership in the Valley requires a strict time commitment. Class members must attend a minimum of 80 percent of all sessions and participate in a community project with classmates. The class will break into smaller groups to work together on a community project which will take additional time outside of the class sessions. This is a requirement to graduate from the program. The community projects serve as a crucible where class members will practice and apply leadership skills in a small-group experience, work with community leaders, gain an in-depth understanding of a community organization and/or community need, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Project work is done outside of regular day session meetings. Meeting times and locations are determined by project group members. 

    COST: A $25.00 non-refundable application fee is due when this application is submitted. Pay application fee here. The tuition fee for Leadership in the Valley is $1,195 for non-Chamber members and $995 for Chamber members, which covers all costs for orientation meals, materials, supplies and supplemental transportation throughout the year. The fee may be paid by the participant and/or their business firm or organization. Tuition payment in full is due by September 1, 2021 to participate in the program. 


    Leadership in the Valley allows participants to: 

    Gain exposure to current issues and developments  

    Visit local sites and facilities  

    Meet local and regional leaders  

    Develop and expand network of contacts  

    Broaden perspectives and understanding  

    Build friendships and working relationships with class members 

    Give back to the community through participation in group project    

    Bring together people who welcome the opportunity to expand their involvement in community affairs

    Have the opportunity to explore new leadership responsibilities in the valley

    Enhance and grow leadership skills and form beneficial professional relationships

    Stimulate an understanding of the forces and trends affecting the development of the community 

    Increase knowledge of, and commitment to, the greater Stillwater area (the Valley)

    Participants must attend at least 80% of all sessions (maximum 2 absences). The first kick-off program day is mandatory in effort to develop early cohesion of the group.  Attendance below the 80% guideline means the participant will not graduate from Leadership in the Valley. Class projects will consume time outside of the regular day sessions approximately 10-20 hours of outside time.  Project group members schedule meetings according to their collective availability. 

    Leadership in the Valley Program - Class of 2022 Curriculum Days & Dates:

    Program Kick-Off Day, Wednesday, September 15, 2021  

    New Class Evening Social, Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Community + The Arts Day, Thursday, October 14, 2021

    Government Day, Thursday, November 11, 2021

    Diversity Day, Thursday, December 9, 2021

    Health + Wellness Day, Thursday, January 13, 2022

    Education Day, Thursday February 10, 2022

    Business + Economic Development Day, Thursday, March 10, 2022

    Public Safety + Law Day, Thursday, April 7, 2022

    Agriculture + Environment Day, Wednesday, May 11, 2022

    Graduation Ceremony (Evening Event), Thursday, May 12, 2022

    The Greater Stillwater Chamber maintains a non-discriminatory policy as an equal opportunity organization to ensure that all participants are treated equally and fairly regardless of age, race, sex, creed, color, handicap, or national origin. 
    The Leadership in the Valley Steering Committee will review each application independently. Applications will be evaluated and applicants be will notified by letter about this year’s class selection by the end of June.   

    TUITION: If accepted into Leadership in the Valley, you and/or your company or organization will be obligated for the tuition fee of $1195 for non-Chamber members or $995 for Chamber members, which covers all program costs (meals, supplemental transportation, and supplies). Tuition payment in full is due by September 1, 2021.    

    APPLICATION FEE: A $25.00 non-refundable application fee must be received with your completed application to be considered. 

    APPLY HERE! Read Application Instructions HERE.

    The Leadership in the Valley (LITV) program is designed to bring emerging and existing leaders, and consequently their organizations, together who welcome the opportunity to expand their involvement in community affairs and are willing to explore new leadership responsibilities in the community, enhance and grow their personal leadership skills, form beneficial professional relationships, stimulate an understanding of the forces and trends affecting the area, and become involved with a community project. Meet the LITV Steering Committee.

    The inaugural LITV class graduated in May of 2020, despite COVID; and the 2021 class is scheduled to complete the program and celebrate their graduation in June of 2021. Both cohorts displayed their enhanced leadership skills by having to pivot multiple times during this unprecedented pandemic and learning flexibility during a worldwide health crisis.  

    VIEW the Graduating Class of 2020 Yearbook Here!   

    VIEW the 2021 Graduation Ceremony held on June 8, 2021 at the Stillwater Event Center!

    VIEW the 2020 Graduation Ceremony held on September 29, 2020 at the Royal Golf Club!
    Thank you to Valley Access Channels for capturing these ceremonies on video.

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